VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – January 21, 2020 – Lawson is proud to announce that Seaside Harbor Apartments has won the 2019 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award for Best Affordable Apartment Community (up to 100 units).  Seaside Harbor competed with a multitude of affordable properties throughout the country for this honor. The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members.

Located three blocks from the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach’s ViBe Creative District, Seaside Harbor provides best-in-class, energy-efficient, EarthCraft certified, workforce housing with a focus on residents with disabilities. Built in partnership with local non-profit Samaritan House as co-developer and co-general partner, Seaside Harbor replaced 39 apartments at the end of their useful life with 76 new modern apartment homes of which 15% are reserved for individuals with developmental disabilities capable of independent living and 25% meet fully, permanently accessible unit requirements as set forth by the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard (UFAS).  Lawson also partnered with Hope House to provide supportive services for the developmentally disabled residents.

Lawson Chairman Steve Lawson said “Seaside Harbor embodies Lawson’s focus on positively impacting the communities we serve. We’re very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish at Seaside, with some incredible partners – Samaritan House and Hope House, and we are humbled to be recognized with this award.”

Samaritan House Executive Director Robin Gauthier said “We at Samaritan House congratulate the team at Lawson on this amazing recognition. It is their longstanding commitment to the needs of the Hampton Roads community and those less fortunate that makes them and this unique project deserving of this award. “

Lawson President Carl Hardee added, “The programs and services Samaritan House and Hope House provide to our residents are highly valuable and contribute greatly to the sense of inclusiveness we all wanted to achieve at Seaside.  We are extremely appreciative to all our dedicated team members and business partners who helped bring Seaside from a concept to reality.”

About Lawson

At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. Since 1972, we’ve focused on positively impacting the communities we serve, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 5,500 apartment units and are continuing to grow by developing more apartment communities each year throughout Virginia. Our business model vertically integrates development, construction, property management and asset management, which enables our team of experts to add value at every stage for our partners. When you act with integrity, focus on quality and work to find creative solutions, great things are possible. It’s how we’ve done business at Lawson for over 45 years. For more information, visit