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    Dates, New Venue and Trending Theme Set for Upcoming Building Industry Show

    BIASC To Focus on Innovation at Annual Event


    IRVINE, Calif. – April 17, 2018 – The Building Industry Association of Southern California will host its annual Building Industry Show Oct. 3-4, 2018, at the spectacular Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

    The theme of the event will be INNOVATION. Builders, exhibitors and other top thought leaders will share their expertise in traditional and breakthrough technologies to bring next-generation solutions to the marketplace.

    “We are bringing a very large trade show with over 1,000 participants, to a new five-star resort hotel destination. Pechanga is rolling out the red carpet for us, so this won’t be a typical trade show, but an experience,” said Jeff Montejano, CEO of the BIASC.

    This year’s show will feature five-star keynote speakers, cutting-edge exhibitors, an evening hosted by Ketel One Vodka, and an ‘80s rooftop party with special musical guests in Pechanga’s well-known Eagles Nest club. In addition, there will be other entertainment and dining options available throughout the venue.

    With a $285-million remodel and expansion, Pechanga is now twice the size and one of Southern California’s most exciting event destinations.

    “We’re taking this year’s show to the next level with renewed excitement and value beyond the show floor. Our industry has changed over the years and our show must reflect that change,” added Jeff.

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) is the voice of the region’s building industry, with four chapters offering localized services to building professionals from Ventura to the southern tip of Orange County. Throughout its 90-year history, the association has served its builder and associate members by anticipating, protecting and promoting their common interests through its many programs, services, councils and committees. 


    For more information on BIASC, visit



     April 17, 2018
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    BIASC Names Jeff Montejano as New Chief Executive Officer see more


    January 10, 2018                                                                    

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    BIASC Names Jeff Montejano as New Chief Executive Officer

    IRVINE, Calif., January 10th, 2018 – The Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. is pleased to announce Jeff Montejano as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2nd, 2018.

    For 20 years, Jeff Montejano has been involved with business, public policy, and political affairs throughout the nation, consulting for Fortune 500 companies and public agencies in the areas government, media and community relations. He previously served as President and Vice President of Public Affairs for multiple firms where he represented several industries including residential/commercial developments, transportation, and conservation.

    Montejano also consulted for Riverside County’s General Plan, transportation, and The Multispecies Habitat Plan, one of the largest land use projects in the United States. He previously served six years in the California State Legislature in multiple capacities, including Press Secretary and Chief of Staff, in addition to working on several federal and state political campaigns, including serving on a successful presidential campaign.

    “I’m truly honored to serve this extraordinary organization, and eager to work with its outstanding team and leadership throughout the Southland,” says Montejano. “This is an ideal time for the BIASC to do what it does best; representing the interests of its members and extending its advocacy to partners and stakeholders to fulfill its mission on behalf of builders, developers and contractors. I can’t wait to get started.”

    Peter Vanek, 2017 and 2018 BIASC President says “It is with great excitement and anticipation that we welcome Jeff Montejano as our BIA of Southern California Chief Executive Officer. Jeff comes to us with a wide variety of experience and brings a fresh perspective to our organization. Jeff is incredibly well connected with Southern California politics, and has a long history of building consensus in challenging environments. Jeff will make a wonderful addition to our organization in this time when the state and our industry are seeking solutions to California’s housing crises.”


    About the Building Industry Association of Southern California:

    The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) serves its builder and associate members by anticipating, protecting and promoting their common interests throughout our region.  Our mission is to ensure the ability of our members to effectively plan for, and meet, the housing and construction needs of Southern California. For additional information please feel free to contact Karissa Willette at, or by phone at (949) 777-3859.

     January 10, 2018
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    The District at the Edge Tribeca Plan Wins at the SoCal Awards Presented by the BIASC see more


    Contemporary Jewel ‘The District at the Edge’ Captures Top Design Honors at this year’s SoCal Awards

    The District at the Edge Tribeca Plan Wins Best Architectural Design of a Single Family Detached Home under 2,000 SF at the SoCal Awards Presented by the Building Industry Association of Southern California and the Greater Sales & Marketing Council

    IRVINE, Calif. (October 2, 2017) — When GHA Companies and Danielian Associated teamed up to create a dynamic new home community that would appeal to buyers looking for the “Palm Springs lifestyle” they knew that the architectural design would hold the key to its success.  Inspired by the adjacent Palm Springs’ iconic mid-century modern design and named for its location at the edge of Palm Springs and Cathedral City, The District at the Edge stands out for its desert modern design, bold color scheme, and scenic mountain views.  The Tribeca plan features a spacious open floor plan with great room and a kitchen that opens out to a large covered patio. By bringing the outside in within this small footprint, the home lives larger and make the interior spaces feel extra special.

