Spinnaker Group Projects Shine at USGBC Florida's GalaVerde Celebration

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Miami, FL: (October 14, 2019) -- The Spinnaker Group proudly
took home five Project-of-the-Year awards in several green-
building honors categories during the US Green Building
Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter's GalaVerde Leadership
Awards celebration. The gala was held at the University of
Miami Shalala Student Center on Saturday, October 12. Two
other Spinnaker projects were recognized as finalists in their
respective categories.

The 10th Annual GalaVerde Leadership Awards recognized
excellence in high-performance building design and
environmental stewardship and community impact, and
highlighted the green-building initiatives and achievements of South Florida projects, businesses, elected officials and community members. The judging for the event's awards categories was a "blind judging", whereby project submissions' names, teams and geographic locations were not identified. USGBC Florida is a nonprofit organization, and GalaVerde is the USGBC South Florida Chapter's flagship event of the year.

The following Spinnaker-assisted projects were judged as the best in noted categories:

  • Most Outstanding Neighborhood Development Award
    Northwest Gardens, LEED Silver 
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Most Outstanding Residential Award
    Lynn University Perper Residence Hall, LEED Silver 
    Boca Raton, Florida

  • Most Outstanding Existing Building Award
    UM School of Business, LEED Gold 
    Miami, Florida

  • Most Outstanding Green Schools Award 
    Alexander Montessori School Ludlum Road, LEED Gold 
    Miami, Florida

  • Most Outstanding Community Champion Award 
    OB Johnson Park, LEED Gold 
    Hallandale Beach, Florida

Additionally, two members of the Spinnaker staff were recognized with superlatives from the evening of honors:

  • Rising Star Award 
    Spinnaker Group intern and University of Miami student Natalie Lipsey was the category winner.

  • Green Veterans Volunteer of the Year Award 
    Spinnaker Group Commissioning Agent Edel Travieso was the category winner.

"We are extremely honored and pleased that these projects were recognized by our green-building peers as superlative examples of the highest quality, sustainable building undertakings," noted Jonathan Burgess, President of The Spinnaker Group. "Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. These projects represent a commitment to making the world a better place, as well as a challenge to others to do better. I congratulate and thank each of the outstanding contractor and vendor teams for their significant contributions to this transformational journey toward a more sustainable, healthy and prosperous built environment, as well as the owners for stepping up and doing the right thing to make an important environmental difference in our South Florida community."

Founded in 2003, the award-winning Spinnaker Group helps facilitate the delivery of the highest quality, sustainable building projects. Using an integrated team approach with a diverse range of clients, the firm has nearly 150 LEED Certified projects under its belt and more than 600 million sf of commissioned building space worldwide. In addition to tapping USGBC's LEED and other rating systems as anchors of its sustainable consulting services, Spinnaker's diverse team of design and construction professionals offer project management, energy modeling, fundamental and enhanced building commissioning, neighborhood planning, operations and maintenance consulting, indoor air quality testing, and life cycle analyses for all types of building projects.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC, LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The voluntary, consensus-based rating system for developing high-performing, sustainable buildings is designed to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment, while saving building owners money over a project’s life cycle. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques and the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Pictures ...

Above left ... Sam Brinson (left), Parks & Recreation Supervisor of OB Johnson Park, City of Hallandale Beach, and Jonathan Burgess, President, Spinnaker Group, with GalaVerde's Most Outstanding Community Champion Award.

Above right ... Robin Blakeman (right), Vice-Chair of USGBC South Florida, and Jonathan Burgess, President, Spinnaker Group.

Right ... Barbie Garcia (left) , Co-Chair for USGBC Miami, having fun at the podium with Jonathan Burgess, President, Spinnaker Group.