RPM received from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection the 2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Innovative Technology for the Grand Central development in Orange. The project is the first multi-family Climate Choice building in the state and is a pioneering effort designed to approach net zero energy use. Grand Central provides 70 units of affordable housing that utilize several energy efficient technologies, such as a solar photovoltaic system for power, a solar collector system for pre-heating water, exterior and roof insulation, and heat recovery ventilators. As a result, residents at Grand Central have the lowest energy usage of any RPM property. In addition, the landscaping at Grand Central emphasizes drought-resistant plantings and other design features that help decrease water use, along with low-flow fixtures in the units and common areas.
The local, state, and federal government along with leaders in the affordable housing sector have recognized RPM for developments that have achieved excellence in the areas of historic renovation, neighborhood redevelopment, innovative affordable housing creation, sustainable building, and property management.
Grand Central has transformed an underutilized downtown site into high-quality affordable housing for low and very low-income households and serves as an anchor for the revitalization of downtown Orange, NJ. Incorporating advanced energy-saving techniques and technologies, Grand Central is designed to be the affordable building with the lowest energy consumption for its size in the state of NJ under the Climate Choice program to encourage energy optimization.
NJ Future awarded RPM, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and the City of Newark the Smart Growth Award for 2012 for the category "Infill Strategies for Adaptive Re-Use", employed in the Roseville Commons, Studebaker Lofts, and Richardson Lofts projected developed by RPM.
The Berry Street Commons project - a 94 unit affordable housing development in Franklin Twp. Somerset County - has been confirmed as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certified buildings in New Jersey because of its energy-efficient design, which uses sustainable construction materials in accordance with the EPA Energy-Star Program requirements. This is the highest attainable LEED certification level that the U.S. Green Building Council offers.
In 2009, the E.P.A. recognized RPM's commitment to energy conservation by awarding RPM the "Leadership in Housing Award." To earn this designation, RPM built more than 250 ENERGY-STAR- certified units within the last year.
In 2008, RPM Development received the "ENERGY-STAR-Labeled Homes Outsanding Achievement Award" from the U.S. Department Environmental Protection for building over 50 ENERGY-STAR-Labeled Homes in the past year. This is the fourth such award that RPM has received for its role as a leader in Energy- Star building.
In 2007, Springfield Commons was recognized as a "Clean Energy Leader" by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Nearly 300 solar panels on the roof of 19 buildings generate electricity for the 72-unit project.
In 2002, the Department of Environmental Protection awarded RPM Development the "Environmental Quality Award" for its significant contribution to improving environmental quality in New Jersey. RPM was commended for developing projects that consumed 45% less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating than a typical new construction project.
RPM Development was awarded the "Excellence in Energy Performance Production Builders Award" by the NJ Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program.
RPM was awarded the "Five Star Energy Efficiency Program Award" for The Berkeley, a 51-unit affordable housing apartment building in Orange, NJ. Completed in 1998, The Berkeley was the first building in New Jersey to receive the PSE&G Five Star Energy Efficiency Program Award.
Bostwick Court - a 69-unit rental complex in Jersey City - received the "Five Star Energy Efficiency Program Award" from PSE&G. The award is given to developers who meet a variety of energy efficiency goals that cumulatively reduce the energy usage of the structures by 30%.
Governor’s Award for Excellence in Housing
The State of New Jersey's Housing Mortgage Finance Agency awarded its "Governor's Excellence in Housing" distinction to RPM, Franklin Twp., and the Franklin Twp. Redevelopment Agency for a collaboration that resulted in Franklin Boulevard Commons, a 66 unit development located in the Somerset section of Franklin Twp., Somerset County. The award distinguished the project as "Leading Mixed Use Development". The development features 66 units of rental housing affordable to low and moderate income families and 21,000 square feet of commercial space along Franklin Blvd., one of the main corridors of the Churchill Millstone Redevelopment Area. RPM was selected as redeveloper of the area in 2006, and Franklin Blvd. Commons is the second of three projects that seek to revitalize this section of the township.
