Affirmed Housing and Suffolk Win San Diego Housing Federation’s Ruby Award for Affordable Housing Project, Stella and Bluewater

San Diego Housing Federation Awards Best New Construction Distinction to Stella and Bluewater, one of the city’s newest affordable and supportive housing projects

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful privately-owned builders and real estate enterprises in the country, is announcing they have received a 2020 Ruby Award for Project of the Year in the Best New Construction category. Suffolk is being honored alongside affordable housing developer, Affirmed Housing, for Stella and Bluewater, two new supportive housing communities located in the Grantville neighborhood of San Diego.

San Diego Housing Federation’s Ruby Awards recognize excellence in affordable housing and community development in San Diego. The construction of Stella and Bluewater was led by Suffolk to help address a state-wide affordable housing shortage by providing housing for 160 of San Diego’s most vulnerable individuals, families and veterans.

“Suffolk is honored to be recognized by the San Diego Housing Federation in partnership with Affirmed Housing for our most recent affordable housing project,” said Zach Hammond, General Manager, Suffolk San Diego. “We hope to continue to partner with developers like Affirmed Housing to give back to this city and strive to continue to provide quality projects that meaningfully serve the communities in which we live and work.”

Stella features a mix of 80 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals and those with special needs. Stella offers on-site services to residents through its partners, Interfaith Community Services and the VA. Bluewater consists of 80 units for low-income households earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. The units were assigned months in advance to people in need of supportive housing, and the developments were completed in August 2019.

“It is an honor to win this year’s Project of the Year Ruby Award for New Construction,” said James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing. “Our goal has always been to create communities that provide safe, high-quality multifamily housing. We are proud to deliver Stella and Bluewater to a neighborhood in need of supportive and affordable housing for its residents and are eager to continue serving the San Diego community.”

About Suffolk

Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, and builds. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment and innovation research/development.

Suffolk is a national company with $4.5 billion in annual revenue, 2,400 employees and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Suffolk serves clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #23 on the Engineering News Record list of “Top 400 Contractors.” For more information, visit and follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Affirmed Housing

Headquartered in San Diego, Affirmed Housing is dedicated to improving and sustaining the viability of California through the development of affordable housing. The company aims at enhancing communities and our environment by building dynamic, professionally managed, high-quality green multifamily housing. Areas of expertise include site selection, engineering, architecture, construction, relocation, and marketing. Affirmed also has extensive knowledge in public finance, low-income housing tax credit acquisition, and tax-exempt bond financing. For more information, visit



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