Growing Smarter Together Awards & Videos
Award categories include both personal, and program or project-oriented work, and urban design.
- Start It Up Award: Downtown
Concord Specific Plan,City of Concord
The Downtown Concord Specific Plan was adopted on June 24, 2014, after an 18-month process and includes the following components: development of a downtown vision; a community engagement process to further preparation of the Plan; preparation of goals, policies and implementation strategies to promote enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access to and from the BART Station, attractive high-density infill, incentives for affordable housing, and improved transit; and development of strategies to spur new development and investment in the area. The extensive Community Outreach Plan focused on obtaining input from a variety of community members including residents, businesses, local and regional stakeholders and transportation partners. The Downtown Specific Plan is already serving an important role as an economic development tool to focus public and private efforts toward improvements in the downtown.
- On the Ground — Getting
It Done Award: Project in a Priority Development Area: Warm Springs Community Plan
Fremont, City of Fremont
The Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan lays out the vision for a transit-oriented innovative employment center. The Warm Springs/South Fremont area is a comeback story about facing seemingly insurmountable challenges and the vision and leadership to go beyond them. It is also the story of reinvention and transformation.
The Plan calls for transformation of the area, partially characterized by large vacant parcels and underutilized industrial land, into an Innovation District with unique land use flexibility, vision for an exciting and dynamic public realm, and dense mixed-use development offering strategically urban living and working opportunities surrounding the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station. This area includes 10 different land use mixes accommodating industrial, research and development, office and convention, hotel, retail and entertainment, residential, and public facility uses as well as an elementary school and public space.
At 880 acres of contiguous undeveloped land, Warm Springs/South Fremont is the largest underdeveloped site in the San Francisco Bay area, double the size of Mission Bay in San Francisco, and the only district of its size with immediate BART access.
- Preserving and Protecting
the Environment Award: Bay Area Multifamily Building, StopWaste: Energy
Council (County of Alameda)
Energy efficiency programs in California historically have not fully capitalized on the enormous savings potential of multifamily buildings. Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements (BAMBE) is a new program designed to address this gap.
Developed and managed by StopWaste as part of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network's portfolio of energy saving programs, this program offers free energy consulting to help property owners identify energy upgrades, qualify for rebates and access financing. Enrollment has outperformed other multifamily energy upgrade programs in California by a factor of three to four. Participating properties reduced their total energy use on average by 16 percent. This program is protecting California’s energy and air resources, helping Bay Area governments meet GHG reduction targets, stimulating private-sector investment in the green building industry and driving green job creation. These actions will have a ripple effect on the Bay Area’s environmental and economic sustainability for years to come.
StopWaste is the umbrella name for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (established in 1976) and the Energy Council. The Energy Council is a joint powers authority created in 2013 by the County of Alameda and 12 cities in the county.
- Public-Private Partnership Award: Union
City Station Center Mixed-Use Housing, City of Union City and MidPEN Housing
Union City's Station Center is a 157-unit, mixed-use, affordable family housing development built adjacent to BART, in the heart of Union City's Station District, a Priority Development Area. Station Center is within a walkable community with easy pedestrian access to BART, buses, parks, schools, retail, and community services.
Owned by MidPen Housing Corp, with significant construction funding support provided by Union City, Station Center illustrates how the private sector and cities can partner to implement state and regional goals.
- Public-Private Partnership Award: Marea
Alta Affordable Rental Development,, City of San Leandro and Bridge Housing Corporation
The City of San Leandro and the nonprofit BRIDGE Housing Corporation, which is the project developer, exemplify a model public-private partnership in the development of Marea Alta, a 200 unit affordable, mixed use complex. The project is important as a model sustainable development in the City’s downtown TOD area, which is also a Priority Development Area (PDA), and regionally.
Marea Alta will have a transformational effect on the downtown area, and epitomizes a truly sustainable, transit-oriented development in priority development areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area region. Marea Alta overcame two major financial crises, the Great Recession and the demise of redevelopment state-wide, through the shared vision, commitment and teamwork between the City and BRIDGE to successfully place the project on a path towards completion by May 2016.
- Sharing the Benefits Award: Jack
Capon Villa, City of Alameda
Jack Capon Villa is the City of Alameda's first multi-family affordable housing project for adults with developmental and other disabilities, designed to help meet the extreme need for affordable supportive housing. The project is named after the late Jack Capon, an esteemed Alameda resident who founded the City's Special Olympics. The property provides 18 permanent affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments for households that include at least one member with a disability and total household income that is at or below 50 percent of the area median income. It was the City of Alameda's final project funded through the redevelopment agency prior to dissolution. The project was developed by the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) and Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB), with significant support from the City of Alameda.
The project is sited to maximize opportunities for residents to interact with the surrounding neighborhood and open spaces. The urban infill site was formerly a City parking lot. Services for residents are provided by HCEB and the structure is extremely cost effective and efficient, and should serve as a model for service-supported housing throughout the State and the nation.
Ashland-Cherryland Business District Specific Plan
County of Alameda
Start It Up — Honorable Mention
Climate Action Plan
City of South San Francisco
Preserving and Protecting the Environment — Honorable Mention
Redwood City Downtown Precise Plan
City of Redwood City
On the Ground — Honorable Mention
Award winners are recognized at the Spring General Assembly with a special awards presentation and video. Videos and other background information are available below, organized by year.