At the 2011 Governor's Conference on Housing and Community Development, RPM's Market Fair project in Camden, NJ received the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in Housing for "Best of Housing Revitalization". This award recognizes projects that exemplify outstanding community revitalization.
At the 2010 Governor's Conference on Housing and Community Development, RPM's Berry Street Commons project in Franklin Twp., NJ received the 2010 Governor's Award for Excellence in Housing for "Best Superior Design". This award recognizes projects that exemplify outstanding design of affordable developments.
In 2007, Springfield Commons in Newark, NJ was awarded the "Excellence in Housing Award for Green/Sustainable Development." The 19-building, 72-unit project used NJHMFA's SUNLIT Program to finance the purchase and installation of solar panels for the affordable housing project. With an estimated $14,400 in energy cost savings, Springfield Commons provides an excellent example for future developers in affordable green building.
In 2006, the Department of Community Affairs and the NJHMFA awarded RPM Development the "Governor's Excellence in Housing Award" for the Belvidere Village housing project. The project is located in the Canal Banks Redevelopment area of Trenton and includes 18 new construction units along with the rehabilitation of 19 formerly dilapidated structures.
In 2003, Dr. King Plaza in East Orange, NJ received the Excellence in Housing Award for "Outstanding New Affordable Housing Development." The 96-unit building includes 26,000 square feet of commercial space and has played a key role in the revitalization of downtown East Orange.
In 2000, West Side Village at North 13th Street in Newark won the New Jersey Excellence in Housing Award for "Outstanding Sustainable Housing Development." The project - combining industrial re-use and new construction- created an affordable rental community using environmentally-friendly materials and state-of-the-art sustainable building techniques.
In May 2010, the Market Fair project on Market Street in Camden, NJ was awarded the 20th annual "New Jersey Historic Preservation Award." The project rehabilitated the Security and Trust building, built in 1880, a National Register building vacant for over two decades that had fallen into serious disrepair.
New Jersey Future honored RPM Development with a Smart Growth Award for "Creative Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Preservation" in 2009. Three phases of residential redevelopment and a new community center have have instilled new life in Yorkship Square, the historic center of this renowned planned community built in 1919.
In November 2008, Fairview Village in Camden was awarded the "Outstanding Implementation Award" by the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association for its revival of this historic planned community, originally built as worker housing for a nearby shipbuilding company.
In 2008, Fairview Village received the award for "Outstanding Contributions and Excellence" from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the NJ Historic Preservation Office. Fairview Village was built in 1919 as housing for shipbuilders. Over 200 affordable units have been rehabilitated so far, including over 100 single family homes were renovated and sold to first time homebuyers. This task was accomplished while remaining faithful to the historic details that make Fairview architecturally unique.
In 2006, Trenton's City Landmarks Commission announced that RPM's Belvidere Village won their annual "Preservation Award." The 37 single family homes that comprise the project consist of a combination of renovated buildings and new construction.
In every year since 1999, RPM has been recognized by the NJ Housing Mortgage and Finance Agency for the high standard of management of a particular project.
The New Jersey Business & Industry Association recognizes contributions to the economic well-being of the state of New Jersey with its New Good Neighbor Award. In 2004, RPM Development received this award for the development of Dr. King Plaza in East Orange, New Jersey for the project's role in the revitalization of downtown East Orange.
In 2002, NJ Future awarded RPM's Bakery Village the "Smart Growth Award" for the transformation of the former Ward Bakery site a 125-unit affordable housing complex.
In 1997, Essex County awarded RPM the "Spirit of Community Development Award" for its transformation of an underutilized site in Orange, NJ into the Lincoln Avenue Apartments.
In 1997, HUD awarded RPM Development's Lincoln Avenue Apartments in Orange, NJ with the "John Gunther Blue Ribbon Practice Award." The 68-unit renovated complex was commended for being one of the most innovative examples of community development nationwide.