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Byline: DOROTHY STOCKBRIDGE-PRATT firstname.lastname@example.org
From the bayfront Beau Ciel condominium to homes that save energy and the environment, Sarasota and Manatee County projects won 10 Aurora Awards Saturday night.
The home-building industry honored its own at the closing event of the 2004 Southeast Building Conference, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The awards honor builders, designers, architects and developers from Texas to Virginia.
Venice projects earned the only two Grand Aurora awards in the area. WCI Communities' Casa Verde model at Venetian Golf & River Club won for its green-building demonstration center.
The other Grand Aurora went to Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe, by Aston Care Inc.
U.S. Assets Group's curving Beau Ciel condominium on Sarasota's bayfront won for its design by Curts Gaines Hall Jones architects of Tampa. Lead architect Chuck Jones massed three cylinders in the 17-story building that gives each residence a "through view" to both the bay to the northwest and the city skyline and yacht basin to the southeast.
Pat Neal picked up his 34th Aurora Award, more than any area builder. He won for Neal Communities' St. Simons model at Woodland Park in Bradenton. The Bloodgood Sharp Buster design, with a Charleston feel, features columns, recessed …