Awards were presented to honor the best design and planning by companies based in fourteen western states at the PCBC builder show once known as the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.
Those living in San Diego can be proud of their winners, which included:
Award – Best public/private recreational use facility
Given to the Community Center, Miramar Marine Corps Air Station that is a 6,500-square-foot facility on a half-acre site offering visitors the chance to enjoy a teen center, conference room, courtyard with fireplace and barbecue, pool, tot lot. The community center was completed in October 2009.
Architect and designers:
Given to Torti Gallas and Partners; Catalina Design Group. The developer and builder were Clark Realty Capital and Clark Builders Group. The building offers 23,425-square-foot space, which includes all the elements needed for sports and community gatherings. The building received a Silver LEED rating. The judge’s comments included the above explanation as well as “The use of recycled tin ceilings, iron work and wood columns reclaimed from the site, with the best in building systems optimized for long-term performance. With a greatly expanded depth of amenities and attention to environmental concerns, this well-rounded facility responds to the call of the 21st century, respecting the past and looking toward the future.”
Best affordable housing project under 30 dwelling units per acre:
Given to three buildings with 61 condominiums and 8 apartments along with 20,000 square feet of commercial space, which was completed in January 2010. The architects were M.W. Steel Group and Heritage Architecture & Planning while the developer and builder was CLB Partners and R.S. Lawrence Development. The judges commented that the “The five-story new residential mid-rise building reflects the character of the historic buildings surrounding the project. Two-story town homes front the street and feature individual front doors and stoops. Popular features are the hotel-style lobby and high-end finish package that comes standard. The project is bisected by a public paseo and courtyard that create outdoor living space, restaurant seating and a beautiful shaded pedestrian shortcut that integrates the project with the community.”
Another big winner of the PCBC builder show was KTGY walking away with 7 Gold Nugget Merit Awards. Even though KTGY is not from Southern California, the company is certainly worth mentioning. The planning competition honored the firm for many different accomplishments, which included excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues in attached, detached and sustainable communities as well as transit-oriented developments. The Solaris in South Jordan, Utah won quite a few awards including “Residential Detached Community of the Year,” for providing first-time homebuyers in Utah with the opportunity to afford a modern, contemporary-style, Solar- and Thermal-powered home.