St. Augustine’s Patriot Place a Finalist for Southeast Building Conference Aurora Award

ST. AUGUSTINE – Patriot Place, six apartment homes in St, Augustine for at-risk and homeless Veterans developed by the St. Johns Housing Partnership (SJHP), is a finalist for a prestigious Aurora Award in the Sustainability Category under Affordability.

“It is great to receive this recognition. “We are honored to be chosen as a finalist for these prestigious awards,” said SJHP Executive Director Bill Lazar. “This is our first submission for the Auroras, and we are excited to share this important project with a new audience. We are thrilled that the dedication and talent of our partners, donors and team has been recognized.”

The Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) Aurora Awards encompasses all facets of the residential, commercial and remodeling industries. From overall design to sustainability, the awards program offers sixty categories for each participant in the construction industry as well as sales and marketing professionals.

The Conference includes residential and commercial construction professionals actively involved in projects located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the Eastern Caribbean.

Patriot Place is a collaboration between MountainStar Partners, a real estate investor and developer, SJHP and St. Johns County. Patriot Place was built by Robert Marshall of World Island Builders and designed by Architect Bryan McCloskey. Financial partner Ameris Bank financed the construction.

These new, low-income residences help address St. Johns County’s critical need for housing for at-risk and homeless veterans while also saving water and benefiting Florida’s environment.

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation, Bo Strange with Lovely Loo and the Snodgrass Family Foundation donated additional funds, time, and materials. Other contributors and supporters included The Home Depot Store # 6334, Eagle Scout Michael Korfhage and Boy Scout Troup 243 and University of Florida IFAS Master Gardeners. The entire Solar panel systems was donated by Everybody Solar, JinkoSolar and Synergy Solar.

Patriot Place is the most recent development to receive the Florida Water Star certification. It also received “Florida Green” certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of residential and commercial construction projects, land developments and local governments. FGBC certifying agents Kachman and Ralph Locke, both military veterans, waived their fee and volunteered their time.

Winners will be announced on July 26 during the Southeast Building Conference in Orlando.

The Aurora Awards program is affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association and SEBC, one of two regional trade shows recognized by and affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.

For more information contact the St. Johns Housing Partnership. (904) 824-0902 or email [email protected].