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Awards & Honors

by chelsea van arnamPublished: July 01, 2011

KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning and some of this country’s top builders/developers have earned nine Awards of Merit in the 2011 Gold Nugget Awards design and planning competition. The awards honor the firm’s wide range of capabilities, excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues in attached, detached, sustainable communities, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments, and campus housing. The winning projects include: University of California, Irvine (UCI) East Campus Apartments Phase III; The Crossing at Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.; Gallery 421 in downtown Long Beach, Calif.; Paragon at Old Town in Monrovia, Calif.; La Floresta in Brea, Calif.; 12th & Burnside in Portland, Ore.; and The Shell House in Nassau, Bahamas.
In Orange County, UCI East Campus privately developed Apartments, Phase III, received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in two categories:  Campus Housing Project (Category 19) and Community Site Plan – up to 20 Acres (Category 23). The developer was American Campus Communities, Inc.; the general contractor was Benchmark Contractors. Phase III of UC Irvine’s East Campus Student Housing project added 1,763 beds to UCI’s on-campus housing, which allows the university to house nearly 43 percent of its students on campus. Phase III encompasses three separate sites: Puerto del Sol, a 565-bed graduate community; Camino del Sol, an 1,198-bed undergraduate complex, which brought the first townhome-style living to the campus (including The Lodge, a community clubhouse); plus a seven-level parking structure. Both student housing complexes and The Lodge earned a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Camino del Sol and The Lodge also earned the 2011 Student Housing Business Innovator Award for On-Campus Best Architecture/Design.
The Crossing at Anaheim earned a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the category of Green/Sustainable Community (Category 34). Located by the Anaheim Metrolink and Amtrak train stop and close to shopping, dining and entertainment venues, The Crossing at Anaheim came about by converting industrial land to 312 luxury rental apartments and live/work style townhomes. To mitigate the noise of the trains passing by, great care was taken to orient units to private courtyards within the buildings. These courtyard spaces serve as the social heart of the project, joining with the spacious club room, fitness center/spa, and leasing areas to create an exciting, hip and sophisticated environment. Featuring contemporary urban architecture, resort-style amenities, and an eco-friendly design and construction, The Crossing is LEED Gold certified and is a smoke-free residential community. SARES•REGIS Group is the developer and owner.
La Floresta in Brea, Calif. received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the category of On the Boards Site Plan (Category 27). La Floresta is a multi-generational, mixed-use community that offers new housing opportunities, jobs and amenities on a prominent urban infill site in north Orange County. Approved in June 2010 and currently under construction, the project involves repositioning a property that formerly housed the Unocal Oil Company’s research and development center for over 50 years. Project design incorporates strong walkability and “sense of place” features with a mix of smaller, connected neighborhoods, avoiding a mass production feel and celebrating a more organic maturation of town evolution. A village core represents the heart of the community, with gateway public art, restaurants, retail, offices and residences.
The oldest and largest program of its kind – now in its 48th year – the Gold Nugget Awards honor creative achievements in architectural design and land-use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Drawing more than 400 entries from the 14 Western states and internationally, the Gold Nugget Awards program is the premier event of the annual PCBC, the nation’s largest regional trade show and conference. Grand Award winners emerged from the Award of Merit circle, and all award winners were celebrated at the Gold Nugget Awards Luncheon last month the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. For more information, go to www.goldnuggetawards.com.
Established in 1991, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning provides comprehensive planning and award-winning architectural design services for residential communities, retail, hospitality, mixed-use and related specialty developments. KTGY delivers innovative solutions that reflect clear understanding of development, marketing and financial performance, and takes particular pride in its highly motivated and principal-led studios. Serving clients worldwide, KTGY maintains offices in Irvine, Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; and Tysons Corner, Va. See www.ktgy.com.

For submissions: Contact Chelsea Van Arnam at 949.757.1404, ext. 264, or at cvanarnam@churmmedia.com.