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Amanda Stout Wins ULI Philadelphia Excellence Award

Courtesy of Greater Reading Economic Partnership

We are pleased to announce local architecture firm,
Kautter and Kelley Architects and the Reading School District were one of nine winners at the  inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. The winners were announced at a cocktail reception at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia on June 18.

Amanda E. Stout Elementary School and Benners Court, in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Reading School District was cited by the jurors for this “sophisticated community
project that pioneered educational concepts and involved students in the construction process — an unusual public project that was completed on time and under budget without the school needing to close during reconstruction. Kautter & Kelley Architects; MEP by Barton Associates; structural engineering by Multani Associates; civil and environmental engineering by SSM Group; general contractor Lobar; site contractor Empire Services.  Architect Michael Kautter accepted the award.

ULI Philadelphia received 57 nominations of projects in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware which were completed within the last five years. Each was carefully reviewed by a 14-member panel of esteemed ULI members from across the country. The jury selected and announced 28 finalists last month and then voted on the winners. “This has truly been a night of celebration for our region’s real estate community,” said Chris Hager, Chair of ULI Philadelphia. “We were delighted with the quality of project nominations we received in our inaugural year and we look forward to even more terrific nominations and winners in future years.”

In addition to the Amanda Stout project, the jurors identified the following projects (listed alphabetically) as being “truly exemplary:

  • Gateway to Camden, City of Camden, NJ
  • Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and the Lancaster County Convention Center,  City of Lancaster, PA
  • Lenfest Hall, at the Curtis Institute of Music, center city Philadelphia, PA
  • Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
  • Paseo Verde, Eastern North Philadelphia, PA
  • Sister Cities Park, Philadelphia’s Center City District, PA
  • SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, PA


Amanda Stout Elementary School

Amanda E. Stout Elementary School Exterior

Amanda Stout Elementary School
  Amanda E. Stout Elementary School Library

About ULI Philadelphia

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, ULI today has more than 32,000 members around the globe, representing the entire spectrum of land use and development disciplines including developers, builders, property owners, investors, architects, public officials, planners, attorneys, engineers, academics and others engaged in the land use field.

The Philadelphia District Council encompasses about 850 members throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, the southern half of New Jersey and the State of Delaware. It is one of the most robust District Councils in the country, providing education on best practices and important community outreach initiatives such as technical assistance, scholarships, mentoring and networking. For more information visit