Firstfloor Energy Positive Wins ‘Best Projects’ Award in 18th Annual ENR Southeast Competition

Top Quote Firstfloor Energy Positive was honored with the Best Projects award from ENR Southeast for their Horry County Schools project. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) August 11, 2018 - Engineering News-Record, the leading trade publication for engineering and construction professionals, has announced the winners of its 18th annual Best Projects awards competition — and Raleigh-based Firstfloor Energy Positive earned the “Best Project” award in the K-12 Education category for its energy-positive K-12 Horry County Schools project.

    The project’s five newly designed buildings — one of them an elementary school and four of them middle schools — provide teachers and students an advantage, as the facilities allow them to work and learn in a visually and technologically progressive environment. Firstfloor’s energy-positive facilities aim to provide creative, cost-effective solutions, all while greatly benefiting students and teachers alike with modernized and sustainable buildings.

    Features of the schools include a patio for outdoor learning, an iBar, a project pod, a brainstorm room, a flex class, a lecture hall, common areas and much more. By providing children with open learning environments, the designs promote an enhanced sense of community, a creative atmosphere, sustainability and more flexibility. The various landscapes for learning also help teachers cater to all students and their different learning needs.

    The annual ENR Southeast “Best Projects” awards are given to teams that complete the best architectural projects exemplifying teamwork, safety, problem-solving, innovation and quality. This year’s winners include impressive projects from across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Selection for this award means Firstfloor Energy Positive and its Horry County Schools project will be profiled in the Oct. 29 print edition of ENR Southeast. Additionally, ENR Southeast will honor each winning project at a Nov. 1 awards luncheon, to be held this year at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. For more information on the event, or to register, click here.

    Firstfloor Energy Positive and SfL+a Architects have completed several projects under their design-build-finance-maintain approach. To learn more about these projects and the companies’ philosophies, visit or — or check them out on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Firstfloor Energy Positive is a company specifically designed to provide turnkey development solutions to educational institutions. Firstfloor Energy Positive’s primary objective is focusing on the individual needs of its clients, providing creative, cost-effective development solutions for each unique project. Applying over six decades of experience in project design, site acquisition, financing, construction, construction management and property management makes this all possible.

    SfL+a Architects, a leading architectural firm established in 1982, focuses on delivering high-performance facilities that will serve communities and the environment for decades into the future. SfL+a Architects strives to accomplish all this while maintaining its core values — people, passion, commitment, integrity and innovation. The company’s business model demands the design of buildings that meet a minimum LEED Silver rating, and nothing less. Specializing in delivering extremely energy-efficient buildings, including energy-positive ones, SfL+a creates engaging environments that positively impact people, communities and the environment. Teaming up with its sister company, Firstfloor, SfL+a Architects offers alternative delivery methods, including financing solutions that reduce total cost of ownership for clients.

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