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Woodbridge garners top honors
Del Webbs Manteca neighborhood impresses BIA
Del Webb at Woodbridge in Manteca. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The nation’s largest homebuilder’s Bay Area Division took top honors in ten separate categories at the 33rd annual Building Industry Association’s MAME Awards.

The annual Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards were presented by the Bay Area Building Industry Association at a reception at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley Saturday evening.
PulteGroup won ten separate categories, including the crown jewel of the evening – community of the year – which was awarded to Woodbridge by Del Webb.

“Receiving a MAME award is considered to be the most prestigious award in our industry,” said Paul Renker, Vice President of Sales for the company’s Bay Area Division.  “We are so honored to receive top honors in so many categories and especially thrilled to have two of our Bay Area communities acknowledged.”

Woodbridge by Del Webb, the company’s 55+ community in Manteca, was named Community of the Year in the competition.  The community, which has sold more than 500 homes since opening in October 2006, has been a top performer in the area in terms of overall homes built in the past three years.  Woodbridge also was awarded a MAME for best signage.

The hallmark of the community is its 12-acre lifestyle amenity park, complete with a two-acre catch-and- release fishing lake, walking/biking trails, bocce, basketball and tennis courts, 18-hole professional putting course and the Del Webb Softball Field with spectator seating, concession stand and electronic scoreboard.  The community’s 28,000-square-foot Lakeview Clubhouse features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, spas and running/walking track, billiards, club and craft rooms, community living room and retreat, multi-purpose rooms, demonstration kitchen, and outdoor barbecue and fire pit areas.  A dramatic, 60-foot clock tower accentuates the recreation center entrance, serving as a centerpiece in a community with Norman Rockwell style architecture.

Also receiving honors is Zephyr Gate by Pulte Homes, named Green Community of the Year.

Located just three minutes from San Francisco in Oakland, Zephyr Gate is a stylish three-story townhome neighborhood with convenient BART station access. The 130 sleek, innovative, high-tech residences are sensitive to the environment with “Green Point” rated features.

Zephyr Gate demonstrates smart use of materials with the use of the repurposed canopy from a local historical train station; recycled concrete, pervious valley gutters, ENERGY STAR® roof trusses and membranes, high efficiency irrigation systems, and recycled water use combined with drought resistant landscaping.  Inside, homebuyers enjoy cost savings combined with environmental consideration with ENERGY STAR® appliances, efficient heating and air systems, low volatile organic compound paint, and highly desirable bamboo and concrete flooring.
The Building Industry Association of the Bay Area is a non-profit Association comprised of more than 500 companies in the home building industry. Its members include home builders, trade contractors, suppliers and related industry professionals based in the San Francisco Bay Area and adjoining coastal areas.

Judges for the MAME Awards are gathered from a variety of industry related sources, outside of the Bay Area to tour communities, review submitted entries, and interview sales associates and others in the running.