On December 2nd, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Virginia recognized Emory’s WaterHub at its 2015 Vision Awards. As many know, ULI is a well-respected planning organization dedicated to recognizing “leadership in the responsible use of land”, as well as “creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.” Despite its location outside of the state, this year the Virginia Chapter awarded the WaterHub at Emory University with the 2015 Innovative Deal of the Year Award.
Sustainable Water, based in Richmond, Virginia, submitted the project as a high-impact, urban water management model that could be replicated virtually anywhere in the country. The award praises the WaterHub project for its advanced land use and design practices that respect the uniqueness of both the built and natural environments. More importantly, however, the award recognizes the WaterHub for the innovation brought to the market through new, performance-based project finance solutions.
Jodie Strum, Chair of Vision Awards & ULI Virginia Management Committee, proclaimed, “Sustainable Water’s WaterHub is a fantastic example of a project that embodies [ULI’s] mission and we were happy to see it take home the Innovative Deal of the Year Award at ULI Virginia’s 2015 Vision Awards.”
With the 2015 Innovative Deal of the Year Award claiming award number six, previous WaterHub achievements include:
- 2015 Project Achievement Award; Construction Management Association of America
- 2015 Innovative Project of the Year Award; WateReuse Association
- 2015 Liquid Assets Award; Metro Atlanta Chamber
- 2015 Superior Environmental Performance Award; Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference and the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers
- 2015 Engineering Excellence Grand Award; American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina