Fiddlers Creek Recognized Among Americas Best Communities

Naples, FL (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

Fiddlers Creek has been selected as one of Americas Top 100 Best Master-Planned Communities by, a leading online network of active retirement communities.

Fiddlers Creek was one of just 23 master-planned communities throughout the state of Florida and the only community in the Naples/Collier County area to be included on the list. It was specifically recognized for its community amenities, including restaurants/food services, planned activities, fitness center, pools/spas, golf course, and beach and boating opportunities.

Established in 1995, is the worlds largest online network of active retirement, independent living, assisted living and community based retirement services. Its current list of member communities tops 103,000. The complete list of the Best Communities can be found at

Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddlers Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as Best Community in the 2012 Southwest Florida Readers Choice Awards. It also is the recipient of three 2012 CBIA Sand Dollar Awards for Community of the Year, Best Special Event for Residents New Years Eve Party and Best Community Newsletter.

Fiddlers Creek comprises of nearly 4,000 acres and is zoned for 6,000 residences. With a very low density level of 1.6 homes per gross acre, Fiddlers Creek will have about 100 distinct neighborhoods upon completion. Less than a third of the land will be developed, while the remainder is dedicated to nature reserves, lakes, parks, golf courses and recreational areas.

Amenities include the 54,000-square-foot club & spa, fitness center, tropical lagoon-style swimming complex, tennis courts, tot lot, and casual and elegant dining restaurants. The Club offers a luxurious resort lifestyle and is the location of numerous community-wide parties and special events hosted throughout the year for residents of all ages at Fiddlers Creek.

The extensive calendar of social events ranges from elaborate poolside parties and themed events to dinner shows and concerts, environmental programs, and childrens activities, and theres a year-rounders group to keep the activities hopping all year along. These events bring residents together to experience the world-class lifestyle amenities that Fiddlers Creek offers.

Homeowners also have the opportunity enjoy top rate golf through The Golf Club at Fiddlers Creek. Designed by acclaimed golf course designer Arthur Hills, the 18-hole, Par 72 Creek Course at Fiddlers Creek is ranked for the eighth consecutive year among Golfweek Magazines 2012 Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the country. The golf course features a series of holes that are strategic and challenging, yet accessible for golfers of all skill levels. Non-residents can also now access this great golf course. A limited number of annual and seasonal golf memberships are available with term date flexibility to suit the needs of the golfers in the area.

Residents seeking a beach and boating lifestyle may join the Tarpon Club. Located just down the road in the Isles of Capri, the Tarpon Club features a full-service marina, beach pavilion at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, luxurious resort and spa privileges, priority seating and dining rewards at Sale e Pepe, and spectacular social events on and off shore. The Club also offers an on-site, full-service concierge to assist with dining reservations, concert tickets and much more. A limited number of non-resident annual and seasonal memberships are currently available offering term date flexibility to meet the needs of area beach and boating enthusiasts.

Pre-construction residences at Fiddler’s Creek currently start in the $ 300s and are being offered by three well-respected homebuilders – D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction.

Move-in-ready homes are available for those families anxious to experience the resort lifestyle at Fiddlers Creek.

From Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 1-5 pm daily, D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction are having a Holiday Model Open House. Fiddlers Creek residents and non-residents are welcome to tour the models and enjoy light snacks and refreshments.

For more community and membership information, call 239-732-9300, stop by the Fiddlers Creek Sales Center located at 8152 Fiddlers Creek Parkway or visit the community online at

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Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) Announces the Purchase of Land to Open MRC Clear Springs Retirement Community in Galveston County, Texas

Clear Lake, TX (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) President & CEO, Ron Jennette, has announced that Happy Harbor Methodist Home, Inc., a non-profit corporation whose sole member is Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC), has entered into a Purchase Sale Agreement with Florida-based Regency Realty Group, Inc. The purchase includes an 18.81 acre site at the corner of FM 518 and 270 in the League City/Clear Lake area of Galveston County, TX, on the south side of Houston.

Happy Harbor Methodist Home, Inc. will be doing business on this site as MRC Clear Springs with a plan to develop a life care Healthy Living Community for persons aged 62 and better.

Upon completing the due diligence process, MRC is anticipating closing on the land in September or October of this year to be followed by informational sessions, then open the marketing offerings while the project is being designed. Construction is anticipated to start the end of 2013 or early 2014. Conceptual architectural renderings of the project have already begun, with a preliminary expectation of 108 Independent/Residential apartment homes, 36 Assisted Living apartments, 24 Memory Support suites for those with various dementias, 20 short-term Rehab units and 28 Skilled Nursing units for long-term care.

