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10-19-2012 - CAMBRIA AT CORNERSTONE WINS BEST MULTIFAMILY AWARD FROM HRACRE

Cambria at Cornerstone wins Best Multifamily Award From HRACRE

The 256-UNIT Cambria at Cornerstone project in Virginia Beach raises the level of quality by surrounding the consumer in resort style luxury amenities. The medium density community, which envelops 17 acres, has an urban feel but features conventional construction techniques and street parking rather than a parking structure. Multiple veneer materials and colors, a stoop on all the first-floor units and various jogs in the elevations enhance Cambria's overall curb appeal. Despite the site's tight configuration, lighting and landscaping strategically placed work together to create a heightened feeling of space. Inviting outdoor spaces emulate a community atmosphere with a combination of active and passive gathering areas. The units' interiors feature modern, high-end finishes and standard upgrades such as granite and hardwood. The construction team delivered the project on time and on budge, raising the bar for quality so high it marked the beginning of a new brand: "enriched lifestyle communities."

Judges Comments

Multifamily projects have market drivers and code factors that can create challenges for designers. One of those challenges is addressing the car. This multifamily project pushes the parking to the perimeter of the block and builds a community space in the middle. The jury liked that they were trying to create a "place." The buildings formed outdoor semi-private "rooms." All the materials seem somewhat coherent. We appreciate that it isn't brick on the outside with the rest being fiber-cement siding. They carried brick throughout the project, with it on the facades facing the interior as well as the facades facing the street. The outside living rooms also were nicely furnished with landscape elements such as trellis, fencing, fire pits and the pool. And what outdoor living space would be complete without a wide-screen television for viewing pleasures. Cambria elevates this type of project's typology.

- HRACRE