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 Award 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.
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, 565-bed graduate community; Camino del Sol, an 1,198-bed undergraduate complex, which brought the first townhome-style living to the campus, and a community clubhouse,"The Lodge;" plus a 7-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.
American Campus Communities is one of the nation's largest owners, developers and managers of high-quality student housing and has worked with KTGY and Benchmark to complete two other housing facilities on the campus: Vista del Campo, which opened in 2004; and Vista del Campo Norte, which opened in 2006. This brings the total number of KTGY-designed UCI student housing to 5,000 beds. These projects have garnered numerous accolades including Pillars of the Industry Award for Best Student Housing Apartment Community by the National Association of Home Builders and multiple Gold Nugget Awards including two Gold Nugget Grand Awards, presented at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC).
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 is a conversion of industrial land to 312-unit luxury rental apartments and live/work style townhomes. 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.
Gallery421 in downtown Long Beach, Calif. received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the category of Mixed-Use Project (Category 12). Gallery421 is a high density, mixed-use infill development adjacent to City Hall in downtown Long Beach, one of Southern California’s most unique waterfront urban destinations to live, work, and play. The project’s 291 rental units are within walking distance of retail, restaurants, entertainment venues, offices and transit. With a fine art gallery onsite, Gallery421 has been designed and built as an environmentally-friendly, smoke-free residential community promoting healthy living and sustainable practices. Lyon Communities is the developer and owner. This is Lyon Communities' third luxury community in downtown Long Beach.
Paragon at Old Town in Monrovia, Calif. earned a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in two categories: Multifamily Housing Project - 4 to 6 stories (Category 17) and Infill, Re-development or Rehab Site Plan – up to 5 Acres (Category 25). Paragon at Old Town is a 4-story mixed-use, urban apartment community that sits at the south end of the Monrovia’s historic Old Town district. The new development consists of 163 luxurious one-and two-bedroom apartment homes built over 6,000 square feet of commercial space situated on the ground floor. Developed by Urban Housing Group, LLC, Paragon at Old Town provides amenity-rich living within walking-distance to services, transportation, boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment. Western National Construction was the general contractor.
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 of a property that formerly housed the Unocal Oil Company’s research and development center for over 50 years. Upon build-out, La Floresta allows for up to 1,357 dwelling units, including 1,110 units on the 119-acre mixed-use site and 247 units on the 92-acre reconfigured golf course site. Chevron Land and Development is the landowner and manager of the property; the developer is La Floresta, LLC. Oakmont Senior Living is the builder for the first phase of La Floresta.
12th and Burnside in Portland, Ore. earned a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the category of On the Boards Multifamily Community (Category 20). Situated near downtown Portland on the site of a former 70-car surface parking lot, this 136-unit pedestrian-friendly senior community introduces stylish urban living with a mixed-use component. The new residential community is intended for minimum LEED Silver certification. Foursquare Foundation is the developer and owner.
The Shell House in Nassau, Bahamas received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the category of On the Boards Custom Home (Category 9). Situated on 3.3 acres, The Shell House is an ocean-front home featuring a 10,200 sq. ft. home and two guest/employee houses. What makes this house unique, outside of the stunning ocean views and outdoor living, is that the main axis of the house aligns with the setting sun on the day of the summer solstice. Residents can watch the sun gracefully dip into the sea, directly in line with linear pool extending from main living space.
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 (goldnuggetawards.com) is the premier event of the annual PCBC, the nation's largest regional trade show and conference. Grand Award winners will emerge from the Award of Merit circle, and all award winners will be celebrated at the Gold Nugget Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Established in 1991, KTGY Group, Inc. (ktgy.com), 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.