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KTGY Group Architecture + Planning Wins Project of the Year for Multiple Residential Communities

KTGY Group Architecture + Planning Wins Project of the Year for Multiple
Residential Communities

Raising the Benchmark for Multifamily Design Excellence

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Award-winning national firm
KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY's
wide range of capabilities, excellence and innovation in addressing complex
design/build issues in multifamily, sustainable residential communities,
mixed-use, transit-oriented developments, and senior housing has been
recognized in several recent national awards programs including National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily Pillars of the Industry
Awards, Multifamily Executive Awards, EcoHome Design Awards and ECO-STRUCTURE
Evergreen Awards. The award-winning residential communities are: Primera Terra
in Playa Vista, Calif.; Fusion in Sunnyvale, Calif.; Dana Strand Senior
Apartments in Los Angeles, Calif.; and Via in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Primera Terra, a landmark LEED Platinum certified project in Playa Vista (Los
Angeles County), one of the largest production home communities in California
to be LEED Platinum certified, won four Grand Awards for its sustainability
excellence and its stunning approach to high-performance housing. Built by KB
Home, Primera Terra is an innovative redesign solution by KTGY comprising of
52 luxury for-sale condominium homes located in a walkable urban location and
is 40% more energy efficient than the new home standards set by the state of
California. The LEED Platinum Certification was accomplished without
incorporating a solar power system or other renewable energy resource. The
live/work/shop/play/green environment maximizes market appeal, drives
condominium sales and minimizes its carbon footprint.

Primera Terra won:
• Best Garden/Small Scale Condo Community - Grand Award - Multifamily Pillars
of the Industry Awards
• Best Example of Green Building Concepts - Grand Award - Multifamily Pillars
of the Industry Awards
• Project of the Year, Green (for sale condos) - Grand Award - Multifamily
Executive Awards
• Sustainability Excellence, Multifamily - Grand Award - EcoHome Design Awards
• Evergreen Award, Residential - Grand Award - ECO-STRUCTURE Magazine

Fusion is a vibrant, eco-friendly townhome community in Silicon Valley's
thriving tech industry in Sunnyvale, Calif., built by O'Brien Homes. Targeting
mixed-income buyers, Fusion seamlessly integrates 36 new contemporary
buildings with 3 existing Spanish eclectic buildings, which were built by a
former builder. There are 228 stylish townhomes (flat, carriage-style and
traditional) with 7 different floor plans with 2-4 bedrooms, and attached
spacious 2-car garages. A newly renovated community recreation center,
"PULSE," includes a Wi-Fi lounge, coffee bar, flat screen TV, fireplace,
catering kitchen, 12-seat theater (which can be reserved for private
functions) and a premium fitness center. Outdoor amenities include a spacious
fire pit area with tables and seating, a playground for toddlers, a meditation
garden and a putting green.

Fusion won:
• Project of the Year, Mid-Rise - Grand Award - Multifamily Executive Awards
• Best Garden/Small Scale Condo Community - Grand Award Finalist - Multifamily
Pillars of the Industry Awards

Dana Strand Senior Apartments, an exciting LEED Gold certified development in
Los Angeles, embodies the best practices of new urbanism and smart growth
transforming an underutilized urban infill site into a beautiful, amenity-rich
residential community for seniors. Indistinguishable from market-rate housing,
Dana Strand offers high quality, affordable housing that encourages a healthy,
active living environment and reduces impact on our air, water and landfills.
Its amenities include a computer center and community room along with a wide
array of resident services, including computer classes, ESL classes, and
resident events. Dana Strand is a development by ROEM Corporation and La
Cienega LOMOD, Inc., in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City
of Los Angeles (HACLA).

Dana Strand Senior Apartments won:
• Best Affordable Apartment Community - Grand Award - Multifamily Pillars of
the Industry Awards
• Project of the Year, Senior - Grand Award Finalist - Multifamily Executive
Awards

Via is an upscale, eco-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use apartment
community in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif., developed
by Essex Property Trust, Inc. Via seamlessly blends 284 luxury apartments with
a 46,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by Fresh & Easy and includes a
bank, restaurant, deli, and other neighborhood-serving retail. Via is located
just off the 101 Bayshore and 237 Southbay freeways, steps from the VTA
commuter rail station, and near the Mineta San Jose International Airport. The
resort-style apartment community targets urban/suburban sophisticates who want
environmentally-friendly, luxury living, onsite shopping, and close proximity
to Silicon Valley employers and convenient access to light rail and the entire
Bay Area.

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Via won:
• Best Example of Green Building Concepts - Grand Award Finalist - Multifamily
Pillars of the Industry Awards
The Multifamily Executive Grand Awards were announced on October 9, at the
2012 Multifamily Executive Conference at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Two KTGY principals and residential knowledge leaders, Rohit
Anand, AIA, NCARB, and Manny Gonzalez, AIA, LEED AP, were speakers at the 2012
Multifamily Executive Conference. The 2012 Multifamily Executive Awards
exemplify the best in project development and design, business practices and
humanitarianism, and visionary leadership. See www.multifamilyexecutive.com.

The National Association of Home Builders' annualMultifamily Pillars of the
Industry Awards program highlights creative development concepts, innovative
financing strategies, great design, and superior management and marketing in
the apartment and condo marketplace.Winners from all categories were
recognized in a virtual awards ceremony last week. See www.nahb.org.

EcoHome's 2012 Design Awards honors the best sustainable homes for innovative
design, green building features, environmental performance, and integration
with their sites and communities. EcoHome is aleading source of information
about certified green building products and projectsand a magazine of the
American Institute of Architects (AIA). See www.ecohomemagazine.com.

ECO-STRUCTURE magazine's 2012 Evergreen Awards honors outstanding
environmental performance and quality of design and were announced last month
and will be recognized at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in
November 2012. ECO-STRUCTURE magazine covers green building industry news,
market conditions, science and technology in sustainable design, building
performance, new products, and sustainable projects. See
www.eco-structure.com.

About KTGY Group
Celebrating 20 years, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, is a
national award-winning firm providing comprehensive planning and award-winning
architectural design services for residential communities, retail,
hospitality, mixed-use and related specialty developments. KTGY delivers
innovative solutions that reflect clear understanding of development, market
trends and financial performance. Serving clients worldwide, KTGY maintains
offices in Irvine, Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif., Denver, Colo., and Tysons
Corner, Va. See www.ktgy.com.

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CONTACT: Anne Monaghan
         Monaghan Communications
         830.997.0963

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