Trifecta Construction completes affordable, 'green' housing project in Ft. Lauderdale

02/21/2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2012) – Progresso Point, Fort Lauderdale’s newest community in Flagler Village, is one of the first to meet the criteria for building healthy, environmentally efficient, affordable housing. The 76-unit multi-family apartment building will celebrate its grand opening on Feb. 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an official ribbon cutting by the co-developers, Reliance Housing Foundation and Broward County Housing Authority. Those invited to attend will include City and County officials, development and construction team members, financing stakeholders, current building residents and surrounding neighbors.

A collaborative project completed by co-developers Reliance Housing Foundation and the Broward County Housing Authority, contractor Facchina Construction and sustainability expert Trifecta Construction Solutions, Progresso Point is a sustainable apartment community for residents who work in the hundreds of nearby restaurants, service industries, and other professions critical to Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.

Dr. Jennifer Languell, founder and president of Trifecta Construction Solutions, explains that Progresso Point is a perfect example of how energy efficiency can be cost effective when features are built in from the outset.

“Many times builders and contractors don’t realize how building green actually saves money,” said Languell. “Progresso Point demonstrates that we are able to produce housing that benefits the environment and the residents.”

Progresso Point Apartment Homes was built at an energy efficiency level 40 percent lower than the established Florida energy code. The apartment complex is also designed with tankless water heaters, water saving faucets, showerheads, dual flush toilets, air conditioning with a SEER 15 rating, Energy Star qualified lighting in every room, low VOC paint and energy star rated appliances. The building meets the criteria for Florida Green Building Coalition’s (FGBC) Green High Rise Standard.

Jeff Shetterly, development manager at Reliance Housing Foundation, said, “This collaborative project is a great example of how our partnership has proven that we can make meaningful improvements in three areas of sustainable development – the social, environmental, and economic areas. While providing urban infill affordable housing for new residents, we have also taken steps to lessen our environmental impact and reduce our operating expenses over the long term by incorporating green and highly efficient building materials and systems.”

Progresso Point Apartment Homes is located at 619 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.