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NRMCA Leverages Build with Strength Program to Assist Florida Condo Developer

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Using the resources behind NRMCA's Build with Strength campaign, staff have been assisting a developer of a condominium complex in the Florida Panhandle with a unique issue. A 6-acre plot of land had been privately owned since the 1960’s. However, in 1994 a county conservation park was developed around the private vacant land. The owner is zoned for a three-story marina. However, he felt the use would be more appropriate for low- to mid-rise condominiums. The community felt otherwise and organized to stop any type of building.
"It’s a unique situation and the owners are conscious of making a negative impact on the conservation area – but it is their land," said NRMCA Senior Director of Building Innovation Michael Wymant. "Fortunately, a concrete building solution appears to be the wisest solution." The plan now calls for for six low- to mid-rise towers to be constructed from concrete on the barrier island.

"The concrete building will be the best option. Resilient, energy efficient and with the least environmental footprint," Wymant added. "LEED certification is also available to showcase the owner's environmental stewardship – the concrete building will deliver many energy and materials credits that would not otherwise be achieved."
While the zoning issue is debated, the project is a great example of the impact concrete buildings can make for developers. "It was a common sense message to the owner," he said. "Build it in concrete. It will be energy efficient, have a better enviro footprint, be stronger and quieter, and should you want to get LEED, we’ll get you more points."
The NRMCA Design Assist team assisted with concrete options and will continue to offer LEED education, schematic design and energy analysis.
For more information, contact Michael Wymant at

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