Finalists Selected for the Second Annual Design Excellence Awards Presented by Multi-Housing News

is Lend LeaseArchitect/Interior Designer: WHA Architecture and Planning PCCategory: UnbuiltMirabella South WaterfrontPortland, OROwner/Investor: Pacific Retirement ServicesArchitect/Interior Designer: Ankrom Moisan Associated ArchitectsBuilder: Hoffman Construction CompanyFifteen Twenty-One Second AvenueSeattleDeveloper/Builder: Opus NWR LLCArchitect of Record: Opus Architects and EngineersDesign Architect: Weber ThompsonInterior Designer: Susan Marinello InteriorsBarn Lofts Los AngelesDeveloper: The Borman Group LLCArchitect/Interior Designer: Rockefeller Partners ArchitectsBuilder: Carr ConstructionCategory: Interior DesignMidtown Bethesda North Condominiums North Bethesda, MDDeveloper: KettlerInterior Designer: ForrestPerkinsArchitect (base building): Dorsky Hodgson Parish Yue ArchitectsBuilder: Bovis Lend LeaseChelsea Modern Sales + Design GalleryNew YorkDeveloper: Madison Equities LLCArchitect/Interior Designer: Audrey Matlock ArchitectBuilder: Diamond Construction

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The Austonian is seeking a four-star rating from Austin’s Green Builder designation.

Copper-Clad Luxury Condominium in New York’s West Village Tops Out

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorNew York–A copper-clad luxury condominium, 385 West 12th St., has topped off. The seven-story, 12-unit boutique hotel-style condominium developed by New York-based FLAnk is expected to be complete in early 2009.“One of the things we value is real estate’s ability to change over time,” says Tim Crowley, managing director of FLAnk. “The building’s façade is very responsive to its surroundings. We thought this was an interesting addition to such an historic neighborhood. The concept was to use a natural material because of its ability to change over time, oxidize and become an artifact.”Seven of the 12…

Miami’s Second-Tallest Building Tops Off

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorMiami–Marquis, a 67-story condominium and hotel tower, which is expected to be the second-tallest building in Miami, was recently topped off. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica for New York-based Leviev-Boymelgreen Marquis Developers, the tower is comprised of 305 loft-style condominiums and a 56-key boutique hotel.The L-shaped building, located at 1100 Biscayne Blvd., is wrapped in blue tinted glass and reflects the surrounding water and sunlight. It is composed of interlocking parallelograms. Glass-railed balconies are visible on the east and north sides of the project.“The building will appear to be a sparkling crystal stalagmite formation in the skyline,”…

Products: Windows and Doors

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorWith the ability to alter the entire look of a building and the power to change the layout of units, windows and doors are certainly critical to a building’s visual appeal.”Six years ago, we saw the move from aluminum [windows] to vinyl as the general trend. Now, we are seeing a trend back towards aluminum,” says R.C. Alley, a partner for Architects Orange, an Orange, Calif.-based architectural and planning firm. “Vinyl has a very limited color selection which may not be appropriate for contemporary projects.”In the past, the problem with aluminum windows was their high thermal…

RULES & REGS: Colorado Legislator Proposes Renewable Energy Incentives

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorWashington, D.C.–In an effort “to encourage energy efficiency and conservation, the development of renewable energy sources for housing, commercial structures and other buildings, and to create sustainable communities,” U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) introduced a bill to the House Committee on Financial Services last week. Thus far, the legislation has received 21 co-sponsors. To be called the GREEN (Green Resources for Energy-Efficient Neighborhoods) Act, the bill (H.R. 6078) would establish incentives for financial institutions to provide benefits to consumers who use energy-efficient resources. It would also ensure that community development organizations have the resources required for…

Demarest, N.J. Community Offers Virtual Tours in English and Korean

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorDemarest, N.J.–With at least 30 percent of its buyers of Korean descent, Bellaire, a luxury townhome community, is offering a virtual tour in both English and Korean on its new Web site, bellairenj.com. In addition, American Properties Realty, the Iselin, N.J.-based developer of Bellaire, has created direct mailers in Korean.“When we developed Bellaire, the first thing that we looked at is that Bergen County (where Demarest is located) has the largest congregation of Korean Americans in the United States,” Paul Csik, vice president of sales and marketing at American Properties Realty, tells MHN. “We knew the…

First Deliveries for Rowhomes, Condos Begin at 20-Acre Redevelopment

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorVernon Hills, Ill.–Opus North Corp., a Rosemont, Ill.-based division within The Opus Group, a Minneapolis-based full-service real estate development company, has begun its first move-ins at Port Clinton Place.Located along the Milwaukee Ave. corridor, Port Clinton Place, consists of 66 condominiums and four rowhome buildings with 20 units. It is a residential component of a 20-acre redevelopment plan, which includes Vernon Hills Town Center, a proposed mixed-use development comprising retail and dining space. Additional units will be available at a later date in a second condominium building.”Milwaukee Avenue has always been associated with the area’s well-known…

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