ARLINGTON, Va., July 6, 2012 — Gables Residential’s Gables Park Plaza in Austin, Texas, was named National Apartment Association’s (NAA) PARAGON Community of the Year at the NAA Education Conference & Exposition in Boston.
The PARAGON awards recognize the multifamily housing industry’s top communities, executives, employees and affiliate programs.
The community was designed to appeal to the renter-by-choice seeking the convenience of mixed-use, urban living, with interior features surpassing most upscale single family homes. Gables Park Plaza is a LEED SILVER-certified community offering dramatic views of downtown and Lady Bird Lake. In addition to the many unique apartment features, this community offers programs and services that are geared to engaging residents and celebrates the active culture and lifestyle of Austin. From their roof-top swimming pool and Aqua lounge to the Gourmet Kitchen, top-of-the-line fitness center and designer touches that include granite countertops, iPod docking stations and speaker systems, this community is a prime example of luxury apartment living. Resident activities include Yappy Hours for residents and their pets, networking events, monthly breakfasts and healthy eating presentations by various local chefs. Local bike and hiking trails are only steps away.
“The entire Gables team is pleased to have Gables Park Plaza recognized by NAA,” says Sue Ansel, President and Chief Executive officer for Gables Residential. “The annual PARAGON awards represent achievements of the highest caliber within the multifamily industry and encourage constant innovation and a commitment to best practices. The success of Gables Park Plaza is truly a team effort—including design, construction, leasing, marketing, maintenance and management. We are honored by the respect and recognition these awards confer on our community and associates.”
The eco-friendly apartment homes include the use of reusable materials, energy efficient lighting, upgraded recyclable-fiber carpet in the bedrooms, solar shades on all windows, rapidly renewable bamboo flooring, and energy efficient stainless steel appliances. Additional features include water-conserving shower heads and faucet aerators, CFC-free HVAC refrigerant, water-conserving toilets, an energy efficient light-colored roof, energy efficient double-glazed windows, Energy Star appliances, a roof system with high SRI (solar reflective index), hybrid car electrical outlets in the parking garage, photo cell-light managers on garages and exterior lighting, and a bicycle storage facility. Low-VOC paint is used in all apartment homes and rain sensors are used on the irrigation system, which does not require the use of city water/sewer.
Approximately 25 percent of the community’s building materials were from recycled materials. Management and cleaning staffs use eco-friendly cleaning products. Residents are encouraged to do their part as well, with recycling bins in the pool area and clubroom. Twenty residents and 10 associates also participated in an Earth Day neighborhood cleanup.
Gables Park Plaza also won a PARAGON in the category for Best Community, Specialty Housing—Green Housing.
NAA President Douglas Culkin, CAE, said, “The PARAGON awards recognize the outstanding contributions of multifamily builders, professionals and affiliated associations. By shining a light on these winning individuals, communities and organizations, all members of our industry benefit.”
A list of all winners and details about each will appear in the September 2012 issue of units magazine.
The National Apartment Association (NAA) is America’s leading advocate for quality rental housing. Based in Arlington, Va., NAA’s mission is to serve the interests of multifamily housing owners, managers, developers and suppliers and maintain a high level of professionalism in the multifamily housing industry to better serve the rental housing needs of the public. NAA is a federation of nearly 170 state and local affiliates, comprised of more than 55,000 multifamily housing companies representing more than 6.3 million apartment homes throughout the United States and Canada. Members in good standing of any affiliated association are automatically considered members of NAA and entitled to NAA benefits.