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Showcase: At Prima Luce, Hurricane Safety Comes First

From the News-Press’ Showcase on September 22, 2017:

“After experiencing the severity of Hurricane Irma, one of the worst storms in Florida’s history, hurricane safety is fresh on the minds of the millions who have been affected. Most of the time, living in Florida means living in paradise, but an event like this serves as a reminder that natural disasters can still strike and cause devastation, and preparation is key.

Thankfully, the waterfront high-rise buildings in downtown Fort Myers developed in the 2000s by Robert MacFarlane fared exceptionally well for the duration of the storm. Beau Rivage, St. Tropez and Riviera proved to withstand all that Hurricane Irma brought to Southwest Florida. Residents were also equipped with alternate power sources, so no power was lost.

As Mr. MacFarlane continues to drive the revitalization of downtown Fort Myers, his newest and fifth area high-rise condominium community, Prima Luce on the Waterfront, will be no exception. Set to break ground at the end of 2017, Prima Luce’s two, 22-story towers will be category-5 sustainable, fully equipped with high-velocity, impact-resistant windows built to withstand 160 mph wind speeds as required by FEMA.

Flood-resistant barriers have been designed to oppose the forces of rising water on the first floor, which houses Prima Luce’s many amenity spaces. Residences begin on the second floor, approximately 15 feet up from the ground. A generator will power each tower and is located in the flood-resistant area on site in order to supply electrical service when needed. Furthermore, walls, columns, foundations, and exterior door openings will be designed to withstand the most extreme weather. Both towers and the parking garage have been tested by an independent engineering consultant utilizing models and wind tunnel simulations to ensure Prima Luce residents remain safe, secure and comfortable even in the worst conditions.

Media representatives from Wink News, NBC2 and WeatherNation were able to take cover in one of Mr. MacFarlane’s other properties during Irma, and vehicles from the nearby Fort Myers Yacht Basin and Fort Myers Housing Authority also found solace in the underground garage. The windows are able to withstand large missiles and winds up to 160 mph, and until Hurricane Irma’s winds hit 80 mph, it was whisper quiet in MacFarlane’s existing structures.

At Prima Luce, safety will always come first, but so will your quality of life. You’ll have the pleasure of enjoying luxurious resort-style amenities, such as breathtaking waterfront views from every residence. Plan entertainment with your virtual concierge. Keep fit in the state-of-the-art waterfront fitness center, bike downtown, or jog along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River on the Riverwalk. Pick up a book in the library or meet with colleagues in the conference room. Barbecue for new friends or host the “go-to” party of the season in the expansive waterfront social room with a fully equipped, community kitchen. Step into your zero-entry, heated pool and spa that includes swim-in-place jets, lap pool, aerobic area, and bar. This time of your life is the best! Don’t forget about your furry friends—Prima Luce is also pet friendly.

With nine different floorplans, ranging from a studio to penthouses, there is a design for every lifestyle! Open floor plans feature exterior walls of glass, with private balconies, high ceilings, granite countertops, beautiful floorings and cabinets, walk-in closets, a washer and dryer, and top-brand, energy-efficient appliances.

Designed by the renowned Titsch & Ko Architects with interiors by Dwayne Bergmann Interiors, one of Southwest Florida’s most celebrated design firms, Prima Luce impresses from the moment you enter the covered drive and park in the six-level parking garage. National general contractor Suffolk Construction will bring the vision to life beginning at the end of this year.

Pricing ranges from the low $200s-$1 million+, the lowest in the area for new construction with gorgeous water views. In addition, Prima Luce’s monthly fees are the lowest of the waterfront high rises in downtown. Call the Sales Center today to reserve your sunrise or sunset views and learn more about our pre-construction incentives, going on now for a limited time. Financing options are available.

Schedule an appointment or stop by the Prima Luce Sales Center located on the project site at 2631 First Street in the historic River District of Fort Myers. Hours are from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. on Sundays. Call (239) 214-7535 to make your reservation today, or visit www.PrimaLuceLife.com for more information.”

 

“Fort Myers Condo to Sustain 160 mph Wind Speeds”

 

“Prima Luce, LLC is planning and constructing a two-tower, 22-story waterfront condominium community, slated to break ground in the fourth quarter of this year, for future hurricanes that may impact the Downtown Fort Myers Historic River District.

The building structure has been designed to sustain 160 mph wind speeds, along with the site’s land exposure to surrounding open space and adjacent buildings, via a certified engineering firm’s wind tunnel simulation experiment. It exceeds the Miami-Dade hurricane code, which is the strictest code in existence. The experiment includes creating a physical, geometrical model of the site and buildings to scale, in addition to nearby properties within a one-mile distance of the development.

Through a series of tests that produce the natural wind environment in an enclosed space, the engineers can determine the wind forces that are applied to every surface of the building and design each surface accordingly. In turn, impact-resistant windows will be installed to resist missile objects of any size, as well as resist maximum glass deflection potentially caused by the wind’s velocity.

“Just as we have always done with the nearby Beau Rivage, St. Tropez and Riviera, all of which held up beautifully and never lost electricity during Hurricane Irma, Prima Luce will be equipped with alternate power sources, as well as flood resistant barriers,” said Robert A. MacFarlane, founding partner and principal of MacFarlane Grand Properties, Inc., Prima Luce’s exclusive brokerage firm.”

 

Read the rest of the article published on The Business Observer here! 

 

Meet Your Designer!

Meet Your Designer!

More good news for Prima Luce residents! We’ve officially announced that award-winning Dwayne Bergmann Interiors will be designing the interior features of your future dream home, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him aboard! 

Principal and Conceptual Artist/Designer Dwayne Bergmann is a Gulfshore Business 40-Under-40 recipient who previously completed the common area of Beau Rivage; all aspects of Campo Felice Retirement Living; waterfront condominiums in the Historic River District of Downtown Fort Myers; as well as the Southwest Florida Community Foundation headquarters in Fort Myers; Langford Apartments in Downtown Fort Myers; and Live.Work.Play loft apartments in Cape Coral. His company was most recently named the “Best Interior Design Firm” by Gulfshore Business. 

Prima Luce’s ground floor amenity spaces will feature a transitional design, which is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes and fabrics,” said Bergmann. “Residents and visitors can expect a rich mix of wood, leather and contemporary fabrics highlighted by decadent chandeliers and wall sconces.”  

Within the residences themselves, residents of Prima Luce can create a personalized environment with five color palette options and four style genres — modern, contemporary, transitional and traditional —centered around flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixtures, hardware and shower layout. Residents may also choose from an extensive list of upgrade options or utilize the Bergmann Design Team to completely customize the unit.” 

To view a portfolio of previous work, visit https://www.dwaynebergmann.com/portfolio/.