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, eco-friendly urban planning solutions, and a greener future. 


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 International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) have embarked on a collaborative effort to create enhanced educational programs and opportunities for architecture students and the South Florida community

We will be hosting multiple site visits for FIU students at one of our current LEED projects – 4045 Bonita Ave, in Coconut Grove throughout the semester, giving them real world experience working with sustainable projects.

To make sure we’re continuing to leave this planet better than we found it, it’s vital to educate students along with homeowners, builders, and the community about sustainability—and this is where the Architectural Research Collaborative or ARC+ comes in.

Personally, I am a huge proponent of trying to implement sustainability in every aspect of our lives. Our current daily practices are killing Mother Earth with a slow and gradual death. The only thing we can do as individuals is to think globally and act locally. ARC+ is one of these great local efforts that will hopefully make a much bigger impact in the future.

As a builder and developer, I have the ability to make a small dent in this effort with the products I produce. I have committed to making ALL my new projects LEED certified. But even as a builder with over 30 years of experience, it is still extremely difficult, and more expensive, to build green. There are very few architects, vendors and manufacturers that are committed to being green since it requires much more effort and time investment to make it happen.

ARC+’s purpose is to bring awareness to the next generation of architects and design professionals, so we can find solutions to these current problems. Exposing architecture students to these real world conditions will hopefully empower them to commit to building better sustainable projects in the future.

A little education can go a long way to inspire change for the future. Please join us in our support of ARC+. Visit to learn more.


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