DES A+E Wins Three Awards at Gold Nugget Design Competition

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SAN FRANCISCO, California — Held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the 55th Annual Gold Nugget Awards recognized DES Architects + Engineers (DES A+E) with three awards—a firm record. The Gold Nugget Awards is the feature event of PCBC, the west coast’s largest builder and real estate development conference.

In the Best Education Project category, Design Tech High School ( took home the Grand Award. Design Tech High School ( is a ribbon-like building that runs along the edge of Oracle’s Silicon Valley campus—tying the natural shoreline, school, and tech campus together. Capturing the region’s entrepreneurial spirit, provides a platform for students to learn, experiment, and create.

The Gold Nugget judges remarked: “There were many innovative educational projects that were worthy of awards, but Design Tech High School was not only worthy from an architectural design standpoint but also for taking the educational classroom learning model and turning it upside down.”

In the Best Special Use Project category, Moffett Place Amenities earned an Award of Merit. As the centerpiece of one of the largest corporate campuses in Silicon Valley, the project provides a cluster of amenities made up of three elements: a 50,000-sf Events Center, a 4-acre greenspace, and a recreation-focused rooftop deck. This is the second Gold Nugget Award Moffett Place has received.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish.

Finally, the Tech Workplace at 1330 Broadway won an Award of Merit in the Best Interior Renovation category. Situated on the 17th floor of an Oakland skyscraper, this creative workplace has a flexible central space that’s designed for a variety of activities: taking lunch breaks, playing afternoon games, and hosting the late-night events.

The recognition of each of these three projects is a testament to the DES’ creative, well-rounded team members and industry-leading clients. With exciting projects on-the-boards, DES’ continues to value collaboration in achieving design excellence, focusing on each client’s unique vision, culture, and values.

About the Gold Nugget Awards
Gold Nugget Awards is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 700 entries from around the world.

About DES Architects + Engineers
For over 40 years, DES Architects + Engineers has designed education, science and tech, commercial, and healthcare environments. DES offers an integrated project approach that leads to increased accuracy, quicker project delivery, and a better use of valuable resources. With offices in Redwood City and San Francisco, DES provides seven in-house services: Architecture, Interior Design, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Visual Communications and Green Building Consulting.

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