    “We are thrilled that the vision for this project was achieved and has been met with such a resounding success,” said Tom Wong, Associate and Senior Designer at Danielian Associates.  “We have designed many great contemporary projects in our office, but The District is truly special.”  Combining a unique contemporary architectural design and open floor plans along with ample outdoor living and spectacular community’s amenities, The District at the Edge hit a home run with homebuyers and has sold out every phase released to date.

    The SoCal Awards program honors the best in architectural design, professional achievement, sales and marketing throughout Southern California.  This year’s awards were presented on September 30, 2017 at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, California.


    About Danielian Associates

    Led by a new generation of architects, Danielian Associates continues to earn esteem as one of the world’s most sought-after residential architecture and planning firms.  For nearly 50 years, the Danielian team has planned and designed trend-setting, forward-thinking homes and sustainable communities in 44 states

    For more information, please visit

     October 06, 2017
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    KTGY Receives SoCal Award and Honors for Best Architectural Designs see more

    IRVINE, CALIF. - International award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s excellence in residential design and planning have been recognized by the Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Greater Sales and Marketing Council’s 2017 SoCal Awards program. Three KTGY-designed communities received honors for the architectural design of single-family detached and multifamily rental residential communities and home plans at the SoCal Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 30th, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Los Angeles won the top award for Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Community. The SoCal Awards program honors the best in professional achievement, sales, marketing and design throughout the Southern California home building industry.

    KTGY’s award-winning designs are: 

    Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Los Angeles by Lennar Multifamily Communities

    AWARD: Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Community

    Oakwood Olympic & Olive in Los Angeles engages its context with its form, program and materiality. The project massing opens to the urban fabric, sharing the main outdoor courtyard experience with the city. Seventh-level massing peels away at the corner providing a rooftop terrace with kitchen and lounge seating. Feature sign, reminiscent of the landmark roof-top signs like those at the Rosslyn Hotel, announces the project’s location. Retail lines Olympic Blvd., enhancing the pedestrian experience. Leasing office, and townhome units line Olive Street, bringing residential to the street and concealing two levels of parking. With a Walk Score 95, Transit Score 100 and Bike Score 82, Oakwood Olympic & Olive embraces its neighborhood with bold gestures and is an example of how architectural design contributes to modern living.


    Towns at Bristol in Chino Hills by Trumark Homes

    FINALIST HONORS: Best Architectural Design – Attached Home Plan for Plan 1

    FINALIST HONORS: Best Architectural Design – Attached Home Plan for Plan 2

    Spanish and Mediterranean style architecture, pitched tile roofs, earth tone and white-washed stucco, and welcoming porches set the tone for these three-story townhomes located in Chino Hills. Guests step into the entry of plan one from the front porch, and are welcomed upstairs into the sweeping great room. Site lines from the kitchen carry through the great room to the deck, opening the space and extending the living outdoors. The pitched roof allows for additional height ceilings at the third level, creating airy and expansive bedroom spaces. Laundry placed on the third level, along with one or two additional bedrooms with the expansive master suite, adds convenience. A private ground-floor bedroom and shared full bath establish a guest retreat separate from the living spaces above. With an option for a den, owners can create a space that fits their lifestyle.

    The Trails at Baker Ranch in Lake Forest by Toll Brothers, Inc.
    FINALIST HONORS: Best Architectural Design of a Detached Home 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft. for Point Reyes Plan

    Nestled into a hillside location in Lake Forest, The Trails at Baker Ranch is a luxurious private enclave with a connection to the natural environment. Pulling influences from Tuscan, Italianate and Spanish Colonial architecture, the design mixes simple gable and hipped roof lines with stone, stucco and brick to create rustic yet refined homes. The color palette leans heavily on earthy, modest hues tying the homes to the adjacent open space. Relating to the location, these two-story homes emphasize the indoor-outdoor relationship providing covered rear loggias, private outdoor decks off the master suite and covered interior courtyards. The open and airy interiors feel modern; rich and authentic materials bring the warmth of the old-world exteriors in. Located in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, these homes are tailored for established and growing families.


