NH&RA Announces Oconomowoc School Apartments as Prestigious 2014 “Timmy” Historic Rehabilitation Award Finalist

NH&RA Announces Winners and Finalists for 2014 Historic Rehabilitation Awards
Cotton Buildings, Vinegar Warehouse and Vacant Hotel Preserved for New Uses

A group of former cotton press buildings redeveloped into housing and retail, a distressed Art Deco hotel preserved as permanent supportive housing, and a vinegar warehouse converted to an art gallery are among the innovative projects chosen to receive a 2014 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation (“Timmy” Award).

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) announced three winners and ten finalists for the 2014 Timmy Awards (9 September 2014). The awards will be presented October 7 in Boston, Mass. during NH&RA’s 2014 Fall Developers Forum at a luncheon ceremony at the Boston College Club. The Timmy Awards honor outstanding real estate projects that involve rehabilitation of older, historic buildings primarily using Federal or State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Nominated projects are judged for overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, innovative approach to construction and use of building materials, community impact, sustainability and financial and market success.

The awards are selected annually by a multidisciplinary panel of judges that includes developers, transactional consultants as well as an architect and preservation advocate. This year, judges selected winners and finalists from a total of 40 applications hailing from 23 states and the District of Columbia, the widest geographic representation in the history of the Timmy Awards competition. States included Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

“Over the past decade, this competition has honored dozens of successful projects that utilize Federal and State Historic Tax Credits,” says NH&RA Executive Director Thom Amdur. “We are thrilled to recognize such an innovative and impressive group of projects on the tenth anniversary of the Timmy Awards program. It is remarkable to see the transformations of these historic buildings and the impact the projects have made on their communities.”

NH&RA created the “Timmy Awards” in 2005 in memory of Boston architect and preservation advocate J. Timothy Anderson. A singular figure in the historic rehabilitation business, his legacy includes numerous Boston area projects and a seminal study that helped preserve Miami’s South Beach area. The 2014 Timmy Awards are co-sponsored by the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

2014 Winners & Finalists

Winners have been announced in three categories:

Best Commercial, Retail, or Non-Residential Project

Cider Gallery (Lawrence, Kan.)
Developer: Flint Hills Holdings (Lawrence, Kan.)
Architect: Rosemann and Associates (Lawrence, Kan.)
Historic Consultant: Rosin Preservation (Kansas City, Mo.)

Best Historic Rehab Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) – Small (Total Development Cost of $10 Million or Less)

The Warwick (Newport News, Va.)
Developer: Community Housing Partners (Richmond, Va.)
Architect: CHP Design Studio (Christiansburg, Va.)

Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits

Lykes Steamship District (New Orleans, La)
Developer: Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation (New Orleans, La.)
Architect: John C. Williams Architects, LLC (New Orleans, La.)
Historic Consultant: Fricker Historic Preservation Services, LLC (Baton Rouge, La.)

NH&RA has also announced finalists in two categories:

Best Market-Rate or Mixed-Income Residential

Cambridge YWCA (Cambridge, Mass.)
Developer: Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (Boston, Mass.)
Architect: Davis Square Architects (Somerville, Mass.)
Historic Consultant: Epsilon Associates (Maynard, Mass.)

The Locks (Richmond, Va.)
Developer: WVS Companies (Richmond, Va.)
Co-Developer: Fountainhead Development (Richmond, Va.)
Architect: Walter Parks Architects (Richmond, Va.)
Historic Consultant: Sadler Whitehead (Richmond, Va.)

Best Historic Rehab Utilizing LIHTCs – Large (Total Development Cost Above $10 Million)

Ames Shovel Works (North Easton, Mass.)
Developer: Beacon Communities, LLC (Boston, Mass.)
Architect: Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (Cambridge, Mass.)
Historic Consultant: Tremont Preservation Services (Boston, Mass.)

