Marcelo Fernandes

Marcelo Fernandes has proven financial management success with his experienced computer programming abilities. His technological abilities and experience has placed him in the forefront of real estate industry. His accomplishments include the administration of strict construction budgets and the control of large inventories of electronic merchandise and specialized medical products.

17 Green Features in Our Latest LEED-Certified Project

There’s a reason why building a green home goes above and beyond the standard building codes. Every detail of the environmentally-friendly construction is analyzed and catered to—from building materials to site location.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, there are (at least) 17 features that make up a green home.

As we worked on 4045 Bonita Avenue—our first Steel Structure LEED-certified home built from scratch here in the Grove—we made sure to incorporate every single green feature.… Continue reading

What Makes a Building Green or Environmentally Friendly?

There are many benefits to building green. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED-certified buildings have 34 percent lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 percent less energy and 11 percent less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.” There’s also the added bonus that most green buildings live in harmony with their surroundings, are close to urban settings and parks, and can save their owners money over time. But what goes into making… Continue reading



The importance of LEED certification and preserving the Grove “Unfortunately, there are many builders out there who are trying to pass final inspection by minimally meeting the local building codes. They have no interest in building a green structure to reduce waste or increase the efficiency of the home. Building practices that comply with LEED standards, however, go above and beyond the current city and county building codes—and… Continue reading

How Grove Properties is Going Green and Preserving the Coconut Grove We Love

Before it was annexed by Miami in 1925, Coconut Grove was its own independent city and a metaphorical oasis for a wave of immigrants who first homesteaded the land. Since then, our beloved Coconut Grove has seen many changes and evolutions as countless people have called this area home.

Today, however, the Coconut Grove is facing some troubling challenges—particularly in terms of preservation. According to writer and filmmaker Luke Fronefield, the Grove is currently at risk of being destroyed by… Continue reading

Miami Beach Urban Studios and Breakthrough Miami win The 2016 Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank Competition

GP Cares would like to congratulate the Miami Beach Urban Studios and Breakthrough Miami on winning…

The 2016 Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank Competition!!

From left to right in the heat-of-the-moment paparazzi pic above, the check recipients were:

  • Aaron Armbrister, our amazing FIU student in Biomedical Engineering, a Breakthrough alumnus and teacher, and outstanding presenter
  • John Sutart, presenting the outstanding Miami Beach Urban Studios and our 3D printing lab
  • Galia Pennekamp, Development and Community Relations, Breakthrough and… Continue reading

How Well Do You Know Your Builder?

By Marcelo

For many people, building a custom home is a major life goal. You work hard, save money, and search for a contractor to help you build the house of your dreams.

Unfortunately, there are some less-than-reputable builders and general contractors out there who might squash those dreams. I’ve heard horror stories from friends and clients about builders who took deposits and disappeared or contractors who produced shoddy work and brought the project to a screeching halt.

On the… Continue reading

LEED Certification Highlights from the Bonita Avenue Construction

From left to right- Tony Guasp Grove Properties Supervisor, Matthew Zirkelbach, Runbrook, Green Consulting, Jacob Brillhart, Brillhart Architecture, Marcleo Fernandes Owner Grove Properties

By Marcelo

The LEED certification process at 4045 Bonita Avenue is making major headway—and we’re eager to share the details. We have several new updates to report that will provide a glimpse into what will make this Oxford Home so eco-friendly and sustainable.

Here’s the current state of our green building:

Completed the design charrette

A design… Continue reading

How Our Founding Sponsorship with ARC+ Will Help Secure a Greener Future

By Marcelo Fernandes Grove Properties/Oxford Design Build is now a proud founding sponsor of the Architectural Research Collaborative or ARC+, a non-profit organization that harnesses the creative powers of architecture and the arts to drive innovative solutions in support of sustainable-city initiatives and eco-friendly urban planning solutions.

One of the best ways for students to learn any trade, craft, skill, or art is through hands-on learning, that’s why we are so excited about the ARC+ Buildgreen program. ARC+ and Florida… Continue reading

South Miami approves five-story office building

6201 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL – View this project in our Portfolio


Special to the Miami Herald

A five-story mixed-use office building is set for construction at 6201 Sunset Dr.

The South Miami city commission met at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17

The main item

Commissioner Gabriel Edmond was the only commissioner to dissent on the 4-1 vote to approve a special exception to construct a five-story development at 6201 Sunset Dr.

The site is 40,998… Continue reading

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Photo of 370 S. Hibiscus Drive, build by Oxford Universal. View our Design & Build Portfolio.

By Sean Reichert

First impressions can last forever. If the house you’re trying to sell isn’t up to par on first look, then it could cost you a potential buyer.

Whether you’re getting ready sell next week or might sell in the next few years, there are some things you can do now to prepare your home for sale. Make a lasting… Continue reading

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