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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.”

 

Team Quantum walked in our 30th Great Strides Walk on May 9, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland.

This year we have lots to be thankful for but we still have lots to strive for also.  In December 2016 our son & friend, Danny (now 33 years old), miraculously received a double lung transplant.  Over the past few years Danny’s lungs have been failing rapidly but he now has renewed hope.  Unfortunately the transplant does not come without some new challenging medical problems that have Danny in and out of the hospital on a regular basis.  Although his lungs are CF free the rest of his body is still fighting CF, and in addition, he is taking an incredible amount of strong medicines to prevent rejection.   

There are many young adults in the same position as Danny who have recently undergone transplants or are waiting for transplants.  They all are fighting t stay alive.  For the next generation there is now more hope because of the medicines that are available to them now.  These medicines were a result of the research that has been funded by this walk year after year.  The challenge still remains to see that all CF patients are given the opportunity to live long, fulfilling lives.  This is why we are continuing to raise funds for research and ultimately for a cure!

Great Strides is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and support for people with CF and their families.  

Love and thanks for being a part of our team,

The Bessette Family and Team Quantum

Now in its 22nd year, the Mid-Atlantic AHMA Annual Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing Conference gives training from instructors such as AJ Johnson, Mary Ross, and Dennis DiBello regarding affordable housing topics. This year included a fun hypnotist show by Dr. Steve Taubman and the ever-popular Vendor Exhibition/Reception…with the fabulous gift basket raffle!

The Property Management Association honored the region’s most outstanding apartment communities at the annual PMA Apartment Community Excellence Awards (PACE) celebration, held October 19, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel.

According to PMA Executive Vice President Thomas B. Cohn, “PACE recognizes exceptional apartments and identifies communities that are passionate about providing exceptional resident services and delivering unparalleled living experiences. PACE not only celebrates excellence in the management of apartment communities, it also fills a void. PACE is the only awards program in the national capital region that evaluates apartment communities on their operating efficiencies and ability to deliver world-class customer service. Unlike many apartment award programs in other parts of the nation, PACE is not a beauty contest or a program to honor as many communities as possible. Instead, PACE looks to recognize truly extraordinary properties that are the best of the best.”

Cedar Ridge Apartments (Reston, VA)
Affordable Winner

Emerson House (Bladensburg, MD)
Senior Winner

Marywood Apartments (Manassas, VA)
Senior Winner

Lockwood House (Arlington, VA)
Senior Winner

Island Walk (Reston, VA)
Judge’s Choice Affordable

Bywater Mutual Homes (Annapolis, MD)
Distinguished Winner Affordable

Elmwood House (Arlington, VA)
Distinguished Winner Senior

Evergreen House (Annandale, VA)
Distinguished Winner Affordable

Gum Springs Glen Apartments (Alexandria, VA)
Distinguished Winner Senior

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

Winger House Apartments (Ashburn, VA)
Distinguished Winner 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.

The Property Management Association honored the region’s most outstanding apartment communities at the clipboard01annual PMA Apartment Community Excellence Awards (PACE) celebration, held October 20, 2016, at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, VA.

According to PMA Executive Vice President Thomas B. Cohn, “PACE recognizes exceptional apartments and identifies communities that are passionate about providing exceptional resident services and delivering unparalleled living experiences. PACE not only celebrates excellence in the management of apartment communities, it also fills a void. PACE is the only awards program in the national capital region that evaluates apartment communities on their operating efficiencies and ability to deliver world-class customer service. Unlike many apartment award programs in other parts of the nation, PACE is not a beauty contest or a program to honor as many communities as possible. Instead, PACE looks to recognize truly extraordinary properties that are the best of the best.”

 

 

Evergreen House (Annandale, VA)
Winner: Affordable Virginia over $1,000

Cedar Ridge Apartments (Reston, VA)
Distinguished Winner: Affordable Virginia over $1,000

Marywood Apartments (Manassas, VA)
Winner: Senior VA under $1,000

Lockwood House (Arlington, VA)
Judge’s Choice: Senior VA over $1,000

Elmwood House (Arlington, VA)
Judge’s Choice: Senior VA under $1,000

Morris Glen Apartments (Alexandria, VA)
Distinguished Winner: Senior VA under $1,000

Herndon Harbor House (Herndon, VA)
Distinguished Winner: Senior VA under $1,000

Winger House Apartments (Ashburn, VA)
Distinguished Winner: Senior VA over $1,000

Emerson House (Bladensburg, MD)
Distinguished Winner: Senior MD over $1,000

Covenant Village Apartments (Germantown, MD)
Distinguished Winner: Senior MD $1,001 to $1,200

The PACE Awards competition was open to all national capital area apartment communities. In 2016, more than 215 communities, serving as home to nearly 90,000 area residents, competed for PACE honors. Judges were experienced professionals with a combined 290 years of property management experience.

The Property Management Association established both categories and criteria for PACE Award winners to help assure apples-to-apples comparisons. Categories were based on average monthly rent of participants. In addition, the judges were given the latitude to present special Judge’s Choice awards that could focus on technology integration, environmental sustainability (green) and recognizing excellence in management and resident service.

PACE also established a weighted point evaluation system that factored in resident services, amenities, community and marketing outreach, resident retention programs, operating efficiencies and community appearance. A minimum score of 95 out of 100 was required to even be considered for an award. Awards were presented to lease-ups, market rate, government-program housing (communities that receive favorable tax considerations for below market rate rents and/or communities where residents receive government assistance to help pay rent) and 55+ senior communities.

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