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A new renaissance

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DALLAS/FT WORTH - Recently KWA Construction completed a $17 million, three-story mixed income apartment community in Fort Worth’s Renaissance Square. Renaissance Heights apartments introduces a residential element that seeks to bridge the poverty gap by putting education centers, health care facilities and parks close to low income residents. The apartment completion even received praise from the Trump administration.


    The Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited the apartments recently in his 2017 “Listening Tour.” 
    Renaissance Square Phase I of Renaissance Heights consists of 140 one, two and three-bedroom mixed-income units, 85 percent of which are affordable housing. KWA Construction, a Dallas based general contractor,  has been in the multifamily industry since 2004 and has developed a great amount of expertise in HUD developments as well as the specific documentation and application requirements associated with these projects. They build higher density, suburban developments that give residents of all income levels access to comfortable and convenient living. 
    The Owner of Renaissance Heights is Columbia Residential.  The property is located west of 287 near Berry Street southeast in Columbia’s Renaissance Square.  The square has a variety of quick serve restaurants and shops for clothing, housewares and other merchandise and services.  Usually the residential structure goes in first and then the shops and other buildings around come after.  This project, however, completed the apartments last.
    The apartment complex is a total of 193,000 sf.  There are five buildings total. The community is surrounded by green spaces and tree-lined pathways connecting it to nearby schools in walking distance to shopping, health clinics, grocery stores, Cobb Park and a YMCA facility.  Infrastructure for biking, pedestrian-friendly activities and a playground for children helps create a thriving neighborhood.
    A non-residential building on the west side of the development includes a leasing center, plus amenities such as a computer room, community room, fitness center and laundry room.
    A decorative steel entrance with a storefront system welcomes residents to the community. Building materials included innovative brick and metal accent panels that enhance the communities modern feel.  In addition the project incorporates creative uses of siding and brick installations. All units feature GE ENERGY STAR appliances, open floor plans and luxury, hardwood-style flooring.  Bedrooms are carpeted with walk-in closets and ceiling fans. In addition, select units have garden tubs, double vanities, patios or balconies, a breakfast bar or island with storage and coat closets.
    Renaissance Heights is the first apartment project in this area of Fort Worth that the city is trying to revitalize. As mentioned earlier the mixed used development  seeks to bridge the poverty gap by putting education centers, healthcare facilities and green spaces in close proximity to low income residents. 
    The apartments include sustainable features, such as individual HVAC controls and upgraded lighting, which results in an increased energy savings and creates a more economically-friendly living environment. The GE ENERGY STAR appliances also offer cost savings without sacrificing quality.
    KWA excelled in dealing with all of the challenges in the current market environment that came along with building a project in the business. DFW has been growing so much that labor has been an issue for most construction companies in general. KWA’s way to overcome the challenge used efficient scheduling techniques and creative methods without impacting the quality and design of the project.
    KWA chose JHP Architects for the development. The project manager was Stan Fulks, assistant project manager Paul Bennett; project superintendent Greg Siewinki; superintendent Chad Wellman and assistant superintendent Ken Halsey.
    KWA and the project team are pleased to have introduced an affordable and sustainable living option to residents of southeast Fort Worth. They share in Columbia Residential’s commitment to quality construction, sustainable materials and energy efficiency.  -ja

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