Branson Landing was given some international attention this week.

The popular shopping center was named the winner of a design award during the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual International Design and Development Awards competition. The award that the Landing won was for new multi-use facilities over 500,000 square feet.

“When we were awarded this project, we told the city that we wanted to design and develop a world-class project,” said Rick Huffman, CEO of HCW Development Company. “Winning this award shows that we have accomplished that goal.”

According to a press release, the ICSC has, since 1977, recognized and honored the shopping center industry’s most cutting-edge, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends, as well as outstanding examples of design and development through its Global Awards programs.

ICSC announced the winners of its 32nd annual Design and Development Awards at a gala awards ceremony during ICSC’s CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Huffman was present to accept the award at the ceremony.

“We were very pleased to get this award,” Huffman said. “This is an award for the whole world to see. The city of Branson and Branson Landing will get a lot more exposure from this.”

This year, there were 63 entries representing 25 countries in the competition.

Branson Landing is one of seven finalists of this award, in the category of mixed-use retail projects larger than a half-million square feet.

Of the other finalists, only two are in the U.S. — Branson Landing and one in Texas. The others are in the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Japan.

The release said the winners will automatically be eligible to win ICSC’s Global “Best-of-the-Best” Award. Huffman said the winner of this award will be chosen from the top winners in each category.

It will be presented during a ceremony at ICSC’s annual convention, set for May 17-20, 2009.

Huffman added that HCW will be able to share some of the ideas that have led to Branson Landing’s success.

“We will be on a focus board for the ICSC,” he said. “We will be able to talk to other developers and cities about what works well with Branson Landing.”

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News