The San Diego Union-Tribune
By: Colin McBride
Spirits were high last night, when a capacity crowd of local building industry professionals gathered at the posh Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel to celebrate its best and brightest of San Diego County as well as the recent positive indicators of the real estate market.
For the three years, San Diego’s Building Industry Association (BIA) has hosted its annual Icon Awards ceremony, which is akin to Hollywood’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Twelve-time Emmy winner Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien emceed the gala, while BIA members announced this year’s winners.
“This year’s Icon awards showcased the depth, quality and professionalism of our industry’s collective strength,” said Guy Asaro, chairman of BIA’s Executive Leadership Team and president of McMillin Homes. “And, although our industry and the BIA is smaller in size, I believe it demonstrates that it is more cohesive than ever before.”
Last night’s attendees were further buoyed by this year’s number of 78 eligible project entries, which increased more than 15 percent over last year— an indication that the local building scene is healthier and more productive than in recent years.
2012 Icon Winner List:
Best Architectural Design — Multi-family Residences For Sale or Rent
Circa 37 at Civita, MVE & Partners, Sudberry Properties, Inc.
Best Architectural Design — Single Family Homes
Seaside Highlands, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Warmington Residential
Best Architectural Design — Custom Homes
Shayan House, Nakhshab Development & Design
Best Architectural Design — Specialty Projects or Spaces
Marion V. Ashley Community Center, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning
Best Interior Design — Multi-family Residences For Sale or Rent
SkyLoft-Origen Plan lx, Design Line Interiors, Shea Homes
Best Interior Design — Single-family Homes
Arista-Plan I, Design Line Interiors, Davidson Communities
Best Interior Design — Custom Homes
102 Lantana View, Blackbird Interiors, Inc.
Best Landscape Design — Multi-family Residences For Sale or Rent
Circa 37 at Civita, Lifescapes International, Sudberry Properties, Inc.
Best Landscape Design — Single Family Homes
Bella Vista, SJA, Inc. Landscape Architecture and Planning, Ryland Homes
Best Sales/Leasing Office
Origen Sales Center, Design Line Interiors, Shea Homes
Re-branding Dahlin Group Architecture Planning
Best Sales/Leasing and/or Marketing Manager of the Year
Monica Cuevas – Garden Communities
Best Professional Consultant
Tim Gabrielson – Rick Engineering Company
Best Builder Associate
Marc Kaplan – Michael Ehrenfeld Company
Best Off-Site Contractor
Summit Erosion Control Inc.
Best Rough Trades Contractor
Performance Drywall & Insulation
Best Finish Trades Contractor
K.H. Minton Painting, Inc.
Best Construction Sales Representatives
Steve Grimes – SMG Business Strategies
BIA Trade Contractor of the Year
Performance Drywall & Insulation
Best Project Manager
Tyler Sandstrom – New Pointe Communities, Inc.
Kurt Woelfel – Shea Homes
Best Customer Service Representative
Erica Gist – Shea Homes
Best Builder Office Team
Best Custom Homebuilder/Remodeler
Wardell Builders, Inc.
Best Sales Professional or Team of the Year
Chris Brown & Micah Ross – Shea Homes
Rookie of the Year
Carlos Blanco – Vascan Tile Inc.
BIA Industry Professional of the Year
Alex Plishner – Shea Homes
Best Community — Attached
Origen, Shea Homes
Best Community — Detached
Arista at the Crosby, Davidson Communities
Builder of the Year
The Corky McMillin Companies