Honors & Awards

While HDJ certainly doesn’t chase or design for awards and honors, we have to admit that it is nice to be recognized for our impactful contribution to improving lives.

Large brick commercial building on the corner of two streets. The side of the building reads "Osborn Commons."

Osborn Commons

Sault Ste. Marie

USGBC OH/MI/IN Leadership Awards, Named Michigan’s Green Building of the Year 2021.

Interior sitting room space. Armchairs and a couch line the walls and a snowy outdoors shows through the windows.
Kitchen area with an open floor. Kitchen includes a refrigerator, sink, stove, oven, and microwave.

One recent project that is indicative of our portfolio was selected for honors through a pair of programs. Osborn Commons, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is a prime example of the positive impact affordable housing and community development can have on a neighborhood and city. 

Osborn Commons received an Affordable Housing Finance reader’s choice award for best rural development at AHF Live and also named a top winner in the USGBC Detroit Region Leadership Council Awards. The affordable housing building was also recognized as Michigan’s Green Building of the Year: Homes. 

The property is a 65-unit mixed income community with 63 of the units rent-restricted affordable units, which are in high demand in downtown Sault St. Marie. Osborn Commons is also the first LEED Gold certified building in the city. 

Amenities include an on-site grocery store and market on the ground level, fitness center, and community space. Because of the new grocery story and market, the downtown neighborhood where Osborn Commons sits is no longer considered a food desert. 

Osborn Commons is a prime example of the positive impact affordable housing and community development can have on a neighborhood and city.

Osborn Commons apartment building with Market Store

Some of HDJ’s other awards and honors are presented here:


The Rosenwald Apartments

2021 – 200 Great Places in the State of Illinois by AIA Illinois, 2018 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation 2018 Finalist for Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for Renovations over $10 million.

Group of large multi-story apartment buildings. Multiple paved paths lead through the grass around the buildings.

Leadership Awards

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