2013 Best in Basin Award Winners
Here are the 2013 Best in the Basin project winners
2013 was the 24th year TRPA has recognized projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment while following the guidelines set forth by the Agency. Here are the 2013 Best in the Basin project winners.
2012 Best in Basin Award Winners
Here are the 2012 Best in the Basin project winners
2012 was the 23rd year TRPA has recognized projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment while following the guidelines set forth by the Agency. Here are the 2012 Best in the Basin project winners.
2011 Best in Basin Award Winners
2010 Best in Basin Award Winners
2009 Best in Basin Award Winners
2008 Best in Basin Award Winners
Best Green Building Project: Hackett residence, 1348 Dick Lake Road, South Lake Tahoe, Bret and Rosie Hackett owners. This home is expected to be certified in coming weeks as the first LEED Gold home in the Tahoe Basin. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, spells out the rating criteria taken into consideration for certifying green buildings. Work by contractor Christian Hurst, designer Healthy Home Consultants of South Lake Tahoe (Bret Hackett, www.healthyhomeconsultants.net), and engineer William Pretcher.
Public Service: Sky Forest Acres, 714 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, owner South Lake Tahoe Supportive Housing, Inc. This unique project provides independent living quarters for 18 special-needs residents and is the result of extensive collaboration and cooperation among many partners. Work by developer Accessible Space Inc. of Saint Paul, Minnesota; general contractor Broward Brothers Inc. of Woodland, CA; and architect Lewis Reedly of Lemur Designs of Sacramento. Special recognition to David Kelly of the Tahoe Area Coordinating Council for the Disabled.
Best Area-Wide Defensible Space Work: Chinquapin Homeowner’s Association, at 3600 North Lake Tahoe Boulevard, Tahoe City. The Chinquapin complex is a 98-acre property with 172 condominiums and town homes on the forested slopes at the Placer County shoreline. The defensible space and forest fuels treatments have been ongoing since 2005. Last year, Chinquapin was recognized as the Best in the Basin winner for best BMPs. Work by CTL Forest Management of Placerville, North Tahoe Fire Protection District hand crews, and registered professional forester Bruce Seabold. Special recognition for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Nevada Fire Safe Council, California Department of Forestry and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency forester Brian Hurt.
Best Residential Defensible Space Work: Pretzer residence, 355 Snowflake Ave., Tahoe Vista, owner Carolyn Pretzer. Work by contractor Rockwood Inc. of Kings Beach. Special recognition for the Nevada Fire Safe Council.
Best Commercial Rebuild: Tahoe Maritime Museum, 5205 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Work by architects Cox and Kromydas, engineers Tieslau Civil Engineering, and contractor Devon Construction Company.
Best Restoration of a Historic Structure: Tahoe Fish Hatchery, 2394 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, owner University of California, Davis. Work by architects Collaborative Design Studio, Reno; civil engineers Gary Davis Group, Tahoe City; landscape architect, Design Workshop of Stateline, NV; general contractor Geney/Gassiot, Truckee; and historic architect Seigal & Strain, Emeryville, CA.
Best Erosion Control Project, Crystal Bay Phase I Water Quality Improvement Project, Somers Loop Road, Washoe County. This area-wide erosion control / water quality project incorporates several cutting-edge techniques for stormwater management, including vegetated pavers, pervious concrete and large underground infiltration galleries. Work by engineers Nichols Consulting, landscape designers Integrated Environmental Restoration Services, and contractor Aspen Developer’s Corporation. Funding by the Nevada Tahoe Bond Act and US Forest Service.
Best Management Practices (BMP) Retrofit: The Crosswhite residence, 4676 North Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, Gary and Lynn Crosswhite owners. Work by owner/builder Gary Crosswhite, who completed all of the project’s BMPs. Planning by Kaufman Planning.
Best Shoreland Project: The Lane residence, 181 Paradise Flat Lane, South Lake Tahoe, Jule Lane Gay, owner. This home and guest home renovation project consisted of residential additions and interior and exterior remodels along with a pier reconstruction. Work by architect/engineers Shelton and Bacon, and contractor GC Construction.
2007 Best in Basin Award Winners
|Green Building: The Fitzmorris residence, 775 Chapel Lane, Tahoe City. This 2,600-square foot home in Tahoe City was transformed into a Green Building showcase featuring water efficiency retrofits, solar equipment, hydronic space heating, use of forest stewardship council certified lumber, environmentally friendly metal siding – and more. From top to bottom, from appliances and fixtures to the flooring, paints and other materials, green was a consistent theme and our judges were impressed with the results. The home even features formaldehyde-free, 100 percent paper cellulose and soy-based blown-in foam insulation.Walton Design & Engineering and John Doherty Construction collaborated on this project.|
|Defensible Space: Instead of recognizing a single property owner in this category, we took heed of a suggestion from the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspaper that the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District be recognized for its fire prevention efforts creating a “defensible space halo” around Incline Village.This “halo of protection” was created by the department’s Slide Mountain Hand Crew and literally encircles that town.Photo provided courtesy of Incline Village General Improvement District.|
|Recreation/Public Park: Heritage Plaza, in Tahoe City, owned by Placer County. This underutilized lawn area on the lake shore was recontoured and redesigned to a more inviting community gathering place with a million dollar view. The Cal-Tahoe Conservancy, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Placer County and Tahoe City Rotary Club helped fund the project.Design Workshop, Auerbach Engineering, and Correa Construction collaborated on the project.|
|Best Management Practices (BMP) Retrofit: Chinquapin, 3600 North Lake Tahoe Boulevard, in Tahoe City for phase one of a complex-wide BMP retrofit installation. This is a large multiphase BMP retrofit project on a property right on the Lake Shore.Green Envy Inc Contracting and Tieslau Civil Engineering collaborated on this project.|
|Residential Modification: The Nall residence, 920 Snowshoe Way, Tahoe City. This was a top-to-bottom overhaul that involved everything from sandblasting old 70s-vintage paint to expose wood, construction of a carport, raising interior ceilings, replacing decking, improving drainage throughout the property – and more. From lava rock and 70s shag carpeting to a designer showcase home.Mike Ericson Construction, Murawski Construction, Shelton & Associates, Ken Saline Masonry collaborated on this project.|
|Commercial Rebuild: Gary Davis Building, Junction of state routes 89 and 28, Tahoe City. This 1960s vintage commercial building was given an exterior facelift that resulted in an exciting, updated modern look that enhances the scenic corridor of at 89/28 in Tahoe City. In addition, 600 square feet of commercial floor space was added.Gary Davis Group, G.C. Construction, Jim Baldwin Construction, Hall Excavation, Estate Landscape & Irrigation, Sunshine Painting, Tahoe City Roofing collaborated on this project.|
|Restoration: 921 Emerald Bay Road, the former Crystal Range Motel, South Lake Tahoe, Steve Leman owner. This property was transformed from a blighted, low-end motel to a partially restored wooded meadow in a sensitive stream environment zone. From 90 percent coverage to zero percent coverage with no loss of trees.Clint Purvance & Steve Leman Design, Tahoe Paving Stones, Tahoe Outdoor Living, Doherty Landscaping, Haen Construction, and V&T Construction collaborated on this project.|