PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL The Philadelphia Business Journal is pleased to announce the finalists in the Best Real Estate Deals contest. The annual program recognizes the Delaware Valley’s top building sales, leases, renovations and new developments during 2009. In a special nod to the contest’s 10-year anniversary, the panel of judges also recognized 10 projects that in their opinion have had the biggest impact on the region’s real estate scene over the past decade. The finalists and the Deals of the Decade are listed below. The Business Journal, along with its partner TriState Realtors Commercial Alliance and sponsor Jones Lang LaSalle, will reveal the top-ranking deals at a cocktail event at the Hard Rock Café in West Philadelphia on Nov. 3. Nominations were solicited from Business Journal readers and the real estate community throughout the summer and vetted by a panel of judges consisting of real estate experts involved in leasing, design and real estate law. In choosing the finalists, judges considered each project’s size, complexity and community impact. Judges were Ron Cariola of Jones Lang LaSalle, Henry Hudson of Bala Consulting, Bernard Lee of Cozen O’Connor, Suzanne H. Nicholson of Meyer Design Inc., Joan Scot of D2 Solutions, and Steve Spaeder of BPG Ltd.