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2020 Award Winners



Development up to 3 Stories, For Rent


Bungalows on the Lake at Prairie Queen: Phase 1

Judges' Discretionary Award for Innovative Site & Concept Strategies

Papillion, Nebraska

Architect/Designer | Opticos Design Inc.

Builder | Urban Waters

Developer | Urban Waters

Land Planner | Opticos Design Inc.

Landscape Architect/Designer | Garth Goode

Marketing Firm | Urban Waters

Green Verifier/Rater | REScheck Republic

Photographers | Tom Kessler Photograhpy | Omaha Drone Services

This 50-acre, 747-unit project is the country’s first “missing middle” neighborhood. Phase 1 with 132 units is completed and 100 percent leased. The concept meets the growing demand for more sophisticated rental housing by delivering house-scale, multi-unit buildings, that live much like a single-family home, that are oriented within a street-and block framework to deliver not just a multifamily project but rather a neighborhood.

There are six core building types; no building has more than eight units. There are no shared corridors or elevators; private outdoors spaces for units make it optimal in response to COVID.  A neighborhood main street was created with live-work units, one of which is occupied by a pizza shop. The project has been built in sub-phases with about 40 unit in each sub-phase. For the builder, this approach provides agility: tiered financing for each sub-phase, tiered occupancy so that revenue streams begin as each building is completed, and the ability to exchange unit types within the same building footprint to respond to the market.

From the Judges
The judges praised the creative land planning and density of the site. They noted the mix of different styles to make it more like a neighborhood and the amount of variety, which isn’t typical in for-rent communities.

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