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Great Year for Quantum at 2018 PACE Awards

 

The Property Management Association recognized the best communities in the industry at the 8th Annual Apartment Community Excellence(PACE) Awards Ceremony, held October 18, 2018, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel. 

Ten Quantum-managed properties received awards, continuing Quantum’s dedication to excellence through professionally managing properties with expertise, knowledge, and passion, making our properties physically and fiscally secure, and enriching the lives of our residents.

Cedar Ridge Apartments (Reston, VA)
Affordable Winner

Evergreen House (Annandale, VA)
Senior Winner

Morris Glen Apartments (Alexandria, VA)
Senior Winner

Lockwood House (Arlington, VA)
Judge’s Choice Senior Winner

Covenant Village Apartments (Germantown, MD)
Judge’s Choice Senior Winner

Mrs. Philippines Home for Senior Citizens (Oxen Hill, MD)
Judge’s Choice Senior Winner

The Apartments at North Point (Reston, VA)
Distinguished Community Affordable

Elmwood House (Arlington, VA)
Distinguished Community Senior

Herndon Harbor House I & II (Herndon, VA)
Distinguished Community Senior

Emerson House (Bladensburg, MD)
Distinguished Community Senior

 

The Property Management Association’s Apartment Community Excellence Awards recognize excellence in the management of multifamily residential properties.

PMA established criteria that only honor truly exceptional properties. Esteemed property management professionals serve as judges. They have the knowledge and experience to look past veneers to truly evaluate a property’s ability to deliver superior living experiences. The criteria judges use to evaluate communities include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Landscaping/Grounds/Curb Appeal
  • Reception Area/Leasing Center
  • Building Interior; Building Health and Safety
  • Common Areas and Amenities
  • Resident Services
  • Resident Events and Activities
  • Marketing Outreach
  • Community Service and
  • Resident Retention

Awards are given in four categories to help assure apples-to-apples comparisons. The award categories are

  • Market rate
  • Lease-up (properties less than a year old)
  • Affordable (tax credit/government assisted)
  • Senior (55+ communities that are 75% senior, including those that are affordable)

Within the four categories, properties compete against those with comparable rents in the same state.

Team Building is up Quantum’s Alley

We would like to say a big thank you to all who came out to the Quantum Employee bowling event on Friday, August 24, 2018. We're sure all who attended would agree that we did have a GREAT time – fun, laughter, and some good food.

We also had some prize winners:

  • Highest Score – Mike Ohana at Wingler House - $25.00 gift card
  • Fastest Bowling – Woody Carter at Madonna House (that ball looked like it was going at 100 miles per hour!!) - $25.00 gift card
  • Team with Highest Score
  • Team with Lowest Score

Thank you to the Quantum Events Committee for such a great team building event. (Sandy Budock, Shirley Jones, Justin Hewett, Tracey D'andrade, Reeta Shah, Margaret Heflin, Suzette Herod, Woodrow Carter, Melissa Magaruh, Florence Thomas)

National Night Out with Quantum

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

The Quantum team would like to give a round of applause to Island Walk, Cedar Ridge Apartments, Crescent Apartments, Marywood ApartmentsEcho Mountain, and Herndon Harbor House for their participation in helping residents celebrate neighborhood support, crime prevention, peace and community spirit. With their contributions of great food, photo area and corn hole everyone had an awesome time-we have photos and footage to prove it!

Madonna House at Belmont in June/July 2018 Virginia LEAP Newsletter

The Madonna House at Belmont project was completed on June 27, 2018, and included replacing all bathroom vanity 60 watt bulbs with 6 watt LED bulbs. This project also included the replacement of older shower heads with water efficient shower heads.

Small Changes Yield Big Benefits at Fredericksburg Apartment Complex

Property managers at Madonna House apartments in Fredericksburg have been keeping a close eye on the cost of energy and water for a few years and knew there was plenty of room for improvement in both electricity and water consumption at the complex.

Property Manager Woody Carter was excited when LEAP got in touch about Dominion Energy’s Low-Income Weatherization program because he understood the benefits right away. Changing incandescent bulbs to LEDs and installing low flow showerheads on such a large scale – 130 apartments in all – saves a lot of energy and money. At Madonna House that means more money in the tenants’ pockets since each resident pays their own individual electric bill.

LEAP staffer Ryan Van Patten, and summer interns Erilen Gomez and Mica Girstantas, recently spent a day installing 522 six-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 600-watt incandescents in the apartments. Each one bedroom apartment received 4 bulbs and two bedroom apartments received 8 bulbs. 78 low flow showerheads were also installed. This simple switch out will save 11,275 kWh per year.

