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REDWOOD CITY, California—June 27, 2014—At the high-energy, 51st Annual Gold Nugget Awards, DES Architects + Engineers earned the Grand Award, in the Interior Renovations category, for GoDaddy’s new Silicon Valley headquarters. DES also earned an Award of Merit for the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute in the Education category. The competition receives hundreds of entries from throughout the United States and internationally.

“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. Selected from the pool of Merit Award winners, the Grand Awards were announced on June 26 in San Francisco as the highlight of the PCBC, the nation’s largest regional conference for the real estate development field.

“The whole project team — DES, GCI Contractors, and GoDaddy — is thrilled to receive this recognition,” says Melissa Cole, Project Designer for GoDaddy’s space. “It’s great to have clients that want to push the boundaries on workplace design, and this animated space certainly did.”

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For GoDaddy’s first full-fledged presence in Silicon Valley, the DES team strived to create a unique, culture-inspired workplace — a vision that went beyond GoDaddy’s standards and pushed their workplace design forward. Accented by colorful and outdoor-inspired materials, their new Silicon Valley outpost complements the company’s lively culture and mobile workforce.

Located on UC Irvine’s campus, the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute’s provides a landmark, program-driven building to support the University in developing and delivering next-generation care. With increased staff productivity and higher patient satisfaction, Dr. Roger Steinert, Director of the Eye Institute, stated the quality of the facility far exceeded expectations.

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 600 entries from around the world.

About DES Architects + Engineers

For over 40 years, DES Architects + Engineers has designed working, learning, and healing environments for our clients.  As a full-service design firm headquartered in Redwood City, California, DES provides creative and sustainable solutions that serve the needs of municipal, healthcare, education, development, and science and technology clients.