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Gold Nugget Awards

Gold Nugget "Best in the West" Award – May 2007

Honoring creative achievements throughout the 14 Western states, in architectural design and land use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects, the Gold Nugget “Best in the West” Awards program is held annually at the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference.

Gold Nugget winners show excellence in addressing complex design/build issues and are judged on aesthetic merit, innovation and effectiveness in design/planning.

Best Low Rise Apartment Project – up to 3 Stories Grand Award: Woodbury Place

Judges’ Statement: A superb example of pocket density that feels great. Undulating rooflines and picturesque walkways give this intimate apartment enclave a village sensibility. Spanish Colonial details – deep-set windows, decorative vents, and cast stone entry surround – are executed with a light touch and are a propos to the area’s history and climate. Wrought-iron gates and balconies overlooking common area facilitate a gentle progression from public to private realms. The bonus? Two-car garages offer direct access to each unit.

Best On the Boards Site Plan Grand Award: Orchard Hills

Judges’ Statement: This plan respects the historical agricultural history of Irvine by saving the operating avocado groves, wind rows, natural hillside topography and riparian riverian drainage ways. The high school and elementary schools form a strong base for a family community that children can walk or ride a bike to school. The extensive open space trail system is complemented by recreational amenities that are surrounded by natural open spaces in each neighborhood. The use of neighborhood parks surrounded by roads was also recognized by the judges as a time tested design that builds great social interaction. Finally, the community commercial shopping center is connected via walking trails to neighborhoods.

Best Mid to High Rise Apartment Complex – over 4 Stories Award of Merit: The Village at Irvine Spectrum Center – Cambria Best On the Boards Site Plan Award of Merit: The Village and Park at Irvine Spectrum