Shearwater Amenity Center Honored with Prestigious Design Awards

Shearwater entry

Shearwater, a master-planned development in St. Johns County, was recently honored with the prestigious Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) Grand Aurora Award for Best Recreational Facility, and a Silver Aurora award for Best Community Site Plan.

The Aurora Awards are an annual design competition of the SEBC, hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), recognizing the best in design across the Southeast United States in over 50 categories. This award celebrates the thoughtful design and success of the 1,500-acre community, particularly its amenity center—which includes the community’s Kayak Club and Fitness Lodge, a resort-style lagoon pool, multi-lane lap pool, lazy river, water slide tower, tennis courts, extensive trail system and access to Trout Creek.

Shearwater Pool and Slide

Developed by Freehold Communities, Shearwater was designed to promote healthy living, community engagement and a connection to the outdoors. Freehold worked with well-known Northeast Florida companies to bring its vision for an immersive lifestyle community to life. ELM was Shearwater’s community master planner, amenity architect, and community landscape architect. As the project amenities and hardscape contractor, Dicky Smith & Co. (DSC) built the 12.5-acre amenity center, neighborhood entrances and parks. Ansana Interior Design provided interior design services for the community amenities.

The award-winning Shearwater community has received numerous accolades since its opening in 2016, including four 2017 Aurora awards, a 2017 ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award, and an Award of Merit at the 2018 PCBC Gold Nugget Awards.

Shearwater Amenity Center Aerial View

To learn more about the Aurora Awards and view all winners and nominees, click here.