11th Annual Innovator Awards Honor Best in the Industry

by Katie Sloan

Austin, Texas — Wednesday evening, July 14, Student Housing Business presented 25 prestigious Innovator Awards to student housing owners, developers, operators, architecture firms and universities for excellence in student housing development, marketing and operations. More than 100 industry experts judged on more than 140 entries in this year’s contest — the largest number of submissions to date.

The Innovator Awards were presented during the InterFace Student Housing conference at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. Look out for more details on the winning projects in the July/August issue of Student Housing Business magazine. Winners are listed by award, project and winner/winning team.


Best Renovation of Existing University Housing

Highland Hall – Louisiana State University

RHH Architects, RISE, Provident Group-Flagship Properties


Best Implementation of Mixed-Use or Live-Learn

UIC Academic & Residential Complex

University of Illinois-Chicago, American Campus Communities


Best Vendor/University Solution

EZ Turn


Best Public-Private Financing Solution

Manzanita Square, San Francisco State University

American Campus Communities


Best Use of Green & Sustainable Construction/Design

Lantana Hall – ASU Polytechnic Campus

Shepley Bulfinch


Best Architecture/Design

UIC Academic & Residential Complex

Solomon Cordwell Buenz, University of Illinois-Chicago and American Campus Communities


Best Public/Private Partnership Development

Woodlawn Residential & Dining Commons, University of Chicago

Capstone Development Partners


Best New Development by a College, University or Institution

University of Illinois-Chicago and American Campus Communities

UIC Academic & Residential Complex



Best Package and Offering of Amenities


Gilbane Development Co.


Best Marketing & Lease-up Program

oLiv Tempe

Core Spaces


Best Mobile Marketing Campaign

Aero on 24th

GRO/Asset Living


Best Social Media Campaign

New Lease on Life

Landmark Properties


Best In-House Management Innovation

Renewal Tracker

CA Ventures


Best Vendor/Operator Solution

University Center – Chicago

PeakMade Real Estate and StarRez


Best Financing Solution

Sol at West Village

Walker & Dunlop, Landmark Properties and Ocean West Partners


Best Implementation of Mixed-use

oLiv Tucson

Core Spaces


Best Bandwidth and Connectivity Solution

Lifestyle Mobile App

Core Spaces


Best Turnaround Project/Value-add

Lodges at 777

Cardinal Group Management and Saban


Best Renovation of an Existing Project

University Center – Chicago

PeakMade Real Estate, Blue Vista, BKV Group


Best Use of Green & Sustainable Construction & Development

Sterling 5th Street

The Dinerstein Companies


Best Interior Design


Lincoln Ventures, Gensler and Chelsea Kloss Interiors


Best Architecture & Design <400 beds

Academy 65 – Sacramento

BSB Design


Best Architecture & Design >400 beds

The Overlook at St. Gabriel’s

PeakMade Real Estate, CC&F, Blue Vista


Best New Development <400 beds

The Walk – Tuscaloosa

Spaces Management


Best New Development >400 beds


Lincoln Ventures

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