Excited to be at the MHN Excellence Awards again

On September 24, Arcadia’s Edge, Columbia’s first certified green apartment community, was honored with a Silver Best New Development Award by Multi-Housing News (MHN) at their annual national awards celebration in New York City. The MHN Excellence Awards recognizes the multifamily industry’s most noteworthy people, companies and projects nationally.

“Our goal was to create an urban retreat where residents could escape,” said Matt Mundy, an Arcadia’s Edge development associate. “At Arcadia’s Edge, residents enjoy an environmentally sustainable lifestyle in homes that feature intuitive design and functionality.”

Nestled around Roper Pond and wetlands, Arcadia’s Edge is designed to minimize the impact on the ecosystem. Wetland Carpets, Floating Wetlands, Baysavers and natural irrigation preserve and enhance the environment while sustainable landscaping helps attract wildlife. All of the 204 homes feature over-sized windows and natural materials, such as plank hardwood flooring, granite countertops and ceramic tile flooring. Sustainable features include highly efficient windows and insulation, Energy-Star certified lights and appliances, and low-flow water fixtures.

To select this year’s winners, the MHN judges looked at a number of criteria including design concept, financial performance, customer service and resident satisfaction. This year’s panel of judges was comprised of: Manny Gonzalez, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, KTGY; David B. Woodward, President, CompassRock Real Estate LLC; Doris Pearlman, MIRM, IIDA, President, Possibilities for Design, Inc.; Eric S. Silverman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Eastham Capital. According to the judges, the competition was fierce. The winners can be viewed in the October 2012 issue of Multi-Housing News.

This is the second national recognition for Arcadia’s Edge. Earlier this year, it was one of the first apartment communities in the nation to achieve Silver Certification through the National Green Building Standard by the National Association of Homebuilders. Joining the Arcadia’s Edge award-winning development team are McCrory Construction, Steinberg Architects, B.P. Barber, The Boudreaux Group, Ann Temple & Co – Interior Designer, Design Resource Group – Landscaping and Estates Management Company.

About Arcadia’s Edge

Arcadia’s Edge is the first certified green apartment community in Columbia and brought to the area by Estates Management Company. Estates, who also brought the national award winning 42 Magnolia to the Midlands, is celebrating its 25th year of being a part of the Columbia community and is committed to delivering outstanding care, service and management to Columbia’s residents.