December 7, 2018

Bayer Properties Receives Gold Award at ICSC 2018 U.S. Design and Development Awards

The Pizitz in downtown Birmingham recognized for renovation and sustainability efforts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Dec. 7, 2018) – Bayer Properties was honored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) during the 2018 U.S. Design and Development Awards for its transformation of The Pizitz. The mixed-use destination in downtown Birmingham received a gold award along with a sustainability commendation for its creative and innovative design at a ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona on November 29. The U.S. Design and Development Awards program is considered a benchmark of quality and seeks to highlight excellence in the U.S. retail real estate industry annually.

“Our team has a deep appreciation for the impact The Pizitz has had on the City of Birmingham for nearly a century. Throughout the design and renovation processes we worked to preserve the original character of the building while also reimagining all it could be,” said Jeffrey Bayer, founder and owner of Bayer Properties. “Receiving this honor is a true testament to the craftsmanship executed by each of our design and construction partners. We are grateful to ICSC for recognizing The Pizitz as one of the best projects in the country.”

The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition is open to any retail project or retail store design that demonstrates exceptional development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental United States.

The Pizitz was honored with a gold award in the renovations and expansions category for a mixed-use project between 150,001 and 500,000 square feet. Several other nationally acclaimed projects were finalists in the category, including Laneway at Westfield Santa Anita in California, The Shops at South Town in Utah and Fashion Show in Nevada, among others.

Bayer Properties worked with contractors Brasfield & Gorrie and Creature (formerly Golden + Appleseed) to restore The Pizitz. Bayer Properties also partnered with several architects on the project, including Wisznia Architecture + Development, KPS Group, Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio and Creature. The Pizitz building is owned by Bayer Properties, Wisznia Architecture + Development and Stonehenge Capital.

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About Bayer Properties:

Birmingham, Alabama-based Bayer Properties LLC specializes in developing, leasing, managing and marketing mixed-use real estate properties nationwide. Bayer Properties currently owns and/or operates retail and office properties totaling approximately 10 million square feet, including The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama, Mount Pleasant Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, The Summit in Reno, Nevada, and The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit

About The Pizitz:

The Pizitz is a $70 million renovation of a former 1920s department store in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The building was restored and transformed by Birmingham-based Bayer Properties into a mixed-use destination and now features The Pizitz Food Hall, 143 multifamily residences, modern co-working office space and the new Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema. The Pizitz is located along the 2nd Avenue corridor and serves as a connecting point from the bustling business district to surrounding attractions such as the McWane Science Center, Lyric Theatre, Alabama Theatre, Regions Field and Railroad Park.