2009 Best Development Awards Recipients

New Commercial/Civic: Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give Marshalltown Public Library our 2009 Best Development Awards under the category of Best New Commercial Development for the Marshalltown Public Library, in Marshalltown, Iowa.

The Marshalltown Public Library was selected to receive the award for Best New Commercial/Civic Development due to the Library’s commitment to staying in the city center, creating urban open space, and developing the first Iowa LEED Certified Public Library.

New Residential: Court Avenue Lofts, Des Moines

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give ge WATTIER architecture, inc our 2009 Best Development Awards under the category of Best New Residential for the Court Avenue Lofts, in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Court Avenue Lofts was selected to receive the award for Best New Residential Development due the projects dedication to provide infill urban housing in the core of Des Moines and facilitating an active walkable environment.

Renovated Commercial/Civic: The Durrant Building, Dubuque

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give The Durrant Group Inc. our 2009 Best Development Award under the category of Best Renovated Commercial Development for The Durrant Building, in Dubuque, Iowa.

The Durrant Building development was selected to receive the award for Best Renovated Commercial Development due to The Durrant Groups dedication to staying in the Port of Dubuque and utilizing sustainable building practices.

Renovated Residential: Westfield Avenue Lofts, Waterloo

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give NCN Limited Company, L.L.C. our 2009 Best Development Awards under the category of Best Renovated Residential Development for the Westfield Lofts, in Waterloo, Iowa.

The Westfield Lofts development was selected to receive the award for Best Renovated Residential Development because it is the first historical residential renovation project in downtown Waterloo and is a spark that will hope to encourage future revitalization for the downtown area.

Mixed Use: Plaza Towers , Iowa City

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give Moen Group our 2009 Best Development Award under the category of Best Mixed Use Development for the Plaza Towers development in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Plaza Towers development was selected to receive the award for Best Mixed Use Development due to their success at transforming a Brownfield to a vibrant mixed-use facility that has enhanced the quality of life in Iowa City.

Leadership: Historic Millwork District Master Plan, Dubuque

1000 Friends of Iowa is pleased to give the our 2009 Best Development Awards under the category of Leadership to the Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A. for the Historic Millwork District Master Plan in Dubuque, Iowa.

The Historic Millwork District Master Plan was selected to receive the award for Best Leadership because it is a model for future communities in Iowa where historic preservation and sustainability can be combined on a grand scale to promote a higher quality of life.