The Residences at Tenderfoot House, the first Summit County project for the development division of Verdigris Properties, has won the People's Choice award in this year's 18th annual Summit County Parade of Homes.
Recognized by members of the public who attended the event, the homes at 568 White Cloud Dr. in the Warrior's Mark neighborhood on Peak 10 have been designed and constructed to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The homes have been lauded for energy and water efficiency, durability, sustainable materials and indoor air quality.
"We would like to sincerely thank the Summit County Builders Association and Mountain Living Magazine for a fantastic 18th annual Parade of Homes," says Garratt Hasenstab, director of development for Verdigris Group. "We poured our heart and soul into this project with the overarching goal of setting a leading example of what conscientious real estate development can achieve. Each of our projects bring forth a triple bottom-line asset to the community - generating aesthetic resonance, economic value and positive social impact; thus serving as a catalyst for future sustainable development as well as further depth of thought in sustainability as it relates to our built environment."
The ultra-green residences built by Verdigris Group were one of 20 entries in this year's parade.
In addition, longtime Parade of Homes sponsor Bank of the West, which sold tickets for the event at its three Summit County branches, has donated $1,000 to The Summit Foundation.
"In addition to being a sponsor, for the first time we sold tickets from branch locations to make it easier for locals to gain access to the Parade of Homes," says Mark Ahrenholtz, senior divisional marketing manager for Bank of the West. "We also made a commitment to The Summit Foundation that we would make a donation of $2 for each ticket sold out of our branches."
Bank of the West has since decided to increase the monetary sum of its donation, and has opted to give $1,000 to The Summit Foundation.
"The Parade of Homes is a good draw and a great way to recognize the hard work of homebuilders, remodelers and their craftsmanship," Ahrenholtz says. "It's an event that draws people from outside the county during an off-season time, and it also serves as an economic boost to Summit County. This is our way of giving back."
The annual Summit County Parade of Homes, which takes place the last two weekends of September, is hosted by the Summit County Builders Association. This year's sponsors included Breckenridge Building Center, Bank of the West, Cutting Edge Woodworking, Specialty Wood Products, While You're Not Home and the Summit Association of Realtors.
Proceeds from ticket sales, which typically amount to more than $20,000 a year, are donated to The Summit Foundation.