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San Diego Regional Projects Make Big Splash At PCBC Gold Nugget Awards

San Diego County projects garnered four grand and 17 merit Gold Nugget Awards, which were presented at the black-tie Gold Nugget Awards gala, the grand finale of the 54th annual PCBC builders show (formerly the Pacific Coast Builders Conference) at the San Diego Convention Center last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The 2017 Golden Nugget Awards competition had 630 entries in 48 categories.

Lofty Coffee Co. café

The Lofty Coffee Co. cafè project

Naylor Construction won a Grand Award for commercial rehabilitation of the Lofty Coffee Co. café at 444 West Cedar St. in Little Italy, which was developed by Eric Meyers and designed by Edinger Architects.

Juror comments: “This project was the transformation of an all but forgotten street corner, located in the center of the Little Italy district of San Diego into a lively coffee bar that provides a ‘heart beat’ and becomes one with the surrounding fabric of this urban neighborhood … open, inviting design, which worked well with the existing context of the adjacent buildings and neighborhood.”

You Are Here

You Are Here, a 22-unit mixed development with 5K SF of retail, took PCBC's Gold Nugget Award for Best Multifamily Housing Community. The project, which repositioned an iconic Texaco station, created a sense of place for residents.

FoundationForForm Architecture & Development took the Grand Award for Best Multifamily Housing Community for repositioning an old iconic Texaco station to You Are Here, a 22-unit residential mixed-use project with 5K SF of commercial space. Allgire General Contractors built the project at 811 25th St. in the Golden Hill neighborhood. It also received a merit award for Attached Housing Project of the Year.

Juror comments: “A successful exercise in placemaking, the design and development teams behind this project delighted the judges with their whimsical solution for updating and preserving an iconic Texaco station with plenty of years left, and making fantastic use of a tight infill site located on a transit corridor.”

Casavia Plan 3

This Pardee home in the Casavia collection at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley garnered PCBC's Gold Nugget for Best Single-Family Home.

Pardee Homes’ Casavia Plan 3, a model home at 6707 Solterra Vista Parkway in the Pacific Highlands Ranch community in Carmel Valley received a Grand Award for Best Single-Family Home.

Juror comments: “The main floor includes a ‘gensuite’ with a private entry and opens to the outdoor courtyard. The master suite and two additional bedrooms are located upstairs along with a master retreat and loft. It is easy to see why this home is attractive to today’s growing families.”

Noah Homes Memory Care

The Noah Homes Memory Care facility in Spring Valley won for Enriched Senior Community.

Murfey Co., Brookfield Residential and CalAtlantic Homes Developer garnered the Grand Award for Enriched Senior Community for building Noah Homes Memory Care facility at 12526 Campo Road in Spring Valley. This project was developed by Home Aid San Diego/Noah Homes and designed by Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, with planning by PSLA and interior design by RBN Design.

Juror comments: “This project won the award for both its exceptional service model for specialized memory care and its intentional warm design. The project’s overall thoughtfulness stood out for its ability to significantly improve the quality of life for its adult residents with developmental disabilities and age-related Alzheimer’s/dementia.”

Merit Award winners

A bird's-eye view of Protea Waterfront Development's $1.2B plan to redevelop Seaport Village.

Among the Merit Award winners:

  • Seaport San Diego (planned mixed-use projects),
  • One Paseo (planned mixed-use projects),
  • Discovery Academy (education),
  • Santaluz residence (custom home over 8K SF),
  • Cielo Carmel, (affordable housing over 30 units per acre),
  • Summerhouse (multifamily housing under 18 units per acre),
  • South Campus Plaza (campus housing),
  • Iowa Street Senior Housing (two awards: affordable senior housing and age-qualified living community),
  • Harmony Grove Village South (site plan),
  • Residence 2X at Sur33 (single-family-detached home 2K-2,499 SF),
  • Artesana Plan 1 (single-family-detached home 4K-5K SF; Plan 3 also won in the category for homes greater than 5K SF),
  • The Estates at San Elijo (single-family-detached home over 5K SF).