Outstanding Stewardship Award Presented to Snipes Academy of Arts and Design in Wilmington

Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition Honors Project for New Hanover County Schools Designed by SfL+a Architects

Wilmington, NC, April 20, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Robbie Ferris, president and CEO of SfL+a Architects (http://www.sfla.biz), has announced that the Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, a project designed by the firm for New Hanover County Schools, recently received the Outstanding Stewardship Award from the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition, an organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding development that protects, conserves, improves and provides awareness of the Lower Cape Fear region’s natural resources. The award, a nomination for which was submitted by New Hanover County Schools, was presented in an awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors. The Outstanding Stewardship Award is the highest level of distinction available in the Stewardship Development Program.

In order to receive recognition for the Snipes Academy of Arts & Design, New Hanover County Schools and SfL+a Architects demonstrated the project’s commitment to water quality protection, green building, wetland preservation, community outreach, habitat and vegetation protection. Other deciding factors for the Outstanding Stewardship Award included long-term management, site inventory, natural project amenities and revitalization of the existing project site.

The Snipes Academy of Arts & Design is an 89,850square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Registered educational facility. Features of the two-story structure include a full gymnasium and 500-seat auditorium covered by an Energy Star hybrid built-up roof. The facility will serve 600 New Hanover County students.

“I am proud to have been able to work with New Hanover County Schools on a project that has been selected to receive the Outstanding Stewardship Award,” said Ferris. “SfL+a strives to integrate energy-efficient, environmentally friendly techniques into all of our projects, so we are honored to receive this high level of recognition for the Snipes Academy of Arts & Design.”

- Other cost-saving features of the energy efficient building include face brick exterior walls, Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) interior walls, interior painted CMU and gypsum board on metal studs, acoustical tile ceilings and vinyl tile floors, aluminum windows with insulated glass, hollow metal door frames and wood doors.

-For more information about the Stewardship Development Program, visit http://www.stewardshipdev.com/.

About SfL+a Architects:
SfL+a Architects is a firm designed to provide state-of-the-art architectural solutions to educational institutions. Founded in 1982, the company has emerged as one of the most highly regarded architectural firms in the Southeast, offering expert services in architectural planning, design, construction, land planning and interior design. The firm has offices located in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Charlotte, N.C. The sister company of SfL+a Architects is Firstfloor K-12 Solutions, LLC, a North Carolina development company pioneering public-private partnerships to develop educational facilities. The company is comprised of talented professionals, each possessing 15-20 years of experience in banking, finance, construction and property management. For more information, visit http://www.sfla.biz.

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