Kevin Bryon & Michael Halflants discuss Vanguard Lofts

video production by: Joe Granato


Helping areas that show similar urban potential as large-scale city neighborhoods, can foster social and cultural growth. We want to share the excitement that comes from living in artistic and culturally diverse cities but in a way that is authentic to your area.


Urban Infill is a signal that an area is prime for a residential and live/work rebirth. It brings with it new opportunities for the community by utilizing vacant land or structures, creating new and unique architectural opportunities, and reenergizing neighborhoods. It reconnects the residents to their surroundings by stressing walkable environments with access to all the city has to offer.

Over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to experience a variety of urban neighborhoods. The cities of Santa Monica and Venice in Southern California as well as the Hayes Valley and the SOMA district in San Francisco are sources of inspiration. All have wonderful histories with rich social and cultural environments created by their unique urban characteristics.

We feel all of the qualities of those communities are resident in downtown Sarasota already or can be nurtured. Downtown is vibrant, young and successful. It has tropical amenities as well as a metropolitan energy. It feels like a Santa Monica or Venice, California in that the scale, the walkability, the social activity, the artistic community, the climate and the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico are all here. There just needs to be someone to set the tone for more modern design, which is in demand but currently lacking.

Sarasota’s downtown zone districts are based on the Smart Growth principles advocated by the Downtown Master Plan 2020. These principles promote the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, compact, vibrant, mixed-use communities composed of the same components as conventional development. These components however are assembled in a more integrated fashion, in the form of complete communities. These contain housing, work places, shops, entertainment, schools, parks, and civic facilities essential to the daily lives of the residents, all within easy walking distance of each other.

Vanguard Lofts will be the first infill housing development of its kind in Sarasota and will no doubt influence future development in the area. It will be the first contemporary project steps away from downtown in the up and coming Rosemary District where we see active city life mingling with small scale neighborhood charm; true to urban infill philosophy. Because Vanguard Lofts offers a modern urban living environment, provides opportunities for live/work professionals and is the beginning of modern design in the neighborhood, it will be a pioneer of Sarasota’s metropolitan landscape.


  • Kevin Bryon

    Kevin BryonTetra Terra Development

    Tetra Terra Development (TTD) is a young, design oriented Development Company with the mission to foster social and cultural growth through modern architectural design. It’s owner, Kevin Bryon, is an architect and developer, which gives him a holistic approach to each project. His vision is to share the diverse, cultural, and artistic experience of living in a metropolitan landscape. Having lived and worked in Los Angeles for ten years and San Francisco for five years, Bryon has been exposed to a variety of urban conditions that he feels are resident in downtown Sarasota.

  • Halflants + Pichette

    Halflants + PichetteArchitecture, Interior Design, Feasibility Studies, and Full Construction Services

    HALFLANTS + PICHETTE is a modern design-build practice located in Sarasota, Florida. With every project, the architects’ goal is to create thoughtful, site-specific designs that respond to the program by finding inspiration within the constraints of the project. Their approach to modern architecture is process-oriented, deliberately avoiding preconceived solutions. Principal Michael Halflants is a tenured professor at the University of South Florida where he teaches the modern housing class and graduate design studios.

  • DWY Landscape Architects

    DWY Landscape ArchitectsLandscape architecture, land management, site planning and consultation

    DWY Landscape Architects is a full-service design and planning firm with offices in Sarasota and Naples, Florida. Their philosophy is that landscape architecture is an integration of horticulture, art and architecture. Although each project is unique, DWY follows the same creative and collaborative process with each client. The focus is always on the development of space, clarity of design, continuity with the architecture and use of regional and sustainable materials.

  • Jensen and Group

    Jensen and GroupEngineering Consultants

    Jensen and Group Engineering Consultants is a civil engineering firm founded on the need for client service. JAG is based in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida’s west coast.

    Kurt W. Jensen, P.E. and Mark W. Mueller, CET, respectively have 36 and 31 years’ experience in the field of civil engineering which brings excellent insight to a project. JAG works closely with other professional firms in the area that provide professional support services including surveying, geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, landscape architecture, and jurisdictional determinations for the Water Management District.

  • Crowley Services Inc.

    Crowley Services Inc.Construction Solutions

    Crowley Services, Inc. is a full-service construction management firm based in Sarasota.  We offer pre-construction, project management and owner services for various commercial sector, multi-family and residential clients.

    Founder Dean Crowley is a 5th generation Sarasota native with a Bachelors of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida and also holds a State Certified General Contractor’s license.  He has enjoyed a successful 22 year career in construction management in Southwest Florida.

  • Frank Lambert

    Frank LambertPremier Sotheby’s International Realty

    A 40-year-career real estate veteran, Frank has been working in the industry since he studied Architectural Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. At the early age of 19, he formed his own construction company following his studies.

    Originally from Springfield, Ohio, he moved to Sarasota in 1980 and began his formal career in real estate as he continued to design and build over 200 homes in Florida, while also developing three bay front boutique developments in Sarasota. He owned and operated his own brokerage as well as worked with other national franchises.

    He moved to Colorado in 2007 and obtained his Brokers license. During his years there, he continued to market properties, construct new homes and developed a 40-acre development near Telluride, Colorado.

    Having missed the Sarasota lifestyle, he and his wife moved back to Sarasota in 2012 to live full-time. He is a member of the Sarasota Association of REALTORS®, the Florida Association of REALTORS®, the Montrose Association of REALTORS®, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

    When Frank is not honing his real estate skills, you can probably find him on his favorite golf course, or biking downtown for breakfast or lunch on the bayfront. He also loves to attend a concert at the Van Wezel or a theatre performance at the Asolo, or Florida Studio Theatre. His passion for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays is beyond belief. Fine dining, fishing, and going to the beach round out his lists of favorite hobbies and leisure time activities.

    With more than 700 associates and employees in 22 locations along Florida’s Gulf Coast and in the Carolinas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty ranks 37th among the 500 largest brokers in the U.S., according to the annual Real Trends 500 survey of the top U.S. residential sellers. In 2013, the company closed more than 3,670 transactions resulting in more than $2.8 billion in sales volume. In January, President and CEO Judy Green was ranked #133 among the 200 most powerful people in U.S. residential real estate for 2013 in the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200).

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