Álvarez-Díaz & Villalon is pleased to announce that for the first time a Puerto Rican firm has been awarded the National Association of Home Builders, Best in American Living Gold Award for its project Renaissance Square – in the Affordable, Multifamily category.
The Best of American Living Gold Award is the highest NAHB’s recognition of outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. This award highlights what building industry professionals need to know to set their project apart and hit the right mark with today’s knowledgeable home buyers.
Renaissance Square is the first mix-finance affordable housing project in Puerto Rico and the first in compliance with the Caño Martin Peña Master Plan. The new urbanist master planned community consists of 140 new apartments in a mix of one, two- or three-bedroom units in a 4 story mixed-use building, 3 story walk-ups, and 3 story townhouses. The scale of the buildings together with its well-designed proportions and adequate hierarchy provides an excellent sense of place for its tenants and the community around it.
The new complex builds upon the residential character of the neighborhood and strengthens the commercial nature of the area. Moving beyond the parameters of affordable housing, plans for the site include amenities and site improvements associated with market-rate developments, including walking trails, playgrounds, fitness centers, community gardens, landscaping, site lighting, and controlled parking and building access.
“Before Renaissance Square, the area represented all that was wrong with high-rise, high-density public housing: isolation, dysfunction, and social-conflict. The idea of the Renaissance came as a response to that conflict”, Arq. Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz.
This project was made possible by the joint efforts of purpose driven partners, McCormack Baron Salazar & F&R Construction Group.