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CSUF alum strives to reshape local Orange County housing policy
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Representing homebuilders, Steve LaMotte works to ease regulations on construction
Before the novel coronavirus pandemic shook Orange County and the rest of California, the most pressing topic of conversation was, arguably, housing.
Renters and prospective homebuyers face seemingly insurmountable prices, while many current homeowners oppose new construction that would increase housing supply and, potentially, bring down prices.
Housing has reshaped political alliances in California, causing young liberals to link arms with conservative homebuilders to form the Yes In My Backyard, or YIMBY, movement, which espouses that the key to making housing more affordable for more people is simply to build more of it. The new movement forms a counterweight to the Not In My Backyard, or NIMBY, activists that have stalled homebuilding for decades, tightening the supply of new homes and forcing prices higher.
Far West Industries Strikes Gold with ICON!
The Ebony at ICON was recognized last week in Las Vegas at The Nationals and the Best in American LivingTM Awards, taking home the Gold Award for Best Single-Family Detached Home under 2,000 SF at both award ceremonies! Congratulations to Far West Industries on this exciting win. Danielian Associates Architects + Planners is very proud to have provided the architectural services on this award-winning project.
ICON is a single-family community that offers four unique, open plans designed to maximize living space, privacy, and provide ample indoor / outdooring living experiences to amplify the Palm Springs lifestyle.
Debut of BIASC New Homes Showcase Offers Powerful Online Engine for Direct Engagement Between Homebuyers and Builder Communities
IRVINE, Calif., July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) has announced a major new platform called the BIASC New Homes Showcase. This online sales directory is designed to serve as a leading authoritative resource in the building industry by engaging consumers directly with builder communities without the intermediation of third-party websites.
With over 90% of homebuyers starting their search for a new home online, the program is designed to increase BIASC-member builders' share of that digital traffic. Once a prospective buyer has identified a community in which they are interested, they are channeled directly to the builder's website for that community for further information and interaction.
KTGY Architecture + Planning Honored with National Awards at 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show
IRVINE, Calif. – KTGY Architecture + Planning has been awarded top honors at the awards programs held in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) on January 21-23, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards honor the firm's wide range of capabilities, excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues – from a high-rise, life plan community that includes assisted living and memory care, to living large on a single-family detached small lot and a clubhouse amenity that is the centerpiece of a master-planned community.
BEST OF 55+ HOUSING AWARDS The Best of 55+ Housing Awards is the premier design and marketing competition for the 55+ housing industry. Finalists were selected from entries in 42 categories representing single-family homes, rental housing, service-enriched housing, lifestyle features that 55+ buyers look for and marketing activity, plus three categories representing individuals and firms. A total of 107 entries were chosen as finalists and are eligible for either a gold or silver award from NAHB's 55+ Housing Industry Council. The award show was held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, during IBS.
Tri Pointe Group Named 2019 Builder of the Year by Builder and Developer Magazine
IRVINE, CALIF. (December 4, 2019) – TRI Pointe Group (NYSE: TPH), one of the top 10 largest public homebuilding companies in the United States based on revenue, has won the Builder of the Year Award from Builder and Developer magazine, the management resource for professional homebuilders nationwide. Based on voting by readers of the influential building magazine, TRI Pointe Group was nominated and selected for its impressive growth, community building and LivingSmart® program.
“TRI Pointe Group is honored to win this award from Builder and Developer and its readers,” said CEO Doug Bauer. “The company’s premium lifestyle brand strategy at all price points focuses on design, innovation and the customer experience. And while that strategy is critical to our success, it would not be possible without our talented and dedicated team members who, coast to coast, day in and day out, are committed to and demonstrate their passion for providing a world-class experience for our homebuying customers.”
KTGY Receives 2019 SAGE Honors for Regency Palms in Long Beach
IRVINE, Calif. – KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that the firm’s excellence in residential design and planning has been recognized by the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Council on Shaping Advancements in Generational Environments (SAGE)’s 2019 SAGE Awards program. Celebrating its 25th year, these annual awards honor the innovative professionals, projects and programs that have contributed to the enhancement of life for residents age 55+ in the western United States. Winners were celebrated on November 21ST in a gala ceremony in Costa Mesa, California. Regency Palms in Long Beach, California received the 2019 SAGE Award for the Best 55+ Remodeled Project, and Sun Bay Senior Club in Los Angeles received the 2019 SAGE Award for the Best 55+ Indoor Common or Amenity Space.
TRI Pointe Homes Announces Canvas, Upcoming Community in Anaheim, CA
Irvine, CA, October 21, 2019 – TRI Pointe Homes® Southern California, a premium West Coast homebuilder, is excited to unveil Canvas, a new planned community coming to Anaheim, Calif. Located at 916 E. Santa Ana St., Canvas will consist of 232 residences in three (3) collections. Canvas will join the burgeoning arts, music, entertainment and culinary scene in Anaheim, which is quickly becoming a top cultural hotspot in Orange County.
HomeAid Orange County has a NEW Executive Director!
HomeAid Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Scott as Executive Director.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be appointed as the Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County - the organization that has fueled my passion to end homelessness for the past two decades. It is with deep gratitude as I now step into this role, to work alongside my friend and mentor, Scott Larson, as he leads HomeAid America as their Chief Executive Officer.”Gina Scott said. “I am committed to advancing the mission of HomeAid Orange County, and I will not rest until enough housing is developed so homelessness ceases to exist in our community.” ...
Don Neff Donates $10k to CHF's BITA Program!
During the Little Black Dress and Tie Social event on October 16, 2019, the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF)’s Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) high school workforce training program received a $10,000 donation, generously contributed by Don Neff, founder of JLP Construction Services.
Don Neff has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the construction and homebuilding industry and recognizes the need for a trained homebuilding workforce in California and has generously donated to the BITA program to make lasting change in our industry...
Rick Engineering Company Hires Brooke Peterson, AICP as Planning Director
San Diego, CA – Rick Engineering Company (RICK) is pleased to announce Brooke Peterson, AICP has joined the firm’s Community Planning and Landscape Architecture Department as the Director of Planning. Brooke has more than 19 years of experience managing complex planning and development projects throughout Southern California. This key hire enhances RICK’s leadership capacity, expertise, and ability to provide diverse public and private clients with unique, thoughtful, and advanced planning solutions.
“RICK has built a tremendous legacy of planning and development work here in San Diego and beyond,” Brooke said. “As the company advances into a new paradigm focused on growth and innovation, I’m excited to join the team and lead the growth and expansion of RICK’s Community Planning and Landscape Architecture practice.” ...
Murow|CM Announces Rebrand to Murow Development Consultants
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Murow|CM, a leading provider of land development consulting services, today announced the business rebranded to Murow Development Consultants. The comprehensive rebrand further elevates the focus on servicing the land development industry and as part of this rebrand includes a new logo, positioning, and website. Branding research determined that evolving its brand identity, rather than completely changing its name, was the optimal decision.
CEO Greg Perrine states, "Murow Development Consultants reflects and better aligns with the suite of services we offer while maintaining our high level of service to be consistent with our core competencies. While our commitment to our existing clients and channels we serve will not change, we feel this rebranding better communicates our value proposition to our industry. This is an exciting change for us and marks a strategic pivot in our future direction as a land development consulting group." ...