Robert B. McLeod
Partners in Placemaking Award

Newland has exceptional partners including, innovative builders creating homes for families, engineers that build infrastructure, a variety of consultants including architects, land planners, landscape architects that design amenities and layout land plans and landscapes, agencies that craft our marketing messages, and community partners such as schools, parks, libraries, and the arts, that enrich the lives of residents. The Robert B. McLeod Partners in Placemaking awards recognize partners that go above their daily contributions to levels that raise an industry-standard, provide innovative solutions, and exceed customer expectations.

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2022 Winners

AKS Engineering & Forestry

REED'S CROSSING – AKS is the lead planning and engineering firm for Reed's Crossing in Portland, OR and has been fundamental to the community's success.  Through close collaboration, AKS helps the community proactively problem-solve by incorporating modern design solutions and effectively applying resident feedback to influence future innovation.

AKS' contributions to the community’s accessibility and sustainability included open-space pathways for all ages and physical abilities. The company also designed a 15.5-acre greenway park featuring pollinator gardens and a unique stormwater treatment facility designed to be a functional amenity. 


Myatt Landscaping

BRIAR CHAPEL | WENDELL FALLS – Myatt Landscaping is committed to the eco-friendly values at Briar Chapel and Wendell Falls in Raleigh, NC, adjusting its standard practices to rise above expectations and deliver excellent results.

At Briar Chapel, Myatt Landscaping provided a polished yet natural aesthetic to 900 acres of open space containing parks, trails and public spaces, including the use of native stone. At Wendell Falls, the landscaping firm created a sense of “home” within nature, which includes a fishing pier, multiple scenic walking trails and community parks. In both communities, Myatt preserved natural forestry, including hundreds of acres of open space, waterfalls and indigenous habitats throughout the communities, and used only organic products.



ANTHEM | CANYON FALLS | ELYSON | INSPIRATION | NEXTON | SWEETWATER | THE GROVE FRISCO | WENDELL FALLS – As a long-standing strategic branding partner, Strada is responsible for the brand evolution of several community brands across the country. Strada’s industry-setting approach was instrumental in uncovering each community's unique value and creating brands that resonate with changing customers.

With Strada’s strategic guidance, Inspiration was awarded Community of the Year in 2019 by The Home Builders Association of Denver. Nexton also benefited from Strada's expertise, winning numerous awards, including the best mixed-use community in 2022 and the best master-planned community in 2021 by the National Association of Home Builders.


SWA Group

ELYSON – International landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm SWA Group took the Elyson community in Houston, TX to new heights with its innovative designs, including the 145-acre Elyson Commons at Bear Creek. Working alongside the community to create and execute a vision — and showing a mastery of problem-solving along the way — SWA Group provided an outstanding place where all residents can enjoy outdoor activities.

SWA Group's forward-thinking approach transformed a large portion of the land plan, which was previously designated for flood control, into a unique amenity with multiple activity areas, including a trail connection over a major drainage structure that is both safe and appealing. The 1.4-mile Wildflower Trail is now one of Elyson Commons’ key focal points for resident enjoyment.


2021 Winners

For the inaugural 2021 Robert B. McLeod Partners in Placemaking Award, the winners were as follows:

Partners Who Give Back

Donations are made to local charities and non-profits to recognize the collaboration and partnership to make Newland communities exceptional places.


A long-time partner of Newland's Tampa communities and Chappell Roberts, Feeding Tampa Bay rallies the community to end hunger and create a healthier, more capable Tampa Bay area where neighbors help neighbors.


Serving South Carolina and supported by Nexton by Newland and New Leaf Builders, the Lowcountry Foodbank helps fight hunger by distributing food to seniors, veterans, and children through various outreach programs.


Rallying the building industry troops to honor our nation's military heroes' sacrifices, Newland and Garman Homes support veterans, most recently donating a home to a fallen soldier's family in Wendell Falls.


The envisioning of a community is both physical and functional. Just as Newland and Swaback Architects designed Estrella, they also support the Two Worlds Foundation's programming and competitions to improve the community.


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