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Going For The Gold!

Going For The Gold! May 13, 2009 | By Al Doyle

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Come June 18th, the tension in the air in the San Francisco Convention Center will be palpable as the finalists and industry leaders await final word on who will take away this year’s Gold Nugget awards in various categories.The Gold Nugget Awards, established in 1963 and for a long time known as “Best in the West,” have gone international and are now considered by some to be the most prestigious award for architecture and building.In acknowledgement of the growing ties between the U.S. and its neighbors who also touch the Pacific Ocean, the competition now includes major Pacific Rim participants such as Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and Thailand.

The judging was completed at the end of last week with 375 entries reviewed by a blue ribbon panel.As always, Lisa Parrish of Peter Mayer Productions carefully watched over the proceedings!All finalists are presented with a Merit Award.

Winners in Fusionhappens�� backyard include:

Architect Ross Chapin and Conover Commons, a great example of sustainability, planning and a ‘less is more’ approach to living with their amazing right-sized homes.Conover Commons received Merit awards for Outstanding Neighborhood Site Plan up to 20 Acres, Outstanding Single Family Detached Home – Any size on a Compact Lot under 3,200 Sq. ft., and Sustainable Residential Neighborhood – Detached Home.

Weber Thompson’s Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue by Opus NW Development L.L.C.,
 a classy condominium using GREEN quite strongly in its marketing, received two Merit Awards.One for Outstanding Attached Project – High Rise For Sale and the second for Sustainable Residential Neighborhood – Attached Home.This 440 foot tower is aiming for LEED® Silver, and according to their website, has been selling at the rate of one home per week since January.

The full list of finalists is now on posted on the Gold Nugget Awards website, along with information on how to register for the awards luncheon, if you’re headed to SFO for the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.