The San Diego Union-Tribune – Icons named, extolled at last night’s splendid BIA award ceremony

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

Best Marketing/Advertising

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.

Best Superintendent

Kurt Woelfel – Shea Homes

Best Customer Service Representative

Erica Gist – Shea Homes

Best Builder Office Team

Shea Homes

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