Shearwater community wins five design and construction awards


Shearwater, a new master-planned community on County Road 210, was recently honored with four Aurora Awards for design by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), as well as a 2017 Excellence in Construction Award by the Florida First Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC).

“We are very excited that Shearwater was recognized for excellence in construction, planning and design by local industry professionals,” said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president of Freehold Communities. “As with all of our properties, Freehold Communities focuses on working with quality partners, such as ELM, DSC and Ansana Interior Design to create a truly unique community that offers natural beauty and timeless designs.”

Freehold Communities worked with various Northeast Florida companies to develop Shearwater. Jacksonville-based planning and architecture firm Ervin Lovett Miller (ELM) was Shearwater's 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 (Ansana) provided interior design services for the community amenities.

“Shearwater represents a unique commitment to outdoor recreation, nature, wellness, and quality of life that is reflected throughout the community but is especially evident in the design of the central recreational center, the Kayak Club." said Steve Lovett, Shearwater's lead designer. "This recreational and community hub was designed to offer residents a high-quality social, aquatics, fitness, play and tennis experience.”

The Aurora Awards are presented annually by the FHBA and the SEBC to recognize excellence in planning, design and construction in projects across the southeastern United States and eastern Caribbean.