1841 Columbia Apartments - PACE Award Winning Community

1841 Columbia Apartments was honored with a 2016 PACE award as one of the top apartment communities in its class in the metropolitan Washington area. PACE to the apartment industry is what an Oscar is to the movie industry. We competed against other communities charging similar rent and were evaluated based on criteria including resident services, property condition and community outreach among various other factors. It’s gratifying to know we have been honored by our industry for our commitment to resident service. Being named a Property Management Association PACE distinguished award winner will only make that commitment even stronger!

What Does it Take to Be a PACE Award Winning Apartment Community

The Property Management Association honored the region’s most outstanding apartment communities.  According to PMA Executive Vice President Thomas B. Cohn, “PACE recognizes exceptional apartments and identifies communities that are passionate about providing exceptional resident services and delivering unparalleled living experiences. PACE not only celebrates excellence in the management of apartment communities, it also fills a void. PACE is the only awards program in the national capital region that evaluates apartment communities on their operating efficiencies and ability to deliver world-class customer service. Unlike many apartment award programs in other parts of the nation, PACE is not a beauty contest or a program to honor as many communities as possible. Instead, PACE looks to recognize truly extraordinary properties that are the best of the best.”

The PACE Awards competition was open to all national capital area apartment communities. In 2016, more than 215 communities, serving as home to nearly 90,000 area residents, competed for PACE honors. Judges were experienced professionals with a combined 290 years of property management experience.

The Property Management Association established both categories and criteria for PACE Award winners to help assure apples-to-apples comparisons. Categories were based on average monthly rent of participants. In addition, the judges were given the latitude to present special Judge’s Choice awards that could focus on technology integration, environmental sustainability (green) and recognizing excellence in management and resident service.

PACE also established a weighted point evaluation system that factored in resident services, amenities, community and marketing outreach, resident retention programs, operating efficiencies and community appearance. A minimum score of 95 out of 100 was required to even be considered for an award.

At 1841 Columbia we strive daily to meet and exceed our community standards for our residents are honored and proud be awarded a 2016 PACE Winner!