Realtor’s Association of the Palm Beaches Emerge in 2011

Posted On: January 31, 2011
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How does a nationally prominent association EMERGE out of the worst residential real estate periods in our country’s history?

The Mummaw and Associates CREATE Team is currently designing 2 of their locations in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach. How does a national association use Design Excellence to improve its member services?

Create a Social Environment – The Mummaw team integrated a new social interactive Co-Working Lounge to provide professional Realtors a convenient, “hip” coffee-house type environment in which to meet Clients, Collaborate with other Real Estate Professionals or research properties through the Realtor’s Association of the Palm Beaches hi-tech digital research systems. Similar to a Starbux, the Co-Working Lounge includes a coffee, beverage bar, casual tables, club chairs with lap-top arm rests and a “quiet rooms” for closing and meetings.

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Create an “Open Plan”, socially interactive, administration work environment. The Corporate Offices of the RAPB are located in Suffolk Construction’s LEED Certified building at One Harvard Circle in West Palm Beach.  Therefore, many LEED design strategies were deployed including maximizing “day-lighting”, Open plan configuration of staff work zones together with placing offices on the interior vs. exterior . This strategy provides maximum exposure to the positive natural day light.

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Diana Mummaw, Director of Design then selected all environmentally sensitive, low or no VOC composite finish materials in  a beautiful color palette of creams, blues and greens, together with natural organics of bamboo and silver.

Carol Van Gorp, Chief Executive Officer states  We want each of our members to think “I couldn’t do what I do without the help of my association”. Our goal is to be on the innovative edge for them. We have a very dynamic leadership team and Mummaw and Associates is perfectly translating our needs for interactive space into two beautiful locations. In order to stay relevant, we need an environment to “get the juices flowing” and we are going to have it! The members will have their own areas to co-work and find just the right property for their clients. We are all so excited and can’t wait to move in!”

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Both Offices expect to be completed by mid Spring and will be an immediate resource for the 7,500 members and its 18 plus staff. The Associations ranks 19th out of 1,500 nation wide. The total number of association members in the United States is just over 1.1 million. That is a lot of Realtors :)

This project was a true COLLABORATION by Carol Van Gorp, CEO, Ervin Hein, Director of Facilities, Frank Guilisano, Past-President & Chair of the Building Committee, Bill Richardson, current President and Bonnie Lazar, President-Elect.

Over its 25 year history – The Mummaw  Architectural & Interior Design –  team has Conceived and Designed real estate offices for current REALTOR ASSOCIATION members – Coldwell Banker, The Keyes Company , Lang Realty, Gimelstob, Arvida,, Balistreri Realty and Prudential Realty.

As we all EMERGE from the this very challenging period, how will you integrate Design Excellence into your sales offices, administrative efficiencies and marketing brands?