Bund Center Receives FIABCI Prix D’Excellence

First Project in Mainland China to Receive Coveted Distinction

John Portman and Associates John Portman & Associates, Inc. (Portman) is proud to announce that the Portman-designed Golden Bund Finance Center located in Shanghai, China has been awarded the Highly Commended Certificate in the Specialized Category of 2004 FIABCI Prix d’Excellence.

This is the first time a mainland Chinese project has received an honor in the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence. This coveted award recognizes projects that best embody excellence in all the real estate disciplines involved in its creation, and illustrates concretely the FIABCI ideal of 'providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs’. Awarded by an international panel comprising top real estate professionals and experts, the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence rewards overall merit and represents an outstanding achievement.

Since opening in May 2002, Bund Center has won several honors and has been a popular venue for international events and conferences, and The Westin Shanghai at Bund Center has been listed among the most popular and best performing five-star hotels in Shanghai.

Bund Center effectively combines modern design and architecture with cultural elements, such as the lotus-inspired Crown signifying growth and prosperity. The mixed-use complex is comprised of a 45-story office tower, 303-room Westin hotel, serviced apartments, meeting rooms, and conference services.

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About John Portman & Associates, Inc.

John Portman & Associates, Inc. is an internationally recognized architectural and engineering firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China. With more than 40 professionals providing design services in architecture, master planning, programming, structural engineering, and project management services, Portman is renowned for innovative, responsive design solutions that are sensitive to environmental issues, the local culture, and context in which they exist.

Established in 1953, Portman has a long history of expertise in designing hotels, universities, offices, trade marts, and mixed-use urban complexes that have revitalized cities around the world. Their work presents a heightened appreciation of architecture, as their landmark projects are known for their timelessness, creativity, and innovation. They develop projects that enhance the environment for those who use them, while being sound investments for those who own and operate them.

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