At the 2008 PCBC show, projects judged the "Best in the West"—and internationally—were honored with a Gold Nugget Award. Now in its 45th year, the Gold Nugget Awards program is a centerpiece at PCBC, honoring creative achievements in architectural design and land-use planning for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Projects from 14 different Western states are considered, along with international entries.

BUILDER magazine, the competition's co-sponsor and ra's sister publication, will feature coverage of Gold Nugget Award winners in its August 2008 print edition. Meanwhile, to view all winning projects, download the 2008 Winners Book in PDF format at

The judges for the 2008 Gold Nugget Awards were: Ken Agid, principal, The Marketing Department; Barry Berkus, AIA, Berkus Design Studio; Tom Doucette, president, Doucette Homes; Randal Jackson, principal, The Planning Center; Jenny Sullivan, senior editor, BUILDER magazine; Matthew J. Tippell, principal, Maximilian Development Co.; and Bill Watt, president, Baywood Development Group.