The Urban Land Institute named SOM’s Denver Union Station as a winner of its 2015 Global Awards for Excellence. The annual program recognizes projects worldwide that achieve a high standard in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The jury announced the ten winners at ULI’s 2015 Fall Meeting on October 6, 2015.
Denver’s historic Union Station is a Beaux Arts masterpiece located on the edge of the city’s central business district. SOM converted 20 acres of former rail yards to expand and transform this station into the heart of an urban transit network. One of the largest of its kind in the United States, the design orchestrates light rail, commuter and intercity rail, bicycle and bus routes, and pedestrian pathways into an intermodal hub. The LEED® certified station expertly combines environmental sustainability with historic preservation, with a forward-looking design that demonstrates the power of transit-oriented development.
“This year’s finalists and winners demonstrate how innovation and design intersect with development performance,” said ULI jury chair Michael Covarrubias. “The diversity of these projects is a reflection of the land use industry’s interdisciplinary nature, illustrating the variety of ways to stabilize a neighborhood, improve the streetscape, and create meaningful experiences for communities worldwide.”