MetWest International, MetLife’s 32-acre, mixed-use development, garnered two Best of the Best Awards this month from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
The development was named Best Mixed-Use Project while Taylor & Mathis earned Best Developer honors for a second time for their role in the project’s development. Taylor & Mathis handles office leasing, marketing and management responsibilities on behalf of MetLife.
“A key part of MetLife’s real estate investment strategy includes acquiring, retaining and maximizing the value of high-quality real estate assets in top-tier domestic and international markets, and MetWest International is a prime example,” said Chuck Davis, regional director of MetLife’s Tampa real estate investment office. “It has been extremely satisfying to see our plans for one of MetLife’s flagship developments come to fruition. MetLife has been active in the Tampa Bay real estate market for over 50 years and greatly values this recognition by our peers at NAIOP Tampa Bay.”
“We are honored to serve as the development manager for such a high-quality, well-planned mixed-use development,” stated Taylor & Mathis Managing Partner, Hank Brenner. “There really is nothing else like it in Tampa’s Westshore Business District.”
These most recent awards represent the fifth and sixth Best of the Best NAIOP Awards for MetWest International since it opened in 2009. MetWest One was awarded Outstanding Green Building/Project in 2010 and Outstanding Office Building in 2009 while the retail portion of the development was recognized as Outstanding Retail/Building Project in 2010. Developer Taylor & Mathis of Florida LLC also received Developer of the Year honors in 2009. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate.
About MetWest International
MetWest International is an award winning, mixed-use center developed by MetLife. Located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza in the Westshore Business District, MetWest International includes One MetroCenter, the Gold LEED Certified MetWest One and MetWest Two. A third office building will be started as demand dictates. Two well known restaurants, Kona Grill and Texas de Brazil, have located their first Tampa locations in the project’s retail village with a third Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant scheduled to open early next year. When complete, the pedestrian-friendly, urban-oriented development is anticipated to include:
- Nearly one million square feet of Class A office space
- 74,200 square foot retail village
- 260 room full-service upscale hotel
- 254 residential units
Other awards include The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Outstanding Project of the Year (MetWest One), The Greater Tampa Bay chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Office Building of the Year and the BOMA 360 Performance Building designation (One MetroCenter). Both MetWest One and One MetroCenter have achieved EPA Energy Star ratings. In addition, MetWest Two has been designed for LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council.
Through its real estate investments department, MetLife oversees a well diversified real estate investment portfolio of more than $60 billion, which is one of the largest in the U.S. and consists of real estate equities, commercial mortgages and agricultural mortgages. MetLife is a global leader in real estate investment and real estate asset management, with a vast network of regional offices that keep in close contact with the major real estate markets. MetLife’s real estate investment focus includes office, multi-family, industrial and retail properties. For more information, visit www.metlife.com/realestate.
About Taylor & Mathis
Taylor & Mathis serves as the development manager for the project and handles leasing and management responsibilities. Taylor & Mathis is a diversified real estate company specializing in the development, marketing and management of office buildings, suburban office parks, industrial parks and mixed-use projects. In Florida the company leases and/or manages a portfolio over 11 million square feet. Founded in 1967, the company has developed properties exceeding $1.9 billion in value and has established itself as one of the most respected regional real estate firms in the United States. Based in Atlanta, with offices in Tampaand Miami, Taylor & Mathis concentrates its business activity in primary growth markets in the southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.TaylorMathis.com.
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