The MRC system, whose central support offices in The Woodlands, TX, is currently celebrating its 50th year of service ministry to senior adults in Texas. MRC prides itself in fulfilling its mission commitment to quality living for senior adults in a Christian environment where each person has the opportunity to live every day to the fullest they can and choose. This is done through services, programs, activities, care and housing with amenities; all supported with a capable, competent, caring and compassionate staff. MRC has other similar communities in Texarkana, Lufkin, Bryan and a smaller version under current construction in Huntsville. MRC also has 3 Home Health Agencies and has sponsored and manages 5 HUD apartment communities for seniors with income limitations, 3 in Bryan and 2 in La Porte. Additionally, MRC owns and leases to a 3rd party a retirement community on Galveston Island. For more information, please visit our website at, which also provides a link to our Facebook site.

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Space Exploration and Higher Education Will Both Benefit from New Partnership with NASA, Triad Semiconductor, Mentor Graphics and HBCU Communities

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) June 15, 2012

An Agency-wide effort, the NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions, or NSTI-MI, is a three-year competitive program designed to enhance the science, technology, engineering and math capabilities of HBCU students. The unique nature of Goddard’s arrangement is that it also involves a partnership with two private commercial companies.

Goddard, Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, along with Mentor Graphics in Wilsonville, Ore and Triad Semiconductor of Winston-Salem, N.C., have entered into a collaboration that will have university professors knowledgeable in microelectronics and computer science working with their students to build a library of electronic designs that can be rapidly and affordably built and used to design electronics for future spacecraft and instrument control.

“One of the challenges in undergraduate education is to have relevant and real design and build projects for students, said Lucy McFadden, Chief for Higher Education at Goddard. With efforts such as this, we have a ready structure to motivate students and give them a real learning environment with an exciting outcome.

Microelectronics design for space missions is demanding. Being able to optimize the size, weight and power of electronics is a mission critical activity for all projects. At the same time, outer space presents a harsh radiation environment requiring electronics to be able to operate under extreme conditions.

“Rapid development of electronics that meet size, weight and power requirements along with radiation-hardening will be critical to NASA’s future exploration efforts” said Lavida Cooper of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at Goddard.

The researchers will utilize a design environment provided by Triad known as ViaDesigner. ViaDesigner is a new electronic design automation tool that enables system-level engineers, who have no previous integrated circuit design experience, to create their own application-specific integrated circuits. ViaDesigner is based on the Mentor Graphics SystemVision

Seven New Housing Communities in Historic Landmarks Designed by The Architectural Team Receive 2012 Tsongas Awards from Preservation Massachusetts

CHELSEA, MA (PRWEB) May 09, 2012

In a major sweep of a high-profile awards program, the architecture and master planning firm The Architectural Team, Inc., (TAT) has announced today that seven of its recently completed historic adaptive-reuse housing projects have received citations from the organization Preservation Massachusetts as part of its prestigious 2012 Paul E. Tsongas Awards.

The award-winning, historic adaptive-reuse projects converted into new housing were designed by The Architectural Team in locations around the state. They include Canal Lofts in Worcester, Mass., a mixed-income, multifamily housing community; Curtain Lofts in Fall River, Mass., an affordable active-adults housing community for residents aged 55 and over, developed by Boston-based WinnDevelopment; and Linwood Mill in Northbridge, Mass., also an affordable active-adults housing community for residents aged 55-plus, developed by Boston-based EA Fish Development.

Also cited for their successful adaptation of historic landmarks into housing communities were City View Commons I Apartments in Springfield, Mass., an affordable and modernist rehabilitation of 20th century historic buildings by the First Resource Companies; The Hayes at Railroad Square in Haverhill, Mass., a mixed-income multifamily transit-oriented development (TOD); Union Street Lofts in New Bedford, Mass., an urban style apartment community comprised of five individual historic buildings developed by HallKeen and WHALE; and Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer, MA developed by the Volunteers of America.

The Tsongas Awards were presented at the Preservation Massachusetts annual awards dinner last week at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. According to the group Preservation Massachusetts, This years awards celebrate the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MHRTC) and the power preservation has in our communities. As an economic engine, the MHRTC has allowed projects like these to revitalize communities, spur investment, create jobs and enhance our collective quality of life.

