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2023 Award Winners



On-the-Boards Community


Uplands Colorado


Westminster, Colorado

Architect/Designer | Godden Suddik Architects

Builder | Dream Finders Homes

Developer | Oread Capital and Development with Varde Partners

Land Planner | Norris Design

Landscape Architect/Designer | Norris Design

In a market challenged by one of the country’s greatest housing shortages, Uplands is a solution-oriented master planned community creating vital housing opportunities for Colorado’s “missing middle.” Located midway between Denver and Boulder, the development of this infill site marks the revitalization of an historically underutilized and underfunded pocket of the city of Westminster.

Designed to promote inclusion and connection, the master plan envisions tackling the affordability gap through the development of 2,300 homes—from for-rent affordable apartments to for-sale single-family homes and townhomes serving Westminster’s critical workforce. The community incorporates a pedestrian-friendly Village Center, mimicking a Main Street concept with tree-lined boutique retail and restaurant spaces.

Uplands is more than the addition of a new community; it’s the enrichment of an existing community. A true transformation, this underutilized site will become an activated gathering place without sacrificing convenience or challenging affordability. Featuring 40 acres of parks and green spaces, strategically placed along the perimeter of the site to establish a unified sense of community, Uplands will break barriers for thousands of Colorado residents looking to purchase their first home and act as a catalyst for Westminster’s long-term growth.

From the Judges
This is a well thought-out master plan featuring an innovative mix of two-and three-story housing products. There are lots of green space for families, too—the playground is fabulous. 

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