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Barnes Design & Development Management

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Celebration

Celebration is a 4,900-acre traditional new American town located in Osceola County, FL.   Developed by The Celebration Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, Celebration includes over 8,000 houses and apartments, a state of the art health care campus (Celebration Health), a 109-acre office park with 1 million square feet of space, a teaching academy, public schools serving kindergarten through 12th grade, a golf course, and a downtown.  Internationally known and studied, Celebration is a success on multiple criteria and has become an important benchmark for community programming, design and development across the world.

Joseph Barnes was part of the original Celebration development team and founding Town Architect.  In this role he:

  • Managed research and positioning efforts for Celebration’s residential architectural character and product offerings.  
  • Managed the development and implementation of the Celebration Pattern Book.
  • Developed and implemented architectural training program for Celebration’s third party independent builders, design professionals and residents.
  • Developed and managed Celebration’s Residential Architectural Review Policies and Procedures.
  • Led the creation of the residential architectural character.
  • Participated in development of residential product offerings for Celebration which resulted in the design and construction of homes and overall community that met Disney’s design goals and target markets’ programmatic and budgetary criteria.
 

 

I'On

I’On, a traditional walking neighborhood located in Mt. Pleasant, SC and just over the Cooper River from Charleston, SC, draws from the same planning methodology that make coastal towns through the Southeast so endearing.  Encompassing 243 acres, I’On has over 760 residences and a vibrant mixed-use village center. To date, I’On has received numerous national and regional development and environmental awards, including the CNU Charter Award, and has become a model for traditional neighborhood design (TND) and development across the country.

Joseph Barnes served as Vice President and General Manager of The I’On Company soon after development activities commenced and transformed it from visionary start-up business into an organized and efficient real estate development and operating company that exceeded the design and financial expectations of the stakeholders. In this role, he:

  • Was responsible for day-to-day management of development, operations and sales and marketing issues.
  • Managed development of annual operating plans and long term build out strategies.
  • Managed owner and investor relations and reporting.
  • Managed neighborhood governance (property owners’ association).
  • Developed and managed design review policies and procedures.
  • Oversaw development, launch and operations of I'On Club, private swim, tennis and social club.
  • Served as key point person for municipal government relations.
 

 

East Beach

East Beach is a public/private initiative with the East Beach Company, City of Norfolk and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  Situated along the Chesapeake Bay, East Beach was developed on a formerly blighted and crime ridden section of the City and has become the premiere new neighborhood in the region and the flagship development of Norfolk’s strategic initiative to raise the prestige and property values of the City.  At build out, East Beach may contain over 700 residences and up to 300,000 square feet of commercial space on 415 lots.  Residential product types include traditional single-family houses, townhouses, cottages, live/work units and condominiums in mixed-use buildings. East Beach has become the Mid-Atlantic’s most widely heralded new urbanist community and has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally (CNU Charter Award) for various aspects of the community.

Joseph Barnes served as General Manager for the East Beach Company during initial conception and launch of East Beach and was responsible for all aspects related to the design, development, marketing, sales and operations of the neighborhood.  In this role, he:

  • Managed development of neighborhood programming and master plan.
  • Developed and managed approval of property entitlements and re-zoning initiatives.
  • Developed initial project financial proformas and on-going annual operating plans and budgets.
  • Managed development of East Beach Pattern Book.
  • Developed builders’ programs and oversaw initial recruitment and training of builders.
  • Managed neighborhood communications, public relations and advertising efforts.
  • Managed development of real estate sales operating policies and procedures.
  • Managed community relations efforts and served as liaison with local community and civic organizations.
  • Managed development of community governance documents.
  • Managed programming and design of neighborhood amenities.
  • Managed development of neighborhood technology efforts.
 

 

Homestead Preserve

Homestead Preserve is a distinctive, conservation-based resort community situated on 11,500 acres around the villages of Hot Springs and Warm Springs in Bath County, Virginia. The development is limited to 450 homes, each of which will be built in historic architectural languages native to the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia on home sites ranging from ½ to 13 acres in size. The community, located near the famous Homestead Resort, borders both the George Washington National Forest and the Warm Springs Mountain Preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy.

Joseph Barnes served as the project's Director of Design and was responsible for the refinement and implementation of the design vision for Homestead Preserve.  In this role, he:

  • Managed design submittal and review process for all homes built in community.
  • Developed and implemented education and training programs for builders, design professionals and residents.
  • Provided design and development management for community buildings at Homestead Preserve.
  • Managed development of new residential designs for Virginia Hot Springs Building Company.
 

