Ibis House, the last house to be built in Smathers Four Fillies Farm, is pursuing sustainability components in seeking LEED designation established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
The new home for the University of Miami president was completed in August 2012. Ibis House serves both as the president’s residence and as a place of gathering for the University community and visiting dignitaries. Smathers Four Fillies Farm was awarded the top regional award for sustainable development, the Urban Land Institute’s Woolbright Dream Reality Award in 2009.
Located in the Village of Pinecrest, the Smathers Four Fillies Farm community features 32 acres of lush native plant life and fruit groves. The new homes have been built on eleven acres in the center of the property, leaving the surrounding 21 acres as a natural preserve. The University has established a relationship with nearby Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to maintain the property and utilize it as a tropical research facility.
The 30 homes are a rare opportunity offered to University of Miami faculty to live in the midst of a tropical enclave.
The University has taken special care in the development of Smathers Four Fillies Farm to safeguard the botanical integrity of the estate. Homes are clustered in the central area covering approximately one-third of the grounds. The remaining acreage has been left intact and is currently maintained by Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Proceeds generated from the sales of the homes support academic programs at UM.