Neighborhood Development

Snapshots of the projects noted below are in the following format:

  • Project / Location
  • Rating System / Award Level / 
    Date Certified
  • Spinnaker Services -- e.g., Consulting, Commissioning, Energy Modeling
  • Architect / Owner / Contractor
  • Square Footage


Northwest Gardens / Fort Lauderdale, FL
LEED ND / Silver / 2/8/2019
Spinnaker Services: Consulting
Noteworthy: This is the first ND project to be fully built out and certified in the State of Florida.
33 acres

This 33-acre, primarily residential and secondarily mixed-use, neighborhood development, incorporated universal design strategies. The project was started in December 2010 and completed with LEED Neighborhood Development Silver certification in February 2019. It was the first LEED Neighborhood Development project in the State of Florida to be fully built and certified. The
project contains 394 dwelling units located in 44 multi-family buildings in addition to several retail and office buildings. Improvements were made to the existing street network and utility infrastructure, along with pocket parks and a series of community gardens and pedestrian connections. The location of the NWG neighborhood was ideal for the LEED ND program as an infill site in an urban area being redeveloped into mixed-income multi-family housing. The community boasted sufficient density in an open, gridded street network in compact blocks within walking distance to mass transit. The project is ADA Compliant.

Miami Design District / Miami, FL
LEED ND/ Gold / 10/1/2012
Spinnaker Services: Consulting
SB Architects / Dacra / Coastal Construction
23 acres, 2.2 million sf

The Spinnaker Group provided LEED for Neighborhood Development Consulting for this unique project, which achieved LEED Gold certification in 2012. All north of downtown and less than 10 minutes away from South Beach in a pedestrian-friendly environment, the neighborhood became the first LEED ND Gold Certified project in Miami Dade County. As part of a public-private partnership with the City of Miami, two above-ground parking structures, City Garage and Museum Garage (with respectively, 559 and 800 parking spaces), became cornerstones of vehicular access on the western edge of the redevelopment efforts and featured many distinct and artistic façades in addition to energy efficient and best-in-class parking management technology.

Palm Court, a major component of the Miami Design District, Miami’s first LEED for Neighborhood Development project, achieved LEED Gold for Core + Shell. As Sustainability Consultants, The Spinnaker Group provided LEED Consulting, Building Commissioning and Energy Modeling for Palm Court. Palm Court is nestled in the heart of the Miami Design District -- a dynamic city block home to a plethora of sights, sounds, amenities and beautiful gardens that entices visitors to shop and play. On display at the center of the Court is a beautiful replica of R. Buckminster Fuller’s futuristic Fly’s Eye Dome and a sculpture of Le Corbusier. Hidden below these beautiful art installations is a vast sea of parking. The parking decks were strategically placed below surface level to keep the District walkable and to preserve the human scale. Adorned with towering palm trees, beautiful modern architecture designed by SB Architects, energy efficient glass and state-of-the-art lighting, it is LEED Gold certified and highly sustainable. Palm Court has also implemented Tenant Design & Construction Guidelines to ensure its high-end, luxury retailers are also building as sustainably as the rest of the District. The Project also scored many points for Recycled Content, Water Use Reduction, Optimized Energy Performance and Regional Materials.

Miami Worldcenter / Miami, FL 
Targeting LEED ND Silver
Spinnaker Services: Consulting, Building Commissioning, Energy Modeling
Miami World Center
25 acres

The Spinnaker Group is providing LEED for Neighborhood Development Consulting, Building Commissioning and Energy Modeling for this large mixed-use development under construction, which is targeting LEED ND Silver certification. Projected as a dynamic urban core of diversity and excitement, Miami Worldcenter spans several blocks in the Park West neighborhood of Miami, just north of downtown. It encompasses more than 25 acres of land, with a convention center, hotel space, residential, and copious street-level retail and large-anchor tenant space. The hotel and convention center are planned to be part of the same 55-story building. This world-class destination project connects with the Virgin Trains USA higher-speed rail system's Virgin MiamiCentral station. Spinnaker worked with the team to enhance the neighborhood’s walkability, connectivity, street life experience, and within the retail spaces on energy/water performance and enhanced air quality. 

CityPlace Sustainability Assessment / West Palm Beach, FL 
Spinnaker Services: Sustainability Consulting
Related Companies / West Palm Beach
72 acres

CityPlace (now Rosemary Square) is West Palm Beach's entertainment and retail center. The 72-acre, vibrant destination offers residences, retail, a convention center, arts and cultural programs, and a convention-center hotel (which achieved LEED Silver, assisted by Spinnaker Group). In 2018, Spinnaker Group was called on to provide sustainability consulting for then-CityPlace, which was looking to reshape the site's long-term vision. Spinnaker Group joined developers, owners and the City to create goals that met present needs while preserving resources required for its future generations. The resulting assessment embraced building a green economy for Rosemary Square, minimizing the production of waste and greenhouse gas emissions, acting as leaders within the region in achieving energy independence and security, and preparing for a changing climate. Policy and tenant changes included businesses making an operational shift toward eco-friendly, sustainable practices. The resultant Rosemary Square vision of sustainability would balance human needs with the needs of the destination's culture and natural environment, and included:

  • Community education.
  • The availability of quality jobs, both high-tech and green collar.
  • Developing a functional residence and business community with a sense of character and place. Opportunities for recreation.
  • The integration of artistic principles into green building, natural resources, energy conservation, transportation and job creation.

With Spinnaker Group's assistance, an open, transparent and participatory dialogue between everyone at the table -- from owners and developers to community and business members and other key partners -- cemented a commitment and roadmap that embraced the triple bottom line -- economic, environmental and social equity -- to achieve set goals.