LITHIA, Fla. – FishHawk Ranch recently earned three prestigious distinctions for implementing sustainable practices and thoughtful land planning within its community. These awards were presented during the Southeast Building Conference’s 2013 Aurora Awards, a competition run by the Florida Home Builders Association for projects located within the 12-state Southeastern region and Eastern Caribbean.
FishHawk Ranch is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. It is one of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.
“Newland Communities is committed to sustainable planning and we work hard to create excellent experiences for our residents long before they even purchase their homes,” said Tom Panaseny, general manager and VP of operations for Newland Communities. “These two awards speak to the rigorous planning that went into making FishHawk Ranch the great community it is today.”
FishHawk Ranch’s “Green Construction” Aurora Award applauded how numerous aspects of the community take the environment into account – from construction using sustainable building materials to a walkable and bikeable community design that reduces road congestion. In early planning, FishHawk Ranch located roads to preserve vegetation and trees, and let natural elements guide design. Several of FishHawk Ranch’s buildings, such as the Tennis Club, Information Center, and Starling Club are LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable practices.
FishHawk Ranch was also recognized specifically for its Starling neighborhood with “Best Community Site Plan” Aurora and Grand Aurora Awards. These awards commemorate innovation, land-use planning, superior design and quality of the living environment. The Starling neighborhood offers parks and trails that connect residents to the FishHawk County Sports Complex and Starling amenities, which include the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club and the Starling Club. The neighborhood is also adjacent to the Alafia River and land protected by Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).
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About Newland Communities
Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States. With over 40 years of experience, Newland and its affiliates have completed or have underway more than 140 diverse real estate developments, over 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space and 175,000 residential units in 14 states. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Newland is currently developing four master-planned new-home communities in Hillsborough County, Florida: FishHawk Ranch, Circa FishHawk, MiraBay and Waterset.
About FishHawk Ranch
FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities is a 3,000-acre master-planned community located in southeast Hillsborough County. Recently certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition as the first green community in Hillsborough County, FishHawk Ranch features a variety of amenities including more than 25 miles of nature trails. The community offers townhomes, single-family, and custom homes priced from $120,000 to more than $1 million. The FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center and 11 model homes are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 685-7500 or visit our website at www.fishhawkranch.com.
About NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH):
NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability-conscious master planned communities across the US. The Waterset development joint venture is one of NASH’s consolidated subsidiaries in the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. http://nashcommunities.com/ SEKISUI HOUSE is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. http://www.sekisuihouse.co.jp/english/index.html