The Building Industry Association of San Diego celebrated the best in San Diego architecture, design and building during its eighth annual Icon Awards ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Westin San Diego hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter.With TV news anchor Dan Cohen of CBS News 8 as master of ceremonies, more than 500 top builders, trade professionals and associated members honored winners in architecture, design and execution in 32 categories.Finalists and winners were determined by judges who had been brought in from out of the area to ensure impartiality. Individual candidates were interviewed by the panel, and judges toured each project for a firsthand evaluation.Here are a few of the evening’s highlights, which include winners in best architectural design and best residential projects across San Diego County:
Meridian Development’s Evo, Trio and Metro communities at Millenia in Chula Vista was awarded “Attached Community of the Year” for its innovative design and use of housing styles, mixing flats, townhomes and rowhomes into a fresh, vibrant neighborhood delivered with modern urban flair. Evo, Trio and Metro by Meridian Communities was a clear winner in multiple categories Saturday.
In the “Detached Community of the Year” category, Pardee Homes’ Artesana neighborhood in Pacific Highlands Ranch received the judge’s nod for combining Lillian Rice-inspired architecture, timeless character and ingenious indoor/outdoor opportunities delivered in an updated modern approach. By dotting the homes with several courtyards rather than traditional front and back yards, the design team, headed by Carl Lagoni, vice chairman of Newport Beach, Calif.-based architecture firm Bassenian Lagoni, eliminated dead space and expanded each home’s indoor-outdoor reach from the very front of the property line to the rear. The floor plans allow full use of the site, a valuable feature for home shoppers.
The overall 2017 “Builder of the Year” honors went to H.G. Fenton, a San Diego-based company specializing in multifamily communities, like the recently completed Urbana Rental Flats at 10th & J Streets in the East Village, CRAFT by Brewery Igniter in North Park and the Solterra Eco-Luxury Apartments, 100 percent solar-powered electricity for residents and the apartment community in Scripps Ranch.
The “Best Affordable Project of the Year” went to Bridge Housing’s Celadon neighborhood, a high-rise affordable rental development in downtown San Diego. The project consists of 250 units for individuals and small families, with 88 of these apartments targeted as supportive housing. Included in the 88 are 25 apartments for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) and other special-needs residents, while 63 apartments serve frail seniors. Residents of the building have access to three major common areas, all of which are integrated with the outdoors to take advantage of the San Diego climate.
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