NAIOP NC Project of the Year

The Project of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding commercial development in North and South Carolina. 

Applications for each of the three categories are rated by a jury of members based on: the unique contribution to the economic growth and vitality of a region or community; demonstrated unique design innovation or the “cool factor”; and ability to overcome design, regulatory issues or other factors that challenged the project at various phases. The 2023 winners were announced at the NAIOP NC Conference in Pinehurst on March 2, during the Lunch & Awards Presentation.

The award winners will appear in the 2023 summer issue of NAIOP Development Magazine for national recognition.

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

New Development Project of the Year: FENTON (Cary, NC) - submitted by The Wilbert Group. Take a closer look at the project.

Industrial Project of the Year: SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK (Winston-Salem, NC) – submitted by Landmark Builders. Take a closer look at the project.

Redevelopment Project of the Year: RALEIGH IRON WORKS (Raleigh, NC) – submitted by CBRE and Brasfield & Gorrie. Take a closer look at the project.

Past Awards

2022 and 2021

  • 2022 New Development Project of the Year:  Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena & Conference Center and Jana and Ken Kahn Hotel - submitted by The Christman Company & Samet Corporation
  • 2022 Redevelopment Project of the Year: The Stitch - submitted by Choate Construction & Gensler
  • 2021 New Development Project of the Year: The Refinery - submitted by BB+M Architecture
  • 2021 Redevelopment Project of the Year:  Bailey South - submitted by Front Street Capital  


  • 2019 New Development Project of the Year: BB&T Leadership Institute - submitted by CJMW Architecture
  • 2019 Redevelopment/Adaptive Reuse Project of the Year: Raleigh Union Station - submitted by Clancy & Theys)


  • Member of the Year - Raleigh-Durham: Whitney Rodgers, Solutions pdm
  • Member of the Year - Piedmont Triad: James Mitchell, Smith Leonard PLLC
  • Member of the Year - Charlotte: Alyson Craig, UNCC
  • Developer of the Year: Andy Andrews, Dominion Realty Partners
  • Redevelopment Project of the Year: Bailey Power Plant - Winston-Salem
  • New Development Project of the Year: AvidXchange - Charlotte


  • Member of the Year - Raleigh-Durham: Paul MeyersFifth Third Bank
  • Member of the Year - Piedmont Triad: Reggie Beeson, Highwoods Properties
  • Member of the Year - Charlotte: Chris Thomas, Childress Klein
  • Developer of the Year: Highwoods Properties
  • Large Project of the Year: The Center for Technology and Innovation (CTI) - Raleigh
  • Small Project of the Year: The Shevell Building - Greensboro 


  • Member of the Year - Raleigh/Durham: Valoree Eikinas, PE, LEED, APCALYX Engineers + Consultants
  • Member of the Year - Piedmont Triad: Andy HardingDixon Hughes Goodman
  • Member of the Year - Charlotte: Barry LeasureGreerWalker
  • Developing Leader of the Year: Raffi SimelTriad Commercial Properties
  • Developer of the Year: Kane Realty Corporation
  • Project of the Year: MetLife Global Technology Campus - submitted by Highwoods Properties


  • Building Project of the Year: 751 West Fourth Street - submitted by Frank. L. Blum Construction
  • Green Project of the Year: Winston-Salem Student Success Center at Hill Hall - submitted by Shelco LLC and R.J. Leeper Construction
  • Real Estate Deal of the Year: Lenovo - submitted by CBRE