Martis Camp Wins Three Prestigious Grand Gold Nugget Awards

June 21, 2010 – Only Project to Win Three This Year, Grand Gold Nuggets Awarded for Best Residential Community, Private Club Facility and Site Plan of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO – Martis Camp wins highest honors and is recognized for its focus on providing incredible opportunities for architecture, recreation, community gathering and celebration of nature at the 47th annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Awards luncheon on June 10, 2010. Martis Camp was honored as the only property this year to win three Grand Awards: Best Residential Community of the Year, Best Private Recreational Facility for the design of the Family Barn, and Best Site Plan of the Year. Martis Camp was also recognized with a Merit Award for its Family Barn Cabins.

The oldest and largest program of its kind, PCBC Gold Nuggets honor creative achievements in architectural design and land use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects throughout 14 western states and international countries. Grand Award winners emerged from the Award of Merit honorees in each category. A panel of six industry professionals from across the country reviewed 440 entries in 47 categories. Winners emerged from western states and from Australia, Canada, China, Dubai, France, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. Martis Camp was the only project to win three Grand Awards. Martis Camp was awarded Gold Nugget Grand Awards in the following categories:

* Best Residential Detached Community of the Year: Martis Camp Community

* Best Public/Private Recreational Use Facility: Martis Camp Family Barn

* Best Community Site Plan over 20 Acres: Martis Camp Development

“From the very beginning, the entire development, architecture and construction team shared such passion for our project, and now after superb execution we have an amazing community to show for it with an overwhelmingly positive response from the marketplace,” said Mark Johnson, general manager of Martis Camp. “We are grateful for the PCBC Gold Nugget awards. What a tremendous accomplishment and well-deserved recognition for the entire Martis Camp team who won more Grand Awards this year than any other project.”

The team includes: John Sather, partner at Swaback Partners, Architects. This brings the total of number of Grand Gold Nugget Awards to 19 for Swaback Partners, including one International Award of Merit and one Judges Special Award of Excellence. John Hayhoe, Hayhoe Construction, contractor of the Family Barn, Gatehouse and Camp Lodge; Jim Morrison, Jim Morrison Construction, contractor of the Family Barn Cabins; Ron Todd, consulting architect and land planner with the developer of Martis Camp, DBM/Highlands Group, LLC. Some excerpts from the judges statements:

“This enclave of family vacation homes in Truckee, Calif., was thoughtful in design, planning and construction. ”

“At full build out, less than 10 percent of the project will be developed with over 85 percent left as native vegetation/open space and all community buildings LEED Certified.”

“Creating homes that have a distinctive mountain recreational feel that are ideally suited to family activities with minimal square footage and significant amount of useful outdoor living areas were the major design goals of this jewel of a project.”


About Martis Camp
Martis Camp is a private, gated community that stretches across 2,177 pristine acres in North Lake Tahoe, CA. The land plan allows for approximately 653 homesites with a mixture of estate lots averaging 1.7 acres in size and cabin lots averaging four-tenths of an acre in size. All residences are custom and follow the guidelines of the Architectural Handbook which emphasizes architectural creativity compatible with the mountain environment.

Martis Camp Club offers a vast array of amenities including the Family Barn complex with a summer swimming venue, bowling alley, art loft, movie theater, indoor basketball court, soda fountain and outdoor performance stage and amphitheatre; Martis Camp Club also offers members direct ski access from Martis Camp to Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort via the Martis Camp Express quad lift and an 18 hole Tom Fazio golf course; an 18-hole putting park designed by Dick Bailey; a planned Camp Lodge with dining venues, club spa and fitness center, locker rooms and vitality pools; Folk School; Lost Library; 26 miles of planned private trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and a planned warming hut at the base of Lookout Mountain.

About DMB Highlands Group, LLC
DMB/Highlands Group, LLC, is comprised of two of the country’s premier recreational-residential community developers, DMB and Highlands Investment Group, and is responsible for the creation of Martis Camp and the Hopkins Village projects located in North Lake Tahoe, Placer County, Calif. The Partnership brings a rare combination of entrepreneurial spirit, environmental stewardship, architectural integrity and financial strength to the Truckee North Tahoe area.

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