 

Bundoran Farm

Bundoran Farm is an innovative preservation and agriculturally based development where over 90 percent of the 2,300 acres are protected landscape. At the heart of Bundoran Farm concept is a distinctive, economic and social model called "Preservation Development" which uses limited residential development to preserve the character and use of rural landscapes in perpetuity. It has been described as a "three-legged stool." Each leg of the stool - agriculture, environment stewardship and land development - represents a different activity and constituency that bears an equal amount of weight.

Joseph Barnes served as the Development Principal for Bundoran Farm and was responsible for development and implementation of all aspects of the project including capital and operating budgets, investor relations, sales and marketing, digital marketing program, design standards, builder and design professional guild and community governance.  In this role, he:

  • Developed initial project financial proformas and ongoing annual operating plans and budgets.
  • Managed development of the Bundoran Farm Pattern Book.
  • Oversaw development of the Bundoran Farm Green Book – neighborhood sustainability and green building guidelines.
  • Managed development of initial neighborhood branding, marketing strategy and website development.
  • Managed neighborhood communications, public relations and advertising efforts.
  • Managed community relations efforts and served as liaison with local community and civic organizations.
  • Managed development of neighborhood technology efforts.
  • Managed development and implementation of digital marketing and communications program.
  • Managed development and implementation of project sales launch strategy.
 

 

Nexton

Nexton is a 5,000-acre mixed-use master planned community strategically located in the path of growth at the intersection of I-26 and Highway 17A, near Charleston and Summerville, South Carolina.  Nexton is a comprehensive live, work, play environment that builds of the urban, landscape and architectural design traditions of the region and seamlessly integrates forward thinking technologies and design strategies.  Nexton was South Carolina’s first gigabit community in 2013 and was named the region’s Best Master Planned Community by the Charleston Homebuilders Association in 2015.

Joseph Barnes, as Director of Design for WestRock Land & Development (fka MWV Community Development & Land Management), was responsible for development and implementation of Nexton’s design strategy.  In this role, he:

  • Managed development of community master plan.
  • Managed development of the Nexton Residential Design Guidelines, the Nexton Commercial Design Guidelines and supporting design education documents and tools.
  • Created and implemented design review policies and procedures for residential, commercial and civic development initiatives.
  • Managed programming and design of common area landscape and environmental graphics initiatives.
  • Developed and implemented initial education and training programs for third-party builders and design professionals.
  • Provided design management and oversight for WestRock’s commercial and civic projects within Nexton.
  • Managed development of community brand differentiation and education tools.
 

 

Summers Corner

Summers Corner is a 6,000-acre mixed use master planned community west of Summerville, South Carolina and was WestRock’s first community development effort within the East Edisto region.  Inspired by the small-town lifestyle of nearby places such a Summerville and Mount Pleasant’s Old Village, Summers Corner features a mix of charming homes and a wide array of parks and gardens. Summers Corner has been featured in educational programs conducted by The National Town Builders Association and Urban Land Institute.  In 2016, The Charleston Homebuilders Association named Summers Corner the region’s Best Master Planned Community.

Joseph Barnes, as Director of Design for WestRock Land & Development (fka MWV Community Development & Land Management), was responsible for development and implementation of Summers Corner’s design strategy.  In this role, he:

  • Oversaw development of community master plan.
  • Managed development of the Summers Corners Residential Pattern Book and supporting design education documents and tools.
  • Created and implemented design review policies and procedures.
  • Provided design management and oversight for WestRock’s commercial and civic projects within Summers Corner.
  • Managed the development of new residential product offerings with third-party builders.
  • Managed development of community brand differentiation and education tools.
 

 

Magnolia

Magnolia is an approximately 200-acre site along the Ashley River in the “Neck” of the Charleston peninsula.  Just north of Historic Charleston, the Neck was once the industrial center of the city.  The site housed fertilizer and wood treatment plants until the 1970’s when the heavy industrial uses gave way to lighter uses such as container storage and trucking facilities.  A plan has been conceived to transform this brownfield site into a vibrant mixed-use community posed to take advantage of the region’s creative class of tech industries, designers and entrepreneurs.

Joseph Barnes served as the Design Director for Magnolia.  In this role, he:

  • Managed development of community master plan.
  • Managed creation of Planned Unit Development ordinance.
  • Researched and developed strategy for Magnolia’s architectural character.
  • Managed development and approval of Magnolia’s design standards.