Gold Nugget Awards San Diego Honorees

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.

Economic Index On The Rise In San Diego

A report was released by the by the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate stating the job market in San Diego County is strengthening which was a leading reader for a rise in economic indicators for the thirteen month in a row. This indicator is a sign that San Diego County will keep growing moderately through the rest of the year.

The major three of the six components found in the index did head downward in May, which is believed to be due to a moderate fall in consumer confidence, explained USD economist Alan Gin, who was instrumental in the compilation of the report. However, he was excited by the job growth.

Alan Gin stated, “Employment has now been up month-to-month for three straight months.” In addition, went on to say, “Revised data for March show 6,600 jobs added to the local economy, the most in over two years, and the 1,600 jobs added in April marked the first time since 2006 where jobs increased in an April compared to March.”

The federal government hired temporary workers to aid in conducting the 2010 census, which could have been the top reason for the job growth, however, other industries added to these figures. These include employment services added 600, leisure and hospitality added 1,100 jobs, and the construction industry added 500. The construction industry saw more jobs available due to federal infrastructure projects as well as higher demand in home building.

Alan Gin predicted the growth for San Diego County using an index of economic indicators compiled by economist Adrian Felissig at California State University Fullerton for Southern California. The compiled data indicated a growth for the next three to six months in San Diego, as stated by Fleissig.

“Southern California is still lagging the United States in terms of economic growth, although San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles are definitely ahead of San Bernardino and Riverside,” Fleissig said.

The components used in the index were help wanted ads which were local job postings found on the internet, stock prices of companies in San Diego County, home building which rose for the fifth month in a row, unemployment claims were down if only from 11% in March to 10.4% in April, consumer confidence was down in April, an the national economy which did turn downward for the first time in about a year.

Even though consumer confidence was down in April, Gin stated, “It will probably take a significant improvement in the labor market, both in terms of job growth and the unemployment rate, before consumer confidence starts to rebound again.”