SVA Architects, Inc. Wins Coveted Gold Nugget Grand Award

The Ramble at UC Davis West Village Honored in Nation's Most Prestigious Design Competition

Jul 02, 2015, 13:50 ET from SVA Architects, Inc.

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Judges for the 2015 Gold Nugget Awards have named SVA Architects, Inc. a Grand Award winner for its outstanding design of The Ramble at UC Davis West Village.  Now in its 52nd year, the Gold Nugget Awards is the nation's largest and most prestigious annual competition which recognizes architectural design and planning excellence.  This year's competition drew 635 entries from around the world.  Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards were announced on June 25 as a highlight of PCBC®, the nation's largest regional conference and trade show for real estate development.

Winner of the Gold Nugget Grand Award in the Best Campus Housing category, The Ramble at UC Davis West Village is comprised of 372 apartments and townhomes for university students.  As a key component of this Zero Net Energy development, the LEED Platinum Ramble is designed to use a minimum of 50 percent less energy than traditionally-constructed buildings. Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, explains, "The Ramble works both sides of the energy equation by reducing energy demand while simultaneously converting solar rays into energy for powering the community. The energy footprint is essentially eliminated."  Simons adds, "Thank you to the Gold Nugget judges for recognizing this extraordinary project and our vision to make healthy, sustainable communities."

Kimberly Hoeksema, Senior Vice President of Development Execution for Carmel Partners, the developer, states, "This was a challenging project, and without partners such as SVA Architects and UC Davis, it couldn't have been possible.  I want to thank our entire team and congratulate them on a job well done." 

Founded in 2003, SVA Architects (formerly MVE Institutional) has become one of the Country's most innovative and respected design and planning organizations. The award-winning firm specializes in planning, architecture, and interior design of public, private, and combination projects.  Among the firm's portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.  SVA Architects values institutional and public environments as the foundation of a community and the backdrop against which we live, learn, work, worship, and play.  The company is headquartered in Santa Ana with offices in Oakland, San Diego, and Honolulu.  For more information, visit

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