Two Projects Honored with DBIA National Award of Merit

  • Aug 21, 2023

The Beck Group was recently awarded a National Award of Merit in the Commercial/Office Building category from the Design-Build Institute of America for two projects: Phipps Plaza Mixed-Use Development and RiverSouth.

Phipps Plaza Mixed-Use Development


With major shifts in shoppers’ spending patterns, Simon Property Group looked to The Beck Group to help reimagine the patron’s experience visiting Phipps Plaza Mall in Buckhead, Georgia.

Our design and construction team explored strategies to maximize the site’s potential while providing accurate costing for a range of development options. The result: a 152-room Five-Star Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, a 13-story Class A Office Tower, and a five-story Anchor Building to house a Life Time Fitness and Food Hall. The new mixed-use destination surrounds a central outdoor event space. All sitting atop a new, more efficient four-story podium-style, parking structure.

Varied and unique challenges were incurred during construction. Overcoming many complexities of the existing site, enduring the radical changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and satisfying the expectations of multiple stakeholders, the team was able to bring the vision to life.



RiverSouth is a class AA LEED Gold office tower in Austin’s South-central waterfront. The triangular site is bordered on three sides by major pedestrian and vehicular thoroughfare. This along with site floodplain issues provided a unique challenge to the usual prescriptive commercial office formula of rectangular boxes.

The ground level is a stone base inspired by the limestone bluffs of the Texas Hill Country. This podium acts as an armature that cradles the faceted glass form above while capturing reflections of the sky, park, and city. As the landform steps up in elevation, it provides space for a generous occupied green roof with a crystalline jewel box fitness studio. As the faceted glass façade reaches its apex, it opens to a sky terrace with full-service coffee shop and bar.

About the Award

DBIA’s 2023 award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of design-build experts. A full list of project winners, including photos and descriptions of each project can be found online at DBIA’s Project/Team Awards page. The Merit Award winners will now compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year to be announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo Awards Ceremony in November.