    This year, the Greater Sales and Marketing Council received over 400 entries for the SoCal Awards. Six industry professionals served as judges and reviewed digital materials, interviewed over 30 sales professionals and visited 14 communities traveling more than 650 miles throughout Southern California before deciding on the award winners. For more information about the SoCal Awards, visit

    Building Industry Association’s Greater Sales and Marketing Council
    The Greater Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) is comprised of sales and marketing professionals in the homebuilding industry. The SMC is currently the largest and most viable council in the BIA. The council was established in the late ‘60s to enhance the sales and marketing capabilities and reputation of those who represent the BIA. The SMC is dedicated to developing a higher level of professionalism in the general membership through education and the interchange of ideas. The SMC’s governing body consists of a board of directors comprised builders, associates and suppliers. The SMC is committed to education, programs, membership, awards and community service. See

    About KTGY Architecture + Planning
    Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Call 888.456.KTGY or visit

     October 09, 2017
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    TRI Pointe Homes Receives Builder of the Year Award by Builder and Developer Magazine see more

    IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TRI Pointe Homes has received the Builder of the Year Award by Builder and Developer magazine, the management resource for professional homebuilders nationwide. The Builder of the Year Award is Builder and Developer’s highest yearly honor and is voted on by readers of the influential building magazine.


    “TRI Pointe Homes is honored to win this award from Builder and Developer and its readers,” said Tom Mitchell, TRI Pointe Group President and COO. “We are proud of our achievements and share this award with all of our team members in California and Colorado where TRI Pointe Homes builds. Each team member brings a passion that has contributed to our success building homes and communities that enhance the lives of our homeowners.”


    Originally founded in 2009 by industry veterans Doug Bauer, Tom Mitchell, and Mike Grubbs, TRI Pointe Homes went public in 2013, making them the first homebuilder to do so since 2004. This was followed in 2014 by TRI Pointe Homes’ completed acquisition of one of the biggest deals in homebuilding history with the purchase of Weyerhaeuser’s homebuilding subsidiary. In 2015, the company rebranded as TRI Pointe Group, with TRI Pointe Homes becoming one of the company’s six regional homebuilding brands.


    Since its inception, TRI Pointe Homes has built more than 60 communities that deliver innovative single-family homes and townhomes in key markets including Southern California, Northern California and Colorado. The company has deep managerial talent, averaging over 20 years of experience, with key local relationships that support tailored growth strategies.


    “We are thrilled that our readers voted TRI Pointe Homes the Builder of the Year for 2016,” said Genevieve Smith, editor of Builder and Developer magazine. “Not only does it give us the chance to feature the exceptional work that TRI Pointe does, but we get the opportunity to work with their wonderful team, which is always a pleasure and I’m sure is part of the secret of their success.”


    Throughout the years, TRI Pointe Homes has garnered numerous accolades. This year, Southern California Division President Tom Grable was named Builder of the Year by the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), a recognition he says is a “reflection of a total team effort, all throughout our organization”. TRI Pointe Homes Northern California received several honors at the 2016 Homebuyers’ Choice Awards, was ranked No. 1 nationally for Construction Experience and Customer Service Experience, and ranked second in The Purchase Experience and Overall First-Year Quality in the high-volume builder segment by Eliant, the building industry’s largest consumer research company. TRI Pointe Homes Colorado was honored as the 2016 winner of the Home Builder and Associates in Partnership (HAP) Award in the National Production Builder category by the Home Builders Association (HBA) Metro Denver for the second year in a row.


    “Think Renew Inspire is our mantra that drives us to think about what home can be, renew our passion for the families we serve, and inspire each other to go well beyond the expected,” said Mitchell. “We’re excited to be recognized for our past achievements and are looking ahead. By the end of 2018, we plan to open 40 new TRI Pointe Homes communities, growing our deliveries 33% from 2016”.


    About TRI Pointe Homes


    TRI Pointe Homes designs, constructs, and sells single-family homes and townhomes. Founded on more than a century of combined real estate industry experience, the award-winning company focuses on building quality master-planned and urban infill communities throughout Southern California, Northern California, and Colorado. Dedicated to insightful design and superior craftsmanship, the company is setting a new standard in homebuilding and customer experience. TRI Pointe Homes is a member of TRI Pointe Group (NYSE: TPH), a family of premium regional homebuilders. TRI Pointe Group is one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S and was recently recognized as 2015 Builder of the Year and 2014 Developer of the Year. For more information about TRI Pointe Homes, please visit


    About Builder and Developer


    For 27 years, Builder and Developer magazine has been the management resource for professional homebuilders nationwide, providing up-to-date news and information about the housing market as it pertains to home building and the U.S. housing business.



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     January 04, 2017