Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 139
Amenities are of the utmost importance in multifamily developments today, so much so that tenants are content with smaller units
if they have more features. "I think it's not as important to have a
surplus of space," Englert says. "An efficient and good design can
make up for small units if there are adequate amenities and common areas that people can escape to. It's less about what happens
in the units as long as they are well-designed and high quality, but
more about what's happening in the amenity spaces."
When developing new sites like Morrissey Boulevard, Criterion
works with different construction companies for each project. "We
are lucky to have two strong contractors who have built the majority of our projects," Englert says. "It's a capacity issue with how
much one company can do at a time, so we spread it out a little bit.
We started with one of the groups 10 years ago and they are still
building our projects today."
The company is always focused on sustainable building and
all of its projects are LEED certifiable. "Sometimes the investors
don't get it certified, but it's always built to a standard that can be
certified," Englert explains. "We promote the different aspects of
what we have done that would allow for the certification like white
roofs, low-flow faucets or high-efficiency appliances and lighting.
It's important to our residents and important to us to be conservation minded."
Moving forward, Criterion plans to continue to focus on multifamily developments and expand into new markets. "Our focus
will always be on Texas and New England," Englert says. "We hope
to be able to provide quality housing options to meet the demand
across the spectrum for renters and look forward to uncovering
new opportunities throughout the regions." )
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