Castle & Cooke Florida Receives Prestigious Grand Aurora Awards

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The Grammy’s Of The Home Building Industry.

Oakland Park is the first community in Central Florida, and the only community in Orange County, to be certified as a Green Development by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Winter Garden: Castle & Cooke Florida received two Grand Aurora Awards during the Annual Industry Gala at the 2010 Southeast Building Conference/Green Building Show in Orlando. Castle & Cooke’s two winning entries were for Oakland Park/Best Community Site Plan and for Oakland Park/Tree Preservation and Lake Apopka and Lake Brim Restoration.

Home building professionals in a 12-state southeast region plus the Caribbean received nationally recognized AURORA Awards for new home construction, remodeling, commercial/mixed use and design excellence. The awards honor builders, designers, architects and other industry professionals from Texas to Virginia.

“The AURORA Awards are the Grammy’s of the home building profession,” said Patti Guthrie of Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Winter Park, FL and 2010 AURORA Award Chair. “The AURORA symbolizes tremendous achievement, honor and distinction among building industry professionals.”

The vision for the Site Plan for Oakland Park as a traditional neighborhood development (TND) was to create a sustainable community of tree-lined streets, parks and residential neighborhoods to encourage a healthier lifestyle, conserve resources and promote civic engagement. Oakland Park is the first community in Central Florida, and the only community in Orange County, to be certified as a Green Development by the Florida Green Building Coalition and to require that all homes in the community are certified Green Homes.

Consistent with the community’s vision the award for Tree Preservation and Lake Apopka and Lake Brim Restoration recognized Castle & Cooke’s overall effort to utilize best practices in restoring the historic shorelines of Lake Apopka and Lake Brim. Extensive preservation of mature live oaks throughout the site contributes to the natural feel of the community.

The AURORA Awards drew over 220 entries from throughout the southeast. Leading industry professionals judged the contenders, selecting the best in new home construction and design.

ABOUT AURORA AWARDS:
The AURORA Award competition is open to builders, architects, interior designers, landscape architects and other home building professionals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. AURORA Award winners are announced each year in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference. SEBC is a 12-state regional conference attended by more than 10,000 home building professionals.

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