Taller Puertorriqueño’s El Corazón Cultural Center recently won a ULI Philadelphia Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence for its thoughtful design, community impact, sustainability and financial success. The recognition marks the sixth award to one of our projects in the five-year course of the Rouse Awards. “A great project begins and ends with a great client, we have been extremely fortunate to be part of fantastic collaborations”, said Antonio Fiol-Silva who led all projects, “Taller’s win is particularly sweet, as it caps a 10-year labor of love to realize a place (sitio) that stands to have an enormous impact in the Latino community in Philadelphia.”
The Awards for Excellence celebrate all aspects of development and land use and recognize superior projects completed in the region within the last five years. The winners represent a variety of project types and were selected by a national jury of 12 experts based on not just one element, such as innovation in design, but for a range of characteristics including high standard of real estate development, achieving sustainability and building performance, innovation in site reuse, social impact for the surrounding community and financial success. This year’s winners rose to the top amidst a group of excellent projects by impressing the jury in overcoming obstacles in development and representing models of innovation and leadership. The winners were announced at a celebration featuring Inga Saffron, Pulitzer Prize winning Architectural Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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