FILLAT+ Architecture’s 400 East Pratt Street Addition Wins Commendation in the ICSC 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards

Country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC’s 2017 RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, November 30, 2017

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards competition, recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in the U.S. retail real estate industry. ICSC has named FILLAT+ Architecture located in Washington, DC as a Commendation winner in the Renovations and Expansions category for their submission of the 400 East Pratt Street Addition in Baltimore, MD.

In the original Pratt Street Master Plan, all buildings were set back from the street a significant distance to provide green space as a way offsetting the industrial feel often found in urban centers. The intention was to create large landscaped berms that acted as a buffer between vehicular traffic and pedestrian promenades. This approach, however, created large empty and occasionally desolate spaces that weakened street connectivity and human interaction. The new Pratt Street Master Plan proposes to add projected Retail frontage to the existing architecture that will bring more commercial development to the area and increased pedestrian activity. 400 East Pratt was the first building addition to be built as part of the redevelopment vision set forth in the new Master Plan.

400 East Pratt Street is a mixed-use addition to an existing Class-A office building. The addition contains 44,000 square feet of retail and office space on two levels, surrounded on three sides by a two-story curtain wall. The ground floor hosts the new lobby serving the entire building as well as three fast-casual restaurants, a bank, and a convenient store. The second floor hosts a new office space and rooftop terrace that offers tenants scenic views of the city and harbor. The “jewel box” design concept was conceived to be light and transparent, not only to provide office tenants maximum visibility of the Inner Harbor during the day, but to glow in the evening with vibrant pedestrian activity. 400 East Pratt has become the design catalyst for future Pratt Street corridor redevelopments.

Professional recognition for this program was given to the following individuals:

Architect: Peter A. Fillat III, AIA LEED AP, President CEO, FILLAT+ Architecture
Owner/Developer: Peter D. Leibowits, President, PDL Investment Company

The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition was open to shopping center owners, developers, management companies, architects, designers, retailers, and other professionals responsible for retail projects or retail store designs that demonstrated outstanding development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused on four general categories: Renovations and Expansions; New Developments; Sustainable Design and Retail Store Design.

For complete details on all the winners, visit ICSC’s web gallery.

In addition, all 2017 U.S. Design and Development Gold Award winners are automatically entered into ICSC’s prestigious VIVA Awards competition and are eligible to be named “The Shopping Center of the Year” or the “Best Sustainability Project.” The ICSC VIVA Awards recognize the retail real estate industry’s most cutting-edge properties, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends throughout the world. The global awards will be presented at RECon in Las Vegas in May 2018.

FILLAT+ is a design studio headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Our practice serves both the public and private sectors with a focus on architecture, interior design, urban design, and sustainable practices. Our international portfolio encompasses hotels, resorts, multi-family residential buildings, offices, retail, restaurants and mixed-use developments.

FILLAT+ is committed to creating lasting works of architecture and designing in harmony with the environment, and is dedicated to engaging communities and individuals with the spaces we create. We create works based in permanence that delight the people they serve, are respectful of the environment, and create unity between form, function, and spirit.

About ICSC

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