“LEAP walked the Madonna House Management team through all facets of the project. Most importantly the LEAP technicians who came to install the energy efficient items were very polite to our community and caused minimal disturbance,” said Woody Carter. “As a company we are hoping to apply this project throughout our communities to reduce the impacts on human health and the environment.”

 

Island Walk Fresh Produce Market & Resource Fair

Accessing fresh, organic produce at a reasonable price can be a struggle for anyone, especially those who struggle financially. This is why Island Walk partnered with Ladybell Farms for a special one-day event on Friday, May 18, 2018, that turned into much more. While our initial goal was to provide vegetables at a discount, we decided to take this opportunity up a couple of notches.

In addition to Ladybell Farms bringing fresh vegetables as well as flowers, we also invited some community partners for a Resource Fair. In attendance were representatives from Herndon Health Works, Training Futures, Computer CORE, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Police, and we even had a “Maintenance Corner” from Island Walk’s very own Maintenance Supervisor, Carlos Lazo. A few of the Island Walk teens also decided to use this event to hold a bake sale to raise funds to send a box of kids clothes, books, and toys to El Salvador!

One more special aspect of the event was that we used the opportunity to invite our neighbors from across the street in a housing development called Golf Course Island. Our goal is to build relationships and to thank them for the Little Free Library they donated to us earlier this year. Residents purchased produce, explored our resource fair, and were walked down to the Little Free Library by Island Walk Teen Volunteers.

Despite heavy rains, Island Walk’s Fresh Produce Market & Resource Fair event was very successful! We had over 50 attendees from Island Walk, Golf Course Island, community partners, and Island Walk staff. Because the event was well-received, Ladybell Farms has agreed to hold regular markets throughout the summer and fall and we will continue to use these events as opportunities to further build community relations and bring valuable resources to the residents.

Dedication of Donald M. Garner Day Lounge at Robert L. Walker House

The newly completed day lounge at Robert L. Walker House was dedicated and named in honor and recognition of New Image Community Baptist Church Pastor Donald Garner’s relentless service and commitment to the Robert L. Walker House.

Pastor Garner has served faithfully as a Trustee, Deacon, Member of the Male and Gospel Choirs, Sunday School and Bible Study Teachers, Minister of Education, Chairman of the Finance and Control Board, Assistant to the Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Presbytery Board Member, and Pastor of Administration. He has served as Pastor since July 2000. He is a graduate of the Givens Bible College of Rhema Christian Center and has a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Christian College.

 

 

Copeland Manor and NHT-Enterprise Encourage Watershed Sustainability through Art

Don’t Throw Your Trash Where the Fish Splash

By NHT Sustainability Manager Kathleen Berube

Few of us routinely think about our personal actions and the quality of our watershed. Why would we? We’re all busy, wrapped up in our daily lives. We don’t consider the impact of the bottle we saw on the ground, the trash that blew by or the soap we used to wash our car. Even though we may not be aware, our actions have a tremendous impact on the quality of stormwater. Many seemingly benign actions have a very real detrimental effect on aquatic ecosystems. Changing our behaviors is not hard, but sometimes we need a little reminder.

Enter storm drain murals.

Storm drain murals, as the name implies, are pieces of artwork designed to foster a connection between the viewer and the watershed. The murals, accompanied by actionable messages like “only rain down this drain” and “don’t throw trash where the fish splash” catch the eye of those who pass by. Regular viewing of these murals encourages us to be more self-reflective and consider a change in our ways. Maybe you make an extra effort to property dispose of that plastic bottle, run after the trash that blew by, and take your car to a wash where water is cleaned and recycled.

The residents of Copeland Manor, a NHT-Enterprise property in SE D.C., recently participated in an artwork competition to design three storm drain murals. Residents were invited to submit concepts, slogans and sketches to inspire the final mural designs. The winning residents worked with a professional artist to transform their concepts into unique designs that reflected the personality of Copeland Manor and the residents who live there.

In April of 2018 all three murals were painted onto the drains. NHT-Enterprise staff, Copeland Manor residents and a professional artist all worked together to create amazing pieces of art that will inspire change in the community for years to come. Now, when Copeland Manor residents walk through their community they will see beautiful reminders that their actions, good or bad, have a tremendous impact on the Anacostia River. The hope is that small individual changes will add up to a larger culture of environmental stewardship at Copeland Manor.

This project was made possible by the Community Stormwater Solutions grant from the District Department of Energy and Environment. NHT-Enterprise hopes to expand its storm drain murals and environmental education efforts across it’s D.C. portfolio soon. A huge thank you to Maria Mandel of Creative Couch Designs and the residents and staff of Copeland Manor for making this project a smashing success!

From http://www.nationalhousingtrust.org/news-article/don%E2%80%99t-throw-your-trash-where-fish-splash

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