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February 26, 2014

Circuit Of The Americas™ Wins 2013 Uli Austin Award

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The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) was selected by the Austin District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to receive the 2013 ULI Austin Award of Distinction for Private Development

The award recognizes sound land use practices in combination with building healthy places. The ULI defines healthy places as those designed, built, and programmed to support the physical, mental, and social well-being of the people who live, work, learn, and visit them. Characteristics of the places recognized include access to the natural environment, amenities for people to reach their full potential, and addressing unique community issues with innovative and sustainable solutions. 

Nominated projects were selected by an awards committee of ULI members, and finalists were judged by a jury. On hand to receive the award at this morning’s breakfast ceremony was Edgar Farrera, AIA, LEED AP, COTA’s director of sustainability; and Miguel Rivera, FAIA whose architecture firm designed key components of the COTA facility.

The ULI recognition is the latest in a string of recent awards for COTA, which was just named Pollstar Magazine’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” of 2013 for the circuit’s Austin360 Amphitheater

“We would like to thank the Austin District of the Urban Land Institute for this important distinction,” COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein said. “We designed the campus with a strong focus on sustainable building and operational practices.  That platform, along with a shared vision among our employees and our actions, has allowed us to achieve this recognition milestone.  Special thanks go to the conscientious design team led by Austin-based Miró Rivera Architects, Tilke GbH, and our general contractor, Austin Commercial. We hope we’ve demonstrated the power of thoughtful planning and have created a valuable community asset.” 


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About Circuit of The Americas

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment.  COTA hosts the annual FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and is the new North American home for the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games.  More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, United Sportscar Racing, the FIA World Endurance Championships, COTA Track Days, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award for 2013.  COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit:  or COTA’s dedicated FTP site, Follow COTA on Facebook at and Twitter @circuitamericas. 

About ULI Austin

ULI Austin is the local District Council of the Urban Land Institute, whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines. 

ULI Austin was founded to share information and experience, showcase new projects and examine trends and innovations in the greater Central Texas region. As a trusted convener for sharing knowledge and as an unbiased source for timely land use information – ULI Austin is a critical link in improving the development practice, local policy and state law related to land use. ULI Austin provides land use professionals, neighbors, community leaders, and public officials with the tools necessary to develop realistic and sound land use solutions.

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