Design Awards Gala on April 19: Celebrate the best projects in Piedmont

Design Awards Gala on April 19: Celebrate the best projects in Piedmont

Published April 11, 2023

The City of Piedmont invites community members to celebrate extraordinary construction and landscaping projects completed over the last year on Wednesday, April 19th at the Planning Commission Design Awards Gala. The gala will be held at Community Hall (711 Highland Avenue) and begins at 5:30pm.

Each year, the Planning Commission recognizes a small number of exemplary projects with a Design Award. Projects receiving Design Awards reflect the highest level of design excellence among all that have come before the Commission for review. To be eligible for consideration, a project must conform to Piedmont’s design and planning guidelines and must have completed construction in the previous calendar year.

The gala is an opportunity to learn more about the projects selected for recognition and share appreciation for the property owners, architects, designers, and contractors whose projects rise above the already high bar for work that enhances the beauty of Piedmont’s built environment.

Seven projects were selected to receive a 2023 Design Award for excellence across a wide span of project types, ranging from Accessory Dwelling Unit Design to Landscaping and Outdoor Living to Deck Design and Window Replacement. Recipients are listed below.

Excellence in Accessory Dwelling Unit Design: 2070 Oakland Avenue

Accessory Dwelling Unit at 2070 Oakland Avenue Property Owners
  • Laurie Schweitzer and Jai Balkissoon
  • Tim Wooster
  • Wesley Bascom, Lookfar Builders
  • Lulu Sanchez (tiler)
  • Sammy Capurro, Capurro Plumbing
  • Becca Durkee, Morning Glory Gardens

Excellence in Accessory Dwelling Unit Design: 204 Pala Avenue

Accessory Dwelling Unit at 204 Pala Avenue Property Owners
  • Regina O’Connor and Jesse Hull
  • Bryan Keane, Custom Construction

Excellence in Home Renovation and Expansion: Residence on Pala Avenue

Home Renovation and Expansion on Pala Avenue Property Owners
  • Zach and Cori Kau
  • Carolyn Van Lang
  • Ry Miller, Madone Builders

Excellence in Comprehensive Stylistic Update: 7 St. James Drive

Comprehensive Stylistic Update on St. James Drive Property Owners
  • The Reich and Flynn Family
  • April Gruber, AG Design Studio
  • Alexis Davis Millar Landscape Architecture
  • Brad Robinson, Rolander Construction

Excellence in Landscaping and Outdoor Living: 60 Bellevue Avenue

Landscaping and Outdoor Living on Bellevue Avenue Property Owners
  • Jacob Sorensen and Anne Hawkins
Landscape Architect
  • Jeff George Landscape Architecture and Design
  • Audon Magana, Green Thumb Landscape
  • James Weber, James Construction
  • Bernard Brady,Brady Concrete


Excellence in Deck Design: 25 King Avenue

Deck Design on King Avenue Property Owners
  • The Peay Family
  • Lisa Joyce, Lisa Joyce Architect
  • Jeff Altmann, Altmann & Associates

Excellence in Window Replacement: 76 Wildwood Avenue

Window Replacement on Wildwood Avenue Property Owners
  • Kim Soerensen and Sonia Chen
  • Troy Wilson, Wilson Construction
  • Alex Garcia, Alex Garcia Painting
  • Terrance Harvey, Truitt & White
  • Jim Fontanilla, BMD Inc.

For questions about the Design Awards program, please contact Assistant Planner Steven Lizzarago at [email protected].