Two ELM projects earn Southeast Building Conference Grand Aurora Awards


Two ELM projects, both in partnership with Freehold Communities, recently received three prestigious Grand Aurora awards and a Silver Aurora award at the annual Southeast Builder’s Conference Aurora Awards.

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.

Photos courtesy of Arden

Arden, an “agrihood” community located in Palm Beach County, Florida, was honored with Grand Aurora Awards for both Best Master-Planned Community and Best Amenity Facility, and a Silver Aurora Award for Best Community Site Plan.

The south Florida community, developed by Freehold Communities, is a “Vital Community,” with a focus on healthy living, engagement with the community, good design, connectivity, and stewardship. At the center of Arden is a five-acre community farm and event barn, providing residents with seasonal gatherings and fresh produce grown onsite. ELM designed the community’s master plan and the main pool amenity, and Ansana Interior Design provided interior design services for the community’s barn amenity.

Shearwater, a master-planned development in St. Johns County, was honored with the Grand Aurora Award for Best Community Site Plan.

Also 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.

These awards continue the Shearwater community’s running streak of accolades since its opening in 2016, including four 2017 Aurora awards, a 2017 ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award, a 2018 Grand Aurora award, and an Award of Merit at the 2018 PCBC Gold Nugget Awards.

The ELM team is proud to be a part of creating these great places!

Erin Weinberg