Believing in Preservation

Sought-out for expertise in converting some of the most complex historic mills, hospitals, schools and factories in the country into new uses, The Architectural Team has completed more than 150 historic preservation, restoration and adaptive-reuse projects since its founding in 1971. Today these honors for seven new projects add to the firms portfolio of award-winning designs. The team has been featured recently on the television show Chronicle on Boston’s ABC affiliate channel 5 ( The episode is called “Recycled Boston,” and it features several of the firm’s projects.

We are honored to be recognized by Preservation Massachusetts for our work at Canal Lofts and Curtain Lofts, said Gilbert Winn, Managing Principal of WinnCompanies. It is important to preserve and honor the rich histories of these two buildings by rescuing them from their dormant and underutilized states, and ensuring that they are put to full use, housing a range of populations and adding to the aesthetic landscape of their communities in Worcester and Fall River.

Canal Lofts, formerly the Hill Envelope/Chevalier Furniture building, is one of Worcesters most notable or architecturally significant historic buildings. Today, the former mill has been transformed into a LEED Silver-certified, mixed-income multifamily housing community. The property offers 64 loft-style unitscomplete with the architectural detailing characteristic of these building types, such as expansive windows, exposed brick and vaulted wood-beamed ceilings and ample resident amenities.

Located in Fall Rivers historic district, Curtain Lofts, formerly the Wampanoag Mill an iconic granite millhas been artfully converted into a LEED-certifiable contemporary apartment community for active adults ages 55 and over. Amenities for residents include community green space, a cardio and fitness center, a community clubroom with catering kitchen, a resident lounge, as well as sun deck and relaxation garden with gazebo.

Slated to open in June, Linwood Mill will soon become home to active adults ages 55 and over. Situated in a serene setting adjacent to the Mumford River and within close proximity to the downtown area, Linwood Mill will provide a mix of 75 affordable studios, one- and two-bedroom units. The historic adaptation also includes commercial/retail space on the ground level. The expert renovation by The Architectural Team involved restoring the buildings clock tower and repairing the brick masonry to ensure that the historic structures distinctive architectural history is preserved. The design of Linwood, as in all of the firms historic adaptive-reuse projects, strives to retain many of the buildings historically authentic features such as exposed beams and columns, oversized windowsoffering many units with scenic views of the riverand other detailing throughout.

The Hayes at Railroad Square in Haverhill, Mass., located adjacent to the former Washington Street Shoe District in downtown Haverhill, is a historic adaptive reuse of a former shoe packing factory into a mixed-use, multifamily transit-oriented development (TOD). It was also the first 40R development to be permitted in Massachusetts, and serves as an extension of the existing historic industrial neighborhood. The development offers a mix of 57 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with 33% dedicated as affordable units, as well as 5,000 square feet of commercial space. The units are designed to have a loft-style feel, boasting original features such as exposed wood beam ceilings and decking. The Hayes also offers residents amenities including a community room and cafe, an indoor childrens play area, laundry room, and a fitness center. It was also the recipient of the 2011 Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute and the 2011 Project of the Year for Adaptive Reuse from Multifamily Executive Magazine.

An affordable and modernist rehabilitation of a historic building, City View Commons I, in Springfield, Mass., is a 152-unit affordable multifamily development that won a Springfield Preservation Trust Award in June 2011 for the restoration of the 20th-century apartment blocks. The Architectural Team also worked on City View Commons II, an adjacent, 144-unit affordable housing property. The developer for City View Commons properties I and II is First Resource Development Company.

Union Street Lofts located in downtown New Bedford, Mass., is comprised of five individual turn-of-the-century buildings located in the citys historic district. The firm converted these structures into 35 new urban style loft apartments which are designed to provide the maximum amount of natural light given its high ceilings and open floor plans.

And rounding out the list is Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer, Mass., formerly the Ayer Community Hospital built in 1928, which now serves as a 72 unit assisted living community. The building received historic designation from the Massachusetts Historic Commission in 2004 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Architectural Team has unique expertise in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. As with all mill projects where EA Fish Development has partnered with TAT, the completed Linwood Mill project strikes the perfect balance between historic character, livability and high-design. We look forward to working with TAT on many future projects, says Matt Mittelstadt, Managing Director, EA Fish Development.

Co-founder and managing principal, Robert Verrier, FAIA, NCARB and architect of record for Canal Lofts, City View Commons I, Curtain Lofts, and Union Street Lofts, was recently elevated to the 2012 American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in recognition of his preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings throughout his car