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ULI North Texas: Exploring the Value Proposition in Building Healthy Places

ULI North Texas: Exploring the Value Proposition in Building Healthy Places

ULI North Texas: 3rd Annual What's Next? 

Exploring the Value Proposition in Building Healthy Places

Current real estate research shows strong consumer demand for healthy communities-walkable, vibrant, mixed use places designed around transit and green spaces.  Such communities can command from 40 to 100 percent higher sales and lease prices than traditional, car-oriented communities. Integrating health into planning can even become an economic development strategy-a tool to attract a skilled workforce and to build a sustainable economic base. 

But where do we look for examples of how to put healthy development concepts into action?  The Urban Land Institute has launched a two year focus on this intersection between health and the built environment, and is ready to lead the way on this topic. 

Join us as Keynote Speaker Ed McMahon, ULI's Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development, explores the principles of building for healthier living and the business case for incorporating wellness into development.  Breakout sessions following his address, patterned on ULI's well-known Product Councils, will focus on North Texas developers who are innovators in this new healthy development realm.  All attendees will receive the ULI publication "Building for Wellness: The Business Case, " featuring 13 case studies showing how to successfully put the principles of healthier development into practice.


Schedule of Events:

7:30 - 8:00 am

Registration and Networking

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Keynote Speaker

9:00 - 9:15 am


9:15 - 10:30 am

Session I (Choose 1 of 4 Product Councils)

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 12:00 pm

Session II (Choose 1 of 4 Product Councils)




9:15 - 10:30 - Session I (Choose 1 of 4 Product Councils)


Multi-Family Council (MFC)

Topic: "Lifestyles and Multifamily" 

Moderator - Neal Sleeper City Place

Speakers: Matt Brendel, TDI; Rick Perdue, Tonti Properties


Office Development Council (ODC)

Topic: "Wellness and the Workplace: Applying Healthy Building Principles and Practices to Office Developments"

Moderator: Bill Cawley, Cawley Partners

Speakers: Steve Modory, Champion Partners; John E. Orfield, BOKA Powell; Stewart Slack, KDC


Urban Revitalization Council (URC) 

Topic: "Contain and Sustain: Shipping Containers as an Urban Infill and Revitalization Strategy"

Featuring a Mini-design Competition

Moderator: Janet Protas, Office of Economic Development, City of Dallas

Speakers: Paul M. Galvin, SG Blocks; Stevan Armstrong, SG Blocks


Transit Oriented Development Council (TODC)

Topic: "Live/Work/Play at Key Transit Stops"

Moderator: Bob Voelker, Munsch Hardt Kopf Hardt 

Peter Braster, City of Carrollton; Frank Turner, City of Plano; Christine Maguire, City of Garland


10:45 - 12:00  Session II (Choose 1 of 4 Product Councils)


Community Development Council (CDC)

Topic: "Bringing it Home:  How Local Developers are Integrating Healthy Living Practices"

Moderators - Rodney Hall, Executive Search & Monty Watson, The Watson Law Firm

Speakers: Bob Kembel, JCKPL; Larry Corson, Cooper & Stebbins; Tom Woliver, Hillwood; Carl Pankratz, City of Rowlett; Marc Kurbansade, City of Rowlett; Daniel Acevedo, City of Rowlett     


Commercial Retail Council (CRC)

Topic: "Ecologically Conscientious...Thoughtfully Integrating Retail into Green Space and a Walkable Urban Community"

Moderator: David Watson, Direct Development      

Speakers: Leon Backes, Provident Realty


Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council (UD/MUC)

Topic: "Why Texans Don't Walk and What Can and are We Doing About That"

Moderator: Frank Bliss, Southlake Town Center

Speakers: Mike Brennan, Fort Worth South, Inc.; Michael Bennett, Bennett Benner Architects,

Andrew Blake, Presidio Interests and Jim Manskey, TBG Partners


Health Care & Life Sciences Council (HCLSC) 

Topic: "Transitioning from a Hospital Campus to a Healthy Community"

Moderator: Bridgette Hawks, 360 Grass Roots

Speakers: Becky Hall, Baylor; Winjie Tang, Texas Health Resources and Brian McFarlane, HKS 




Registration Fees:

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Organizer ULI North Texas


Thu, May 8, 2014
7:30 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago


Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, Texas 75039
United States