San Diego county builders bring home the gold! The Pacific Coast Builders Conference is the largest show for builders on the West Coast and is held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco yearly. This years theme was Power. Forward. Sustain. which focused on helping homebuilders succeed in a challenging marketplace and being prepared to capitalize when the market makes an upswing. This years June conference held the annual Best in the West competition where this years judges favored and handed out the Gold Nugget Awards to the affordable and environmentally sensitive developments. San Diego County brought home 6 Golden Nugget Awards as well as 18 Merit Awards. Among these Gold Nugget Winners was downtown San Diegos Smart Corner that won for best infill project. The Smart Corner building exemplifies the principles of Smart Growth. Smart Growth is a approach to urban planning that seeks the benefits of a close connect between where people live and work. It combines residential living, an office building and ground floor retail space, and mass transit all on one city block. Downtown San Diegos Current in Little Italy was also recognized for Apartment projects of four or more stories. Click here to view other San Diego county winners. Congradulations to all the San Diego developers and projects recognized this year! It’s great to see San Diego be recognized for the progressiveness in urbanization and smart growth. San Diego planners and developers have been on the leading edge of future living creating enviormentally friendly projects and utilizing ideas of New Urbanism. Proud to be a resident of this city!