Housing developments are reaching new heights, yet not exactly in the literal sense. Driven by creativity, ingenuity and a passion for nature, Optima, Inc. is pushing the limits of innovation in the architectural design industry with their one-of-a-kind environmental living spaces.
Founded by David Hovey Sr. and his wife Eileen Hovey in 1978, what began as a collegiate business model quickly morphed into a continually evolving company that has now constructed 45 developments across its Illinois and Arizona markets.
“We aim to bring a visionary and enduring approach to each one of our communities and design each development to be customized to its location,” says Hovey Jr., CEO of Optima Inc. “With our design-driven lens, we believe that beautiful and innovative spaces create a sophisticated living experience.”
During his time at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Hovey Sr. envisioned a modular housing system that connected the natural environment with a man-made environment. Under the guidance of his mentor and professor Arthur Takeuchi, the two perfected an architectural design that integrates sustainable living with biophilia.
Expanding into the Arizona market in 2000 created bountiful opportunities for the future of Optima, Inc. Explosive job growth, warm weather, population density and striking natural surroundings enticed David and Eileen Hovey to make their move into the Sonoran Desert, where their transformative buildings would thrive.
To most, the desert climate may seem like a bigger challenge, yet that’s precisely what Optima, Inc. is seeking. With a collaborative, communicative and visionary team, the company aims to take risks and encourage fresh, new ideas that advance modern living.
“As part of a common purpose, our team recognizes the power of sharing knowledge across our team and gives us all the satisfaction of achieving success together,” Hovey Jr. says.
Equipped with a reliable and resilient team of experienced individuals, Optima, Inc. is on an upward climb that seems unstoppable. Within the Arizona market alone, the company has erected property sites across Phoenix, Biltmore, Old Town Scottsdale, Kierland, North Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe, including the most recent luxury green-building design, 7180 Optima Kierland.
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