Date: 06.11.2007
Publication: Multi Housing News

San Francisco — The Gold Nugget Awards were recently presented to winners at a gala in San Francisco, attended by more than 800 real estate industry professionals. Celebrating its 44th year, the awards ceremony is the premier event of PCBC, an annual industry trade show and conference. The awards honor design and planning excellence for projects from 14 Western states as well as international locations.

This year’s honorees excelled in industry categories such as sustainable design, mixed-use, seniors housing, affordable housing, specialty design, site and land planning, and custom design.The Gold Nugget Awards judges selected the 2007 winners from 577 entries. The judging panel during the three-day evaluation period included eight industry professionals representing a range of design, planning and development disciplines.

Judges were: Eric Brown, principal with Artisan Homes of Phoenix; John Coons, principal with Sasaki Associates of San Francisco; Gordon Craig, president of homebuilding for Classic Pacific Homes of Costa Mesa, Calif.; Mark Janda, vice president of development for The Irvine Co.; Mark Scheurer, principal with Scheurer Architects of Newport Beach, Calif.; Deanna Sihon, principal/director of research and consulting with New Home Trends of Mill Creek, Calif.; Jenny Sullivan, senior editor with BUILDER magazine of Washington, D.C.; and Peter Templeton, principal with Templeton Planning of Newport Beach.

The winners included:

Best Adaptive Re-Use Project – Metro 417 in Los Angeles
Builder: Swinerton Builders
Developer: Forest City Residential West Residential
Architect: TCA
Executive Architect: AC Martin Partners

Best Mixed-Use Project – Mission Creek Community in San Francisco, Calif.
Builder: Cahill Contractors
Developer: Mercy Housing California
Architect: Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker

The Union in San Diego
Builder/Architect: Jonathan Segal Architect FAIA

Best Affordable Project (under 30 acres) – College Vista in San Mateo, Calif.
Builder: Devcon Construction Inc.
Developer: Thompson Dorfman Partners
Architect/Planner: KTGY Group Inc.

Best Affordable Project (30 acres or more) – Breland Senior Homes in Berkeley, Calif.
Builder: Oliver & Co. Inc.
Developer: Resources for Community Development
Architect: Anne Phillips Architecture

Best Live/Work Project – Santiago Street Lofts in Santa Ana, Calif.
Builder/Developer: Lennar Communities/Urban + West + Strategies
Architect/Planner: William Hezmalhalch Architects Inc.

Best Low-Rise Apartment Project (up to three sto-ries) – Shade at Desert Ridge in Phoenix
Builder: Hardison/Downey Construction
Developer: Geneva Holdings
Architect/Planner: TCAWoodbury

Place in Irvine, Calif.
Builder: Irvine Apartment Communities
Developer: The Irvine Co.
Architect/Planner: Robert Hidey Architects

Best Mid- to High-Rise Apartment Project (over four stories) – Island Square in Mercer Island, Wash.
Builder: Swinerton Buildings
Developer: SECO Development Inc.
Architect: MithunMission

Bay Student & Faculty Housing in San Francisco
Builder: Swinerton Builders
Developer: University of California in San Francisco
Executive Architect: SOM
Associate Architect: Fisher-Friedman Associates
Planner: PWP Landscape Architects

Best Seniors Housing Village at the Crossing in San Bruno, Calif.
Builder: Cahill Construction
Developer: KDF Communities LLC & Citizens Housing
Architect: Kwan Henmi Architecture

Best Neighborhood Site Plan (up to 20 acres) – Celadon at Riverpark in Oxnard, Calif.
Builder/Developer: Standard Pacific Homes
Architect/Planner: William Hezmalhalch Architects Inc.

Best Community Site Plan – Seabridge Marina in Oxnard, Calif.
Builder/Developer: D.R. Horton
Architect/Planner: McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners Inc.

Best Infill, Re-Development or Rehab Site Plan – High Point in Seattle
Developer: Seattle Housing Authority
Architect/Planner: MithunMaster

Planned Community of the Year – High Point in Seattle, Wash.
Developer: Seattle Housing Authority
Architect/Planner: MithunBest

Attached Housing Project (under 18 acres) – Sky Terrace in Denver, Colo.
Builder: Infinity Home Collection
Developer: Forest City Stapleton Inc.
Architect: Woodley Architectural Group Inc.

Best Attached Housing Project (18 acres or more) – Park Town Place in Campbell, Calif.
Builder/Developer: Regis Homes of Northern California
Architect/Planner: Seidel/HolzmanBest

Attached Housing Project (over four stories) – 200 Second Street in Oakland, Calif.
Builder: Nishkian Menninger
Developer: Metrovation
Architect: David Baker + Partners, Architects