Press Release

Paul DeMaio Dania Beach Public Library

Architectural Firm is Lauded Among Designers of
Sustainable Civic Projects

January 3, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – When does an award reflect the true value of the recipient? The architectural firm of Synalovski Romanik Saye was among five recent finalists for the GalaVerde LEEDership Awards Program for the Paul DeMaio Dania Beach Public Library.

While the award confirms the intention and fulfillment of a vision of Dania Beach's leadership and the Broward County government, the true value of the project is what the Library means to the community and future development of the City of Dania Beach as it emerges as a landmark Broward town and tourist destination.

The GalaVerde awards are presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, an industrywide organization that promotes and recognizes environmentally sustainable design and building projects. The South Florida Chapter recently hosted its third annual GalaVerde awards banquet to recognize and honor outstanding projects and inspirational businesses dedicated to creating a more sustainable built environment in the South Florida community.

The Paul DeMaio Dania Beach Public Library was a collaborative effort between Broward County, the City of Dania, Synalovski Romanik Saye, and other professional associates. The Library's success resulted in earning the first LEED Gold designation for a facility funded by Broward County.

"As the initial structure in a proposed new master-planned City Center on this site, the Library is the architectural prototype on which future municipal and commercial facilities will be modeled," said Manuel Synalovski, founding principal of Synalovski Romanik Saye.

"The Library represents a great leap forward in the redevelopment of the city," Synalovski said. "Our design united cutting edge technology and twenty-first century sustainable environmental strategies in the Florida Vernacular Architecture style prevalent when Dania became Broward's first city in the early 1900s."

Working within a $3 million project budget, Synalovski's firm combined Dania's historic design features with state-of-the-art technology and construction methods. Pastel colors, porches, louvered awnings, multi-pitched rooflines, and sweeping overhangs respond to Florida's tropical climate, while the 10,000-square-foot Library's technological resources offer visitors a highly satisfying experience.

Synalovski added, "The Library is now the keystone of this downtown site, providing tremendous community connectivity and access to public transportation to serve local residents and visitors alike."

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Synalovski Romanik Saye comprises a multilingual professional staff, representing diverse cultures and backgrounds. Services include planning, architectural design, interior design, LEED administration, and construction management. For 25 years, Synalovski and his associates have played an integral role in shaping the architectural progress of South Florida for both the public and private sectors.