West Tampa, FL
Moses White Estates, designed by Reliable Group, LLC Architects, is the first public housing community in Tampa to secure the LEED GOLD designation. The former Moses White Estates was demolished in 1998 and rebuilt in 2011. President/CEO Jerome Ryans said "Green building is certainly worthy of industry praise due to its positive effect on the environment and for providing a better quality of life for our residents."
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is redefining the way we think about the places we work, live or learn. This internationally recognized mark of excellence provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measureable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Moses White is comprised of 69 units spread across 8 acres of land, the 17 buildings of first-rate, multi-family housing is configured as follows: 8 -1BR, 42-2BR and 19-3BR totaling 282,557 SF of heated space that complies with all building and fire codes. LEED certification provides independent third party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.
A 3,000 square foot Clubhouse adds to the beauty of this community and provides high-quality computer training. All units have been wired with Broadband modems for high-speed internet connections as part of THA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP); this $2 million dollar grant from the Department of Commerce enables residents to have access to the information super-highway, job search services, school-related information, homework assistance, and other agency-related activities.
Moses White Estates is the Tampa Housing Authority’s first LEED GOLD development whose sustainable, energy-efficient LEED elements include: HVAC System of HERS index 72, non-refrigerants, Zero energy-heated gas from the HVAC condenser to heat the water, erosion control, the use of non-invasive plants that are native to Florida, high efficiency irrigation system in all planting beds, low flow plumbing fixtures, (faucets, water closets and shower heads, Lot density of 8.6 units per acre, drought tolerant turf/plants, high albedo, 100% permeable lots, Energy Star appliances and more. The agency was presented with the good news at its January, 2012 Board meeting.
The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa promotes the development of a variety of affordable housing opportunities, facilities and supportive services to nurture neighborhoods; provide economic development and self-sufficiency activities for residents while also assuring equal access to safe, quality housing for low and moderate income families throughout the community.
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