Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 9, 2010
Urban revitalization, building efficiency, and regional architecture were prominent themes in the 30th annual Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards, presented by BUILDER magazine in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 14th. As the housing industry’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious architecture and design competition, the Builder’s Choice Awards recognize outstanding achievements and innovations crafted by America’s top residential builders and architects.
Each year a panel of notable judges is chosen to select the Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards winners, and this year was no exception. The independent jury comprised seven distinguished individuals, including Charles Moore, Moore Architects, Alexandria, Va.; Casey Roloff, Seabrook Land Co., Pacific Beach, Wash.; Caroline Hoyt, McStain Neighborhoods, Denver; Russell Versaci, Russell Versaci Architecture, Middleburg, Va.; Eric Zuziak, JZMK Partners, Irvine, Calif.; Beth Reader, Reader & Swartz Architects, Winchester, Va.; and Mike McDonald, McDonald Construction and Development, Oakland, Calif. In all, the judges bestowed 7 Special Focus awards, 7 Merit awards, 15 Grand awards, and one Project of the Year.
The 2010 Project of the Year distinction was awarded to Safari Drive Condominiums, a contemporary, urban infill, mixed-use project conceived as an alternative to suburban sprawl. Located in downtown Scottsdale, AZ, Safari Drive was designed and built by the team of architectural firm The Miller çHull Partnership, of Seattle; builder Okland Construction of Tempe, Ariz.; and developers Vanguard City Homes and The Wolff Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz. The award marks the second consecutive “Project of the Year” honor for The Miller çHull Partnership, which garnered top honors for its 1615 North Wolcott project in Chicago in 2009.
Other noteworthy winners in the 2010 competition presented ingenious solutions in affordable housing, sustainable land use, energy efficiency, small space design, multigenerational neighborhoods, and new construction technologies.
Judges evaluated entries based on overall excellence and innovation in architecture, design, and land planning. Other considered criteria included creative use of materials; interior design; floor plan efficiency; new technologies; resource conservation and efficiency; site sensitivity; budget; and contributions to environmental sustainability.
“The 2010 Builder’s Choice Awards were as much about perseverance in the face of great pressure as anything else. This year’s winners are a reflection of the times,” said BUILDER Editorial Director Boyce Thompson. “At a time when the housing industry is hurting, these projects showed innovation and pragmatism.”
Three industry leaders were also inducted into the BUILDER - Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence in recognition of their contributions to residential design. The
2010 Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Simonini Builders, Charlotte, N.C.
- Torti Gallas and Partners, Silver Spring, Md.
- William Hezmalhalch Architects, Santa Ana, Calif.
The 2010 Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame awards were sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors.
To learn more about the BUILDER – Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence and the Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards, check out Builder’s October 2010 issue or view the honorees and award winners online at http://www.builderonline.com/design/builders-choice.aspx.
For more information about the Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards competition, please contact Jenny Sullivan, 202-736-3483, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Marvin Windows and Doors
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