Downtown Orlando Developments

Hospitals share 2020 Golden Brick Award for coronavirus response

Orlando Health and AdventHealth shared this year’s Golden Brick Award of Excellence from the Downtown Orlando Partnership for the selfless, lifesaving service of their front-line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Partnership named Kathy Ramsberger, President and CEO of Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, as 2020 Downtowner of the Year for her leadership and creativity in launching the Frontyard Festival.


Ramsberger credited the city and county government, staff and private sponsors who made the festival a reality and brought 4,800 artists to perform over the first six months.

“You have to really celebrate when people get behind something that’s never been done before,” she told the crowd, which was assembled in the festival pods at the performing arts center. “We are one of the only centers in the nation that kept our doors open in some fashion.”


The festival also was honored with the Golden Brick for Innovation.

The awards were announced Tuesday at Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Congratulations to all the winners.

ARTS: JEFRË: Points of Connection

Known for his public art, like Lake Nona’s Beacon, Jefrë took his art indoors for his first solo exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art. The exhibit ran from November through early January and featured works such as “Rice Field,” which utilized 10,000 pounds of rice and stretched the length of a gallery.

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT: Orlando Health Sligh and Copeland Medical Office Complex

The facility includes more than 50,000 square feet of building space adjacent to the Orlando Health SunRail station on the main campus in SoDo.

DIVERSITY: Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920

Nearly 100 years ago, white poll workers in west Orange County blocked a Black businessman from voting and touched off the worst election-day violence in United States history, an ugly racial episode known today as the Ocoee Massacre of 1920.


Ignored until recently, the tragedy was remembered in powerful detail in “Yesterday, This Was Home,” an exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center that examines the causes and legacy of a white mob’s attack on a prospering Black neighborhood. The exhibit concluded in February.


Blue Star’s new concept, Häos on Church, combines a performance venue with visual art exhibits, cocktails and a restaurant. Its tagline: “Cuisinary. Libations. Amusements.” Häos on Church took over the space at 123 W. Church St., formerly home to the Lion’s Pride soccer-themed pub.


RSM US, a national audit, tax and consulting service, opened its new Orlando offices in SunTrust Tower at Church Street Plaza in 2020. Design-Build firm Interstruct designed and built out the 21,000-square-foot space, a departure from the more traditional executive suite type of office.

REDESIGN + RENOVATION: Net Conversion, 141 N. Magnolia Ave.


Interstruct worked with Net Conversion every step of the way to convert their 1941 historic downtown Orlando building into a 13,000-square-foot light-filled office for a 20th Century digital marketing agency.

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: The Julian Apartments at Creative Village

Creative Village master developer Ustler Development and The Allen Morris Company co-developed the $108 million mixed-use building, the first market-rate rental community in Creative Village. The 14-story building was completed in the summer of 2020 and recently welcomed The Monroe restaurant to its ground floor.


PUBLIC WORKS: Parklets: Expanding Retail Sales

SPORTS + SPECIAL EVENTS: Bright Young Things + Dazzling Nights