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Typically presented at the conclusion of PCBC, the Pacific Coast’s regional conference and trade show for real estate development, the Gold Nugget Awards have raised the bar for innovative architecture, planning, and construction concepts that solve fundamental building industry needs for over 50 years.

For the program’s 57th year, the Gold Nugget team pivoted their traditional, in-person approach to online to continue the legacy despite the setbacks of COVID-19. On July 24, host Tim Sullivan, senior managing principal at Meyers Research, announced the 2020 honorees during a virtual awards presentation, while winners submitted video acceptance speeches to comprise the two-hour event.

“We are beyond thrilled to continue the legacy of excellence. Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest, and most innovative architects, planners, and builder/developers,” says Lisa Parrish, judging chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator. “We applaud them all, and were thrilled to recognize them with a celebration of merit and grand award winners.”

Here’s a roundup of six affordable housing developments that garnered Gold Nugget grand awards.

Best Affordable Housing Community – under 30 du/acre: Celestina Garden and Fetters Apartments in Sonoma County, Calif.
Builder/Developer: MidPen Housing; Architects/Designers: MBH Architects in collaboration with Jon Worden Architects

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Best Affordable Housing Community – 30 to 60 du/acre: Edwina Benner Plaza in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Builder: Roberts-Obayashi Corp.; Developer: MidPen Housing; Architect/Designer: David Baker Architects

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Best Affordable Housing Community – 60 du/acre or more: Gardner House and Allen Family Center in Seattle
Builder: Walsh Construction; Developer: Mercy Housing Northwest; Architect/Designer: Runberg Architecture Group

Christophe Servieres

Best Affordable Senior Housing Community: The Beacon in Long Beach, Calif.
Builder: KPRS Construction Services; Developer: Century Affordable Development; Architect/Designer: The Architects Collective

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Best Supportive/Transitional Housing: The Lodges in Prescott, Ariz.
Builder: Dorn Homes; Architect/Designer: Felten Group

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Judges’ Special Award of Excellence: Serramonte Faculty & Staff Housing in Daly City, Calif.
Builder: J.H. Fitzmaurice; Developer: Jefferson Union High School District; Architect/Designer: SVA Architects

To see the full list of grand and merit winners, please visit www.pcbc.com and save the date for next year’s conference, scheduled for June 16-17, 2021, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.