SANTA ANA, Calif., July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SVA Architects, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has earned two 2016 Gold Nugget Awards of Merit for Potter's Lane. Potter's Lane is a unique housing development made of modified-steel shipping containers. The containers are being transformed into fully functional and aesthetically pleasing 480-square-foot homes for 15 chronically homeless veterans and one manager. SVA's Gold Nugget Merit Awards for Potter's Lane demonstrate that the firm has exhibited excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues.
Potter's Lane, located at 15171 Jackson St. in Midway City, CA, will provide much-needed veterans' housing in Orange County. According to The Orange County Veterans Study (2015) conducted by the University of Southern California, approximately 6,500 veterans settle in Orange County annually, joining approximately 130,000 veterans already here. Ten percent of pre-9/11 veterans and 18% of post-9/11 veterans in OC reported being homeless in the past year.
Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, "It is an honor to work with American Family Housing and to deliver an entire community to well-deserving veterans, which includes a community room with kitchenette, laundry room, and offices."
The 2016 Gold Nugget Awards ceremony, which is part of the annual Pacific Coast Builder's Conference, was on June 23, 2016, the eve of the project's groundbreaking. The Gold Nugget Awards is deemed the nation's oldest and most prestigious design competition. Potter's Lane was a Merit Award winner in the Best on-the-Boards Multifamily Community (up to 50 du/acre) and Building Industry Community Spirit Award categories.
SVA's Paul Zaleski, Associate AIA, Senior Associate Partner, states, "The units are configured to create a central, private courtyard with amenities for learning and socialization. The courtyard is envisioned as the 'life' of the building. The planning organization resembles a modern day court home, which allowed utilitarian methods for the site to be achieved economically."
Founded in 2003, SVA Architects 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. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana with offices in Oakland, San Diego, and Honolulu. For more information, visit www.sva-architects.com.
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