Gold Nugget Grand Award PCBC 2018

This Archimom is getting good at eating the whale!

Two and a half years ago, when I started working on this project, the immediate goal was to prepare a decent set of Construction Documents and get a permit.  Line weights mattered, line types mattered. I stayed on the project after the permit, and details mattered, simpler the better. I worked on Construction Administration responding to the RFIs, reading through Submittals and substitution requests, sometimes standing my ground on code compliance, wrote blogs on the company website to showcase my project, helped marketing department prepare award entries, and here we are, Gold Nugget Grand Award Winner – PCBC 2018 to “Luxaira Best Affordable Senior Housing Community”.

More about the project, and professional pictures:

Here is the journey of the project at my desk…via my Instagram documentation.

  1. At my desk, elevations taped together to visualize the street view…

2. At permit, with the approved design set, and approved color set. How it started, and how it shaped up, every architect all tell you a hundred stories of the journey in between…

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#AIACCtakeover continues.. So, what's on my desk? "Just permitted, and ready to be built 157 Unit Senior Affordable Apartment complex in Beacon Park, Irvine. This was our chance to apply our knowledge of geriatric needs, that aren't always covered in accessibility and mobility features. Amenities such as a Yoga Room and a Cardio Room support active lifestyles, while the pool and Pavilion encourage use of outdoor spaces. A Quilting Room and an Art Room keep the seniors engaged in creative activities. The community kitchen, lounge and library with fireplace all provide ample spaces for socialization. In addition to the first floor community spaces, each building has a third floor roof deck enabling the residents to enjoy the California sun throughout the year. The exterior design is heavily influenced by Irving Gill’s style of aesthetic purity, with bold rectangular massing, smooth plastered walls, wood trim elements, and plentiful ground level arches. While it’s distinctly different from Irvine’s now overly used Mediterranean influenced architecture, it blends in with the surroundings." – #whatanarchitectdoes #Luxaira

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3. Ground breaking and framing, long hours responding to field questions, preparing Bulletins and ASIs to reflect changes requested by client, construction team…

4. Plank walk that turns into shoe safety talk… I usually wear my caterpillar boots, but here it is, a hard soled boot that’s acceptable on site, for those pesky rainy days to keep yourself warm and clean.

5. Rain delays don’t usually happen in California, but when it rains in California, it’s pours! Here it is, an OAC meeting after the rains.


6. Archiparent children will tell you the stories of being dragged to see their parents’ projects. There is no way our families can escape what we do. Here I am, one fine day, after dinner, dragging my husband and kids to the site.

7. One month before substantial completion. That’s the first time I realized this project was a cut above the rest in the senior and affordable category… They say every child is special to mums, but mums know when their children are truly special

8. And here it is, today…winning Golden Nugget at PCBC 2018.


9. And that moment of truth,  the more you do, the more you can do. One item at a time, off the professional bucket list.




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