The 2023 Design Awards Event
For 2023, we’re celebrating 16 award winning projects at the historic Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture in the Cowell Theatre, preceded by a special social event in the stunning Design Award-winning Pier 2 Atrium.
We’re celebrating four years of the Preservation Design Awards at this special opportunity for winning teams and conference-goers. Wines will be split into six groups, tied to winning projects from all four years. There will be some surprises, a silent auction, and food and drink served.
The Alma College Site
Grace Tada – PGAdesign
Project Lead or Principal First Name
Cathy Garrett – PGAdesign
Client or Owner
Scott Reeves – Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Jane Mark – Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve
Scott Reeves – Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve
Frederic Knapp – Knapp Architects
Jack Laws – DCI Engineers
Aaron Quaresma – DCI Engineers
(peer review and input)
Melvyn Green – Melvyn Green & Assoc.
Serena Jang – Langan
Robyn Cooper – Sherwood Design Engineers (formerly Fall Creek Engineering)
Andy Greenberg – Sherwood Design Engineers (formerly Fall Creek Engineering)
Emil Vinuya – Hattin Construction Management
Gary Ifland – Ifland Engineers
Hunter Morton – As-Built Services
Environmental Assessment and Remediation
Scott English – Rincon Consultants
Donald Sibbett – The Sibbett Group
Brianna Cutts – The Sibbett Group
Economic Recreation Planning
Chuck Nozicka – Nozicka Consulting
The Alma College Site
The Alma College Site is a winner for the 2023 Preservation Design Award for Preservation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/programs/awards/.
About The Alma College Site
Located within a natural preserve near Los Gatos, the Alma College site is a designed landscape that illuminates important periods in California’s development.
The aspiration was and is to tell the story of the site.
Yet it was not certain that the site would, or even could, be preserved. First, because the owner’s mission prioritizes protecting and restoring the natural environment, it was uncertain they would be able to fund this sizable rehabilitation. Second, during the site assessment, it was discovered that the San Andreas fault traverses the site. The Alquist-Priolo Act limits human occupancy in structures near faults, thus severely constraining the possibilities for site usage. Nevertheless, after completing the assessment, the owner embarked on rehabilitation to showcase the site’s layered history. Against the odds, and yielding an exemplary process, the preserve is now open to the public so they may safely enjoy and understand its cultural significance.
About CPF and the Awards
The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.
The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was incorporated in 1978. We now support a national network of more than 30,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.