Congratulate the 2021 Awards of Excellence Winners


Contact: Hillary Lyon

NAIOP Awards of Excellence Recognizes Best and Brightest in Local Commercial Real Estate Community

Cleveland, November 10, 2021—the Awards of Excellence presented by the NAIOP Northern Ohio Chapter took place on Wednesday, November 10, at Windows on the River.  The annual program recognizes the best projects, developments, real estate transactions, and individual contributions in the commercial real estate industry in Northern Ohio over the past year.
Over 225 of the area’s top commercial real estate professionals attended the event. Demonstrating the high quality of work completed and celebrating design, development and marketing successes on various projects completed in 2020.  The awards program was followed by a cocktail reception to recognize the nominees, winners and to network with industry representatives.
Event sponsors were recognized and included Gold sponsors; Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors | Walter Haverfield LLP, and Naming Rights Sponsor; Buckley King.  The Bar Sponsor was Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate.  

We’re grateful for Properties Magazine who served as Media Sponsor and our Bronze Sponsor; The Albert M. Higley Company. Many thanks to these generous companies and individuals for their continued support.  

Hillary Lyon of Art EverySpace served as the Event Chair and Rob Weeks of R-Weeks Consulting as Vice Chair.

The Intent to Enter will be released soon to celebrate 2021 projects!

Below is a listing of the celebrated winners of each category.

INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME AWARD – Tom West, Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate

OFFICE INTERIOR DESIGN – The Schroer Group, vocon

EDUCATION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT – Baldwin Wallace University – Math, CS + Engineering, The Albert M. Highley Co.

INDUSTRIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT – Pitt Ohio Cleveland Terminal, Rycon Construction, Inc.

HIGH RISE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT – The Lumen at Playhouse Square, Gilbane Building Co.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECT – Church + State, M. Panzica Development

INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN – Pitt Ohio Cleveland Terminal, McGill Smith Punshon


INSTITUTIONAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN – Anthony J. Alexander Professional Development Center Addition, CBLH Design, Inc.


PUBLIC SPACE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN – Jackson Street Pier, City Architecture

INDUSTRIAL TRANSACTION – 1793 Enterprise Parkway – Eliot Kijewski, SIOR, Bob Wetzel and George J. Pofok, CCIM, SIOR, Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate and Jonathan Elson, Avison Young

OFFICE TRANSACTION – 1901 E. 13TH Building – Middough Inc. Renewal, Michael Cantor, Justin Hughes, Adam Gimbel, Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors

LAND REDEVELOPMENT TRANSACTION – Carmel of the Holy Family Monastery Disposition, Justin Hughes, Michael Cantor, Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors

INVESTMENT TRANSACTION – Edge 32 | Battery Park, Rico Pietro, Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO

EDUCATION EXTERIOR RENOVATION – Kent State University Design Innovation Hub, Gilbane Building Company

HONORABLE MENTION EXTERIOR RENOVATION – St. Ignatius High School Welsh Academy, Turner Construction

OFFICE INTERIOR RENOVATION – Babcock & Wilcox Global HQ Office, Kaczmar Architects Inc.

EDUCATION INTERIOR RENOVATION – Shaker Heights City School District Fenway Elementary School Restoration, Gilbane Building Company

INSTITUTION INTERIOR RENOVATION – Pivot Center for Art, Dance & Expression, City Architecture

INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION – Pitt Ohio Cleveland Terminal, Rycon Construction, Inc.

MIXED-USE INNOVATION – INTRO Cleveland, Harbor Bay Real Estate

Buckley King OFFICE BROKER – Eric Schreibman, Cushman & Wakefield | CRESO Real Estate

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION – John J. Carney and Robert N. Rains, The Landmark Companies

PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Debbie Berry, University Circle Inc.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Michael J. Merle, Ray Fogg Building Methods, Inc.