Oakland Park Condos Named Finalist in Two National Sustainable Design & Development Awards Programs
Oakland Park has been named a finalist in the Environmental Design + Construction's "Excellence in Design" and Multi-Housing News' "The Design Excellence Awards."
[USPRwire, Tue Oct 07 2008] Oakland Park, a mixed-use residential condominium and commercial project located in the Historic Grant Park neighborhood on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, GA, has been named a finalist in two national sustainable awards programs, including: Environmental Design + Construction’s (ED+C) “Excellence in Design” and Multi-Housing News’ “The Design Excellence Awards.” Oakland Park is Atlanta's first LEED Silver certified multi-family building.
In the running for ED+C’s 2008 Design Award, Oakland Park has qualified under the new construction, multi-family residential category, and has clearly demonstrated a commitment to green building and sustainable design. Oakland Park has proven competent in its resourceful use of land and successful adaptive reuse of property, sustainability and preservation or enhancement of environmental resources, and demonstrated smart growth, among other merits. Multi-Housing News has recognized that Oakland Park is a strong candidate for the outstanding multi-housing and mixed use project honor, which Oakland Park qualifies for based on its exterior and interior architecture, its overall composition of aesthetic and functional elements as well as the value of innovation and its impact on surrounding neighborhoods.
Oakland Park has become a catalyst for change within the neighborhood, providing opportunities for new businesses and a place for residential and retail to come together in a convenient, self-contained urban setting close to the amenities that downtown Atlanta and the surrounding neighborhood offer.
Achieving LEED certification means that a third party has examined Oakland Park and its design, construction and potential for energy efficiency, and verified the developers made sound decisions that resulted in a more efficient construction site, with very little waste going to the landfill, and in a high performance building that will use less energy over time. In fact, 1,500 tons (or 80 percent) of the waste generated during construction was diverted from landfills and recycled.
The developers of Oakland Park, Melaver, Inc. and Urban Realty Partners, made sound decisions that resulted in a more efficient construction site, with very little waste going to the landfill, and in a high performance building that will use less energy over time. Bamboo floors, oversized, operable, low-emittance windows, eco-friendly tile and paint, high-performance plumbing fixtures and energy efficient appliances are the interior hallmarks of Oakland Park, which features 65 one and two bedroom residences and 6,400 square feet of street-front retail. Oakland Park includes Foxgloves and Ivy floral design studio, Stella Neighborhood Trattoria restaurant, and will include additional retail fronting Memorial Drive and Park Avenue. For more information, call 404-688-0300 or visit www.oaklandparkatlanta.com.
About Melaver, Inc.
Melaver, Inc., is a third generation, sustainably-focused real estate firm with holdings throughout the Southeast. Notable projects include one of the first Silver LEED designations from the U.S. Green Building Council for an historic preservation project in Savannah (The Whitaker Building), as well as the nation’s first all retail LEED Core & Shell project (Abercorn Common Shopping Center) in Savannah that includes the first and only LEED McDonald’s. Eighty-five percent of Melaver’s staff is LEED accredited professionals, and the company is committed to examining the environmental, financial and social aspects of every project in which it is involved.
About Urban Realty Partners
Urban Realty Partners is an Atlanta-based real estate development organization that is focused on well planned, mixed-use urban developments that enhance their neighborhoods while providing exceptional places to live, work and shop. Their developments are often in revitalized neighborhoods with pedestrian orientation and convenience to city transit, amenities and educational, retail and cultural centers. Projects include Capitol Gateway and The Reynolds in midtown Atlanta, The Brookwood in Buckhead and Puritan Mill on Atlanta’s west side