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Aurora Awards ®



August 1, 2009 (Orlando, FL.) – The top building industry professionals throughout the Southeastern United States, received the coveted Aurora Awards during the 2009 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) held in Orlando, Florida.  The nationally recognized Aurora Awards are the “Grammys” of the home building industry and honor builders, planners, architects, developers and interior designers within a 12-state region stretching from Texas to Virginia, who have demonstrated building and design excellence.

This year’s winners were selected from among 80 categories by a panel of industry experts and were honored at the 30th Annual Aurora Awards Gala/Spectacular on Saturday evening, August 1 at the Rosen Center in Orlando.  The Aurora Awards program is sponsored by the Florida Home Builders Association, the Southeast Building Conference, and the National Association of Home Builders.

This year Tampa-based Windstar Homes earned three prestigious Aurora Awards, bringing their total to an impressive 18 major Design and Building awards received in just five years.  The awards were presented to Windstar Homes for Best Custom Home ($2 million – $3 million), for an 8,000 sf waterfront residence in South Tampa; Best Custom Home ($3 million plus), for an 18,000 sf waterfront estate on Snell Isle, located in downtown St. Petersburg; and an Aurora for Best Swimming Pool and Landscape Design for a Custom Home also located in St. Petersburg.

According to Bobby Gross, who along with David Lesser, owns Windstar Homes, “ These awards and recognition are so special to us because the Auroras symbolize tremendous achievement, honor and distinction among the building industry’s very best; this is the fifth year in a row that our company has been honored at the Auroras”.

Founded in 1996, Windstar Homes provides a wide range of services that include New Home Design; Landscaping & Hardscaping Design; Swimming Pool Design; Interior Design; complete Construction Services; as well as the full range of Interior Decorating Services.