The John Gorrie Receives Grand Aurora Award For Adaptive Reuse Multi-Family Renovation
The John Gorrie a condominium, one of Jacksonville's premier
condo communities located in the Riverside Avondale neighborhood,
and Gordon's Castle, LLC were recently recognized at the 2012
AURORA Awards with a GRAND AURORA Award in the "Remodeling,
Rehabilitation or Historical Renovation" division. The GRAND AURORA
award is presented to the best in category within 11 Southern
The AURORA Awards is a
design competition recognizing excellence in residential
construction for multi-family and single-family projects in a
number of categories across the Southeastern United States and the
Caribbean. Now in its 33rd year, the AURORA Awards program is
affiliated with the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and
the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), one of two regional trade
shows recognized by and affiliated with the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB).
"It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in the construction
industry for the preservation and renovation of the former John
Gorrie Junior High School," said Jim Sutton, senior manager of
Gordon's Castle, a Jacksonville-based general contractor.
"The John Gorrie a condominium would not have been possible
without the resolve, tireless energy and expertise from project
owner Delores Barr Weaver, development manager Ron Buckley and
architect Rob Overly."
The John Gorrie a condominium also recently received awards for
Outstanding Multi-Family Renovation from Riverside Avondale
Preservation (RAP) and Adaptive Reuse from the Jacksonville
Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC).
"We are thrilled for the recognition that The John Gorrie has
received from these prominent organizations for the hard work and
dedication to preserving one of Riverside's most cherished
landmarks," said Weaver.
Great lengths were taken to modernize the buildings to today's
housing standards while preserving its historical architecture and
ambience. During the renovation, more than 81 miles of electrical
wire, 78 separate air-conditioning units and 25,000 concrete pavers
were used to complete the building. Original wood flooring was
retained where possible, but nearly 30,000 square feet of new wood
flooring was also installed. The two buildings combined boast a
total of 725 new exterior windows.
The John Gorrie a condominium features 68 residences including
studios, one- and two-bedroom condominiums, and two-story townhomes
ranging in size from 800 square feet to 1,800 square feet and
priced from the low $100,000s. Second mortgage funding is available
for a limited number of qualified buyers.
For more information regarding the John Gorrie a condominium,
call (904) 383-3688.