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'We want residents to
feel like it's the best
apartment they ever
Camden takes pride in delivering
on its promises with an emphasis
on quality and schedule.
a subcontractor to fail because we want everyone to be successful.
The mutual respect between the subcontractors and my team is the
secret to our success."
One of the company's latest projects is Camden Washingtonian,
a five-story, 365-unit apartment building that wraps around a
580-space pre-cast parking garage.
The Washingtonian will feature several amenities including six
themed courtyards, an outdoor kitchen, heated swimming pool and
a dog park. It will also have a "Paw Spa" or pet wash, fully equipped
with bathtubs and dryers.
Camden started construction last August, and will deliver initial
units in early April 2018 and anticipates completion of the project
that fall in November. "Our endeavor is to provide quality construction and enhanced amenities on all of our projects to provide
residents with living excellence," Canter says.
The company believes in "pushing the envelope" on green initiatives, which is why it uses cutting-edge technology to build cleaner,
healthier and more energy efficient buildings. "We build for quality
and use advanced technology," Canter says. "For this project we're
using sound deadening floor topping over sound isolation mats
with a new muffling technology to help enhance the quietness of
the floors. Additionally, we've increased that by implementing full
depth insulation in our 18-inch floor cavities to enhance the sound
attenuation between floors."
Camden is also using Genie Clips, which isolate sounds in walls
and ceilings. The technology is only a few years old and Camden
is one of the few companies using it, Canter notes. "Not all of our
competitors use it because of its price," he says. "Camden's focus is to
provide the best environment and building for our residents that we
can, and we spend the money to do it if it adds value.
"Since we're aiming for LEED, we decided the Washingtonian
would benefit as an all-gas project," he adds. "So we have gas hot water heaters and gas furnaces, as well as gas ranges. These will add to
the level of energy efficiency and comfort we want residents to have."
The Washingtonian's location is what makes the project unique. "It's
wonderful," Canter says. "It's located near Rio Mall, also known as
Washingtonian Center, and it's in walking distance to many popular
stores and restaurants. It's also near Lifetime Athletics, which is a
trendy, new state-of-the-art fitness center."
When the project is finished, Camden expects to deliver a state-ofthe-art building and a great community. "We want residents to feel
like it's the best apartment they ever lived in," Canter says. "We want
to emphasize quality, comfort and amazing service to ensure every
resident loves the Washingtonian.
"We ensure that by having the most talented developers,
management teams and facilities people in the country," he concludes. "My job is to build a product that hopefully sells itself and
requires little maintenance. After that, it is the fantastic Camden
culture instilled by every Camden employee that keeps our residents staying here."
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