February 27, 2012 12:17 ET

Sean Ruppert, Principal of OPaL, LLC, Brings Home National Architecture Award

Bethesda Builder OPaL Grabs the Region's Only Single-Family Home Design Award Given at the Best in American Living Awards

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - The team of Lanham builder, OPaL and Seattle's GPS Designs have won one of the most coveted awards in the homebuilding industry -- the national Silver Award for design excellence for a Single Family Detached Home over 4001 square feet at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA). The BALA Awards are given each year by the National Association of Home Builders to honor the most creative and innovative builders -- those who redefine design excellence for the residential building industry.

Given on February 9, in Orlando, FL at the International Builders' Show, the Silver Award honored the designs at OPaL's Cabin John Crossing, an exclusive enclave of four homes in Cabin John, Maryland. OPaL was the only builder from the DC-Baltimore Metro area to win an award for single-family home architectural design at the show.

OPaL is an artisanal builder based in Lanham, MD. The builder's architect is Gregory Sparhawk from GPS Designs. "I scoured the country looking for an architect with a unique perspective to bring fresh designs to the DC area. I found Gregory Sparhawk in Seattle and have worked with him ever since," says Sean Ruppert, OPaL's Principal. He adds, "I've always felt the homes we create were unlike anything else in the region. This BALA award not only affirms that on a regional basis, but on a national one as well."

"During my partnership with Sean, we've won a number of prestigious awards, but this is our first national award," states Sparhawk. "To be singled out on such a large scale is a testament to the impeccable quality and attention to detail of OPaL's projects. I'm so proud to be a part of the Cabin John Crossing team."

The Clara Barton model at Cabin John Crossing won regional GALA awards for Home of the Year and Best Architecture last fall. One home in the award-winning Cabin John Crossing is still available.

About OPaL
Based in Cabin John, MD, OPaL is a local builder specializing in developing small, well-located, close-in communities. With over 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry and numerous awards, OPaL's extraordinary vision brings a whole new dimension to the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. The company builds only a handful of new townhomes and single-family homes each year, preferring quality, individuality and location over cookie-cutter appeal. All of the more than 120 homes built by OPaL since its inception are characterized by truly unique architecture, impeccable details and deep thought for the lifestyles of their owners. To learn more, visit

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Contact Sean Ruppert at 301-577-3887 for more information about this release.

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