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The following properties are local winners and nominees for The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards for 2012.

More than 60 volunteers completed several school improvement projects at Pepper Drive K-8 School in the Santee School District as part of Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 29. Balfour Beatty Construction partnered with the San Diego Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to host the inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, which was part of the U.S. Green Building Council Green Apple Day of Service movement happening on the same day at schools around the world.

San Diego is “America’s Finest City” attracting millions of tourists from around the world each year. Such tourism requires a continuous and dynamic expansion and renovation of the local hotel industry. Dynalectric helps to meet the demands of this changing marketplace and its global patrons.

When he was about to graduate high school, Mitch Phillippe looked at brochures for college degree programs and came across one on landscape architecture.

The goal of sustainable design is to limit the adverse effects of buildings on the environment by minimizing excessive energy use, reducing the depletion of natural resources and environmental pollution while also maintaining a comfortable and healthy building environment. Building green also optimizes the energy performance of the structure, which reduces the overall costs associated with long-term maintenance and operation.

As one of the premier general contracting firms on the West Coast, Rudolph and Sletten Inc. has built some of the most influential and iconic structures in California. Over the past 50-plus years, they have remained a pacesetter, through not only the quality and craftsmanship evident in their work, but through the dedication and expertise of their people. Rudolph and Sletten’s expert professionals manage each job comprehensively, from site selection and preconstruction services through project completion. With a focus on integrity, honesty and open communication, Rudolph and Sletten prides itself with maintaining authentic relationships with their clients and partners.

The benefits to solar energy are vast, whether you are doing it for the planet, your checkbook, or the next generation, there is absolutely no downside. For businesses, these benefits are intensified to make the decision a no-brainer. The California Solar Imitative (CSI) along with tax credits make solar for businesses not only affordable but extremely enticing.

Van Dyke Landscape Architects is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a firm this year, and has recently introduced a new corporate logo that symbolizes the natural elements involved in the firm’s design practice. Earth, stone, plants and water are reflected in the new logo, as is the VDLA acronym commonly used by the firm. VDLA is a certified small-business concern, specializing in landscape architecture, planning, irrigation and water management services, and graphic communication. The firm also serves as a technical adviser to a variety of public agencies and water districts, providing consulting design services, development of standards and guidelines, and consultant plan check services.

A project labor agreement involving the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has raised the ire of a local construction organization.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors held a second special board meeting Thursday to discuss the proposed water purchase agreement between the Water Authority and Poseidon Resources, for water expected to be produced by the proposed Carlsbad Desalination Project.

(AP) -- Authorities are investigating whether Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez gave favors to donors who poured more than $100,000 into a fund he controlled.

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