Cortland Partners, a multi-family real estate investment and management firm, had acquired several new properties, including the Deerwood Village Apartments in Ocala, Florida. Renovia had recently worked with Cortland on a successful apartment project in Columbus, Ohio, in which 8 properties were completed in a very timely and efficient manner..
Cortland needed to address several key issues at Deerwood Village while showing existing residents they were reinvesting in the property. Areas that required immediate attention included:
Renovia assessed the project and scope of work, and put together a model of the project timeline and mock-up of the expected outcomes. The proposal was approved on the first pass by management and efforts began quickly.
The biggest area of concern was stucco failure. The stucco attaches to the wood framing of the chimneys in each unit. Because the stucco was deteriorating, water was entering the wood framing and causing damage. The material beneath the stucco was beginning to rot.
Renovia’s first step was to reconstruct and repair multiple chimneys on the property. To ensure costs remained in line with budget, Renovia created an individual project document for each chimney to establish a systematic approach for repair. A line-item budget agenda was implemented for replacement components to verify all costs.
The second task was to give Deerwood Village a major visual change by making a splash with color. The original paint colors for the buildings were neutral, primarily featuring whites and tans, which didn’t stand out. To create a visual impact, to improve the reaction of drive-by traffic, and to generate excitement among current residents, the buildings were repainted with more modern blues, greens, and greys. The blend of new colors elicited a reaction that drew attention to the property.
The project began in November, 2015 and was completed in April, 2016, one month ahead of schedule.
“Deerwood Village is one of the only projects I’ve ever worked on that was completed on time and within budget,” said Ed Broker, Construction Manager for the state of Florida.
Renovia completed repair of all the chimneys and stucco that had experienced damage over time. The new coat of paint has the residents excited and the property managers optimistic about promoting the complex to potential new tenants.
Broker worked with the site team and Chris Hall, Renovia Sales Manager, to complete the project. “Chris was instrumental in helping the team work through any problems,” said Broker. “The site team was pleased with the coordination and safety, and residents had very few issues during the project. Everyone involved was pleased with the outcome.”
Broker attributed the success of the enterprise to the quality of communication. He said clear, concise information throughout the process enabled the team to quickly identify issues and make informed, educated decisions. Successful communication also contributed to ensuring residents were fully informed of project status.
“Deerwood Village was my first time working with Renovia,” said Broker. “The execution of the work was exceptional and everyone was excited with the final product. It was a great experience.”