james, harwick + partners, dallas

The Atlantic Commons redevelopment project will be a self-contained metropolitan neighborhood with lofts, terraced apartments, and townhouses. The project will also please passersby with retail stores at the street level. "We tried to create a neighborhood streetscape using the components of multifamily," says project architect Carl Malcolm.

The site, previously home to the Atlantic Steel Mill, contains four separate but adjacent parcels. Phase one of the four-phase project--scheduled to begin this year--will consist of high-end and mixed-income apartments, exercise facilities, and centers for business and entertainment. The one- and two-bedroom rental units will have island kitchens, unusually shaped floor plans, and loftlike interiors. Careful detailing and quality materials will highlight the facades and the elements of the streetscape.

The project, the judges said, "shows a lot of potential for transforming an old site."

project architect: Carl Malcolm, James, Harwick + Partners
developer: Realty Development Corp., Atlanta
general contractor: Realty Construction Corp., Alpharetta, Ga.
landscape architect: Greg Arnold Associates, Alpharetta
interior designer: Interior Acquisitions, Atlanta
project size: 650 to 1,600 square feet per unit
site size: 14.7 acres
construction cost: To be determined
rental price: To be determined
units in project: 3,500
rendering: James, Harwick + Partners