AO Awarded 2 MHN Excellence Awards | October 25, 2018
From MHN – The 2018 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards party was held last night at the offices of Latch at 5 Manhattan West in NYC. The event, which drew multifamily professionals from across the country, recognized the year’s top accomplishments in design, development, adaptive re-use and property management. Also honored at the Oct. 25 event were the industry’s outstanding companies, executives and property managers.
2018 BEST NEW DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN: MID-RISE
Gold: Baker Block
Red Oak Investments
Johnstone Moyer, Inc.
MJS Design Group
From MHN – The judges were impressed by how Baker Block in Costa Mesa, Calif., incorporates art, “making an isolated location into a vibrant community.” This “visually engaging” property offers 240 units within five stories and is showcased by the use of a 136- by 55-foot Welcome Home mural by activist and artist Shepard Fairey. Developed by Red Oak Investments and designed by Architects Orange, the $80 million project offers residents access to community features such as an Uber/Lyft waiting area, a hot tub and pool with cabanas, a Connect Club Room, a two-story fitness center, a dog park and pet washing station and more. Taking inspiration from the neighborhood’s surf and skate culture, novel design features include balcony rails that accelerate in space, offset window arrangements, and cozy gathering spaces.
BEST DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN: UNBUILT OF TODAY
GOLD: Anton Milpitas
Anton Development Co.
MJS Design Group
From MHN – Designed by Architects Orange and developed by Anton Development Co., Anton Milpitas in Milpitas, Calif., will comprise 315 units between two buildings. The property will feature a developer-maintained community park that will inspire regional connectivity, as well as two rooftop decks and retail spaces. Aiming for LEED Silver certification, Anton Milpitas will utilize sustainable elements such as metal panel siding with large individual panels, large curtain walls at the stairs, units and corridors that span multiple floors, and the use of wood, metal and stone to create community sculptures. Situated across the street from the new Milpitas BART/VTA Station, the development promotes walkability and will be within walking and biking distance from a variety of employers. It also provides quick access to nearby freeways. Built from a derelict industrial site, judges praised the development’s “use of shape, material, angles, dimension and texture to create interest, not solely relying on a color palette.”
From MHN – Attendees enjoyed a lively evening of networking and exchanging ideas, as well as a wide-ranging panel discussion on placemaking. The MHN Excellence Awards were presented jointly with Commercial Property Executive’s Distinguished Achievement Awards, sponsored by MHN’s sister real estate information source. More event Photos by Holly Dutton