Boyle Hotel – Cummings Block (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Developer: East LA Community Corporation (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Architect: Richard Baron Architects (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Historic Consultant: Chattel Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Inc. (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

Garfield Commons Apartment Homes (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Developer: DESCO Arizona Affordable Housing, LLC (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Co-Developer: Phoenix Revitalization Corp (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Architect: Richard Biltform Architecture (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Historic Consultant: DeRito Partners, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Hyde Park South Apartments (St. Louis, Mo.)
Developer: ND Consulting Group (St. Louis, Mo.)
Co-Developer: Tim Person & Associates (St. Louis, Mo.)
Architect: AGM, Inc. (Shrewsbury, Mo.)
Historic Consultant: Jeffrey A. Brambila AIA, Architects & Planners (St. Louis, Mo.)

Linwood Mill Apartments (Northbridge, Mass.)
Developer: EA Fish Development (Braintree, Mass.)
Co-Developer: O’Connell Development Group, Inc. (Holyoke, Mass.)
Architect: The Architectural Team (Chelsea, Mass.)
Historic Consultant: MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC (Boston, Mass.)

Oconomowoc School Apartments (Oconomowoc, Wisc.)
Developer: Keystone Development, LLC (Oshkosh, Wisc.)
Co-Developer: Alliance Housing Development, LLC (Oshkosh, Wisc.)
Architect: Excel Engineers, Inc. (Fond du Lac, Wisc.)
Historic Consultant: MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC (Chicago, Ill.)

Schmidt Artist Lofts (St. Paul, Minn.)
Developer: Dominium Development (Plymouth, Minn.)
Architect: BKV Group (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Historic Consultant: MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC (Washington, D.C.)

The Commons at Imperial Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)
Developer: Columbia Residential (Atlanta, Ga.)
Co-Developer: National Church Residences (Columbus, Ohio)
Architect: Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects PC (Atlanta, Ga.)
Historic Consultant: Ray & Ellis Consulting (Atlanta, Ga.)

2014 Judges’ Awards

Additionally, the following projects, all finalists or winners in the awards general categories, were nominated for Judges’ Awards:
Best Historic Mill or Factory Rehabilitation

  • Ames Shovel Works (North Easton, Mass.)
  • Cider Gallery (Lawrence, Kan.)
  • Linwood Mill Apartments (Northbridge, Mass.)
  • Lykes Steamship District (New Orleans, La.)
  • Schmidt Artist Lofts (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Locks (Richmond, Va.)

Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse

  • Ames Shovel Works (North Easton, Mass.)
  • Boyle Hotel – Cummings Block (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Cider Gallery (Lawrence, Kan.)
  • Garfield Commons Apartment Homes (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Linwood Mill Apartments (Northbridge, Mass.)
  • Lykes Steamship District (New Orleans, La.)
  • Oconomowoc School Apartments (Oconomowoc, Wisc.)
  • Schmidt Artist Lofts (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • The Warwick (Newport News, Va.)

Achievement in Sustainability

  • Ames Shovel Works (North Easton, Mass.)
  • Cider Gallery (Lawrence, Kan.)
  • Garfield Commons Apartment Homes (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Lykes Steamship District (New Orleans, La.)
  • The Commons at Imperial Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • The Warwick (Newport News, Va.)

Most Advanced Financial Structure

  • Ames Shovel Works (North Easton, Mass.)
  • Cambridge YWCA (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Cider Gallery (Lawrence, Kan.)
  • Lykes Steamship District (New Orleans, La.)
  • The Commons at Imperial Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)

The 2014 Timmy Awards Judges, experts in architecture, real estate development and finance, construction, public policy, and historic preservation, are:

  • Josh Anderson, Cedarbend Consulting (Wenham, Mass.)
  • Ross Freeman, Pioneer Group, Inc. (Topeka, Kan.)
  • James W. Igoe, Preservation Massachusetts (Boston, Mass.)
  • John L. Kelly, Nixon Peabody LLP (New York, N.Y.)
  • Nick Ratti, CohnReznick LLP (Boston, Mass.)
  • Karl Stumpf, RTKL Associates Inc. (Miami, Fla.)

Additional information regarding the conference and awards luncheon is available at www.housingonline.

Text provided by NH&RA.

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