Habitat America Communities Win PACE Awards
October 25, 2016
Three Habitat America managed communities received recognition at the 2016 PMA Apartment Community Excellence Awards (PACE) ceremony on October 20, 2016 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, VA. In the Affordable Maryland with Rents from $1001-$1200 category, Riverwoods at Tollgate of Abingdon, MD received first place and Westminster Overlook of Westminster, MD received a distinguished winner award. Taney Village of Frederick, Maryland received a distinguished winner award in the Affordable Maryland with Rents from $1200-$1400.
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.”
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.
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.
Habitat America managed communities offer equal housing opportunity.