When homebuilders from around the country gathered the last week of January to honor the best in the business, three San Diego firms -- Shea Homes San Diego, Davidson Communities and Design Line Interiors -- combined to earn multiple design honors.
The 32nd annual award program, called The Nationals, is the nation's largest and most prestigious competition for sales and marketing professionals, and communities.
Shea Homes San Diego emerged with five gold medal first place awards for its contemporary new urban community, Origen at Civita in Mission Valley, including one of evening's top honors, Neighborhood of the Year.
Other gold medal first place honors were presented to Origen for:
* Best Sales Center -- Shea Homes, shared with Design Line
* Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Under 1,500 Square Feet for Origen socialGarden plan 1 -- Shea Homes
* Best Interior Merchandising of a Model from 1,500-2,000 Square Feet for Origen skyLoft plan 1 -- Shea Homes, shared with Design Line
* Best Architectural Design of an Attached Home Plan for Origen socialGarden plan 1 -- Shea Homes, shared with Woodley Architectural Group
Last fall, Origen was honored as the Best New Home Community in San Diego by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego, and as Community of the Year in attached housing by its affiliated chapter, the BIA of Southern California.
Designed by Woodley Architectural Group with interior merchandising by Design Line, Origen offers 200 three- and four-story loft-style town homes in two distinct new neighborhoods -- Origen socialGarden and Origen skyLoft.
Origen opened in December 2011 as the first new residential community within Civita, whose plans call for 4,780 residential homes and apartments, approximately 480,000 square feet for a lifestyle retail center and 420,000 square feet for an office/business campus over the next 10 to 15 years.
Davidson Communities walked away with a gold and silver award in the same category.
For Best Merchandising of a Model, 2,500-3,500 Square Feet, Davidson won first place honors for Arista at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe and second place for Maricel at Torrey Highlands.
Davidson also won a second place silver award for Best Sales Center for Arista, where a large wall weaves a unique builder's story with the artifacts and photos illustrating the aesthetic and design culture of the builder.
Del Mar-based Design Line was honored for its work at both Arista and Maricel.
These national awards continue the string of honors for Arista, which last year was named best new detached community in San Diego by the local Building Industry Association (BIA).
Design Line Interiors of Del Mar had a strong showing at The Nationals, with four first-place gold awards and two second-place silver awards for design excellence.
“We took some risks with these particular models and sales offices, and clearly the judges saw the value in breaking from tradition,” said Dawn Davidson, president of Design Line. “For example, there is no dining room in the Plan 1 at Arista. Instead we designed an oversized gourmet island that can seat up to 10 people, which works perfectly for either casual family dining, entertaining or as a homework station for kids. This is the kind of innovation that our builders embraced this past year.”
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