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At PCBC : Gold Nuggets Honor 'Best in the West' Projects

June 05, 1988

SAN FRANCISCO — A Wilshire Boulevard commercial project and homes in Santa Ana, San Diego and Scottsdale, Ariz., won top honors in the 25th anniversary Gold Nugget Award ceremonies at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, symbolizing the "Best in the West" in design and land use planning for residential and commercial construction.

The winners were selected from 750 entries from 14 western states by a 12-member jury and, according to Allen Jaffe of San Diego, awards chairman, "will become the trends that sweep east to capture the imagination of architects, builders and buyers alike."

The detached home of the year honors were shared by the K S E Development Co., builder of the Cantera homes in Santa Ana, designed by McHale/Woods Associates, and The Fifth Green at the Boulders homes, Plan 2, in the Arizona city, built by Malouf Brothers Development Co., Inc., and designed by Berkus Group Architects.

Halcyon Del Mar, Plan 4, built in San Diego by Recreactions of California Inc., and designed by Naegle & Associates/Jamie Stark, project architect, won the attached home of the year award.

The 1-million-square-foot Wilshire Courtyard, built by J.H. Snyder Co. and California Federal Savings & Loan, was selected as the best commercial project of the year. McLarand, Vasquez & Partners Inc. was the architect for the five- and six-story, pedestrian-scaled design, a landmark in the newly revitalized Miracle Mile area.

The same team won another grand award, for best commercial/industrial or mixed-use site plan, for its Water Garden project in Santa Monica.

One of four special judges' grand awards was presented to the Private Art Gallery, in Santa Barbara, designed by Berkus Group Architects. Judges "recognized (it) as a perfect combination of texture and technology presented in a truly art form that becomes a sculpture on the landscape."

The Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa garnered a grand award for "most innovative commercial, industrial or institutional project or concept," designed by the architectural firm of CRSS Inc.

Grand award winners and their categories:

Best recreational facility, private, public or retail--Eastlake Beach Club, Chula Vista; Eastlake Development Co., Naegle Associates Inc., architect.

Best office/professional building under 50,000 square feet--24955 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; Ron Goldman, builder, and Goldman/Firth/Architects.

Best office/professional building, 50,000 to 100,000 square feet--Charleston Place, Mountain View, Calif.; Mozart Development Co., builder, and Gensler and Associates/Architects.

Best office/professional building over 100,000 square feet--Wilshire Courtyard.

Best commercial project-retail--Point Tiburon, Tiboron, Calif.; Innisfree Co., builder, and Fisher-Friedman Associates, architect.

Best rehabilitated commercial or industrial project--799 Market St., San Francisco; Bank of America Corporate Real Estate Division, builder, and Gensler and Associates/Architects.

Best hotel or hotel resort--Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, Calif.; Cannery Row Associates, builder, and DiNapoli/Berger Architects.

Best industrial project--Warland Business Park, Cypress; Warland Investment, builder, and Howard F. Thompson Associates, Inc., architect.

Most innovative commercial, industrial or institutional project or concept--Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa; Orange County Performing Arts Center, Inc., and CRSS, Inc., architect.

Best custom home--Villa Voelzel, Austin, Texas; Gus Voelzel/John Erickson, builders, and Shefelman, Nix & Voelzel Architects.

Best renovated or restored residential project or single house--Le Faubourg St. Denis, Los Angeles; Haseko/Tekno Development Partners, builder, and Daniel Bouillange, architect.

Best affordable housing development, attached or detached--Via Pacific Gardens, Aptos, Calif.; Santa Cruz Comm.Credit Union/Christian Church Homes of Northern California, builder, and Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker, architect.

Best apartment project, 1 or 2 stories--Foster's Landing, Foster City, Calif.; Summerhill Development Co., builder, and Sandy & Babcock, Inc., architect.

Best apartment project, 3 stories or more--St. Tropez, Austin, Texas; Playa Development/Capitol City Service Corp., builder, and Shefelman, Nix & Voelzel, architect.

Most innovative housing product, concept or floor plan--Wagstaffe Residence/Carriage House, Menlo Park, Calif.; R.J. Finato Construction Co., builder, and Design & Engineering Systems, architect.

Best residential site plan, under 25 acres--Masters Hill, Tucson, Ariz., Cienega, Ltd., builder, and The Planning Center, land planner.

Best residential site/land plan, 25 acres or more--Pacific Rim Country Club & Resort, Carlsbad; HPI Development Co., builder, and Austin Hansen Fehlman/Group, land planner.

Best commercial/industrial or mixed use site plan--Water Garden, Santa Monica; J.H. Snyder Co./California Federal Savings & Loan, builder, and McLarand, Vasquez & Partners Inc., architect.

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