Truckee architecture firm receives top ranking |

Truckee architecture firm receives top ranking

photo courtesy Ted Brobst

The California Department of Parks and Recreation recently ranked Ward-Young Architecture and Planning the most qualified firm to provide architectural services for upcoming State Parks projects from more than 70 firms submitting qualifications from around the state and country. Truckee andamp;#8211; The local firm of Ward-Young Architecture andamp; Planning submitted a Statement of Qualifications in January in response to the California State Parks Request for Qualifications for Architectural Services for projects in Northern California. In late March, Ward-Young was notified of being andamp;#8220;short-listedandamp;#8221; as one of the top five firms having submitted qualifications. Ward-Young Principals Don Fulda and Larry Young, Associate Ron Larkins and Business Development Manager Heather Griffin attended the an interview in Sacramento interview and was notified of being the most highly qualified firm by the Department of Parks and Recreation. This selection will enable Ward-Young to enter into a two-year andamp;#8220;Master Agreementandamp;#8221; for architectural services for State Parks projects.There are nearly 200 state parks and beaches in the northern California area administered and managed by the Northern Service Center of the Department of Parks and Recreation. This encompasses an area as far south as the Montana de Oro State Park on the coast, to Angel Island State Park in the San Francisco Bay, to Emerald Bay State Park, to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Firm President Larry Young said, andamp;#8220;We were competing with many of the most highly regarded architectural firms in the state and country. We were thrilled to have been included in the short-list of five firms and stunned when we were notified of being the top ranked firm. This recognition is really a tribute to our creative and knowledgeable staff. The good news is that the State Parks’ interview panel and selection team recognized the outstanding design, expertise and service our firm provides. The bad news is with the state budget problems, we don’t know if any projects will be funded.andamp;#8221;Ward-Young’s relevant park projects include the recently completed Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the South Entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park (expecting to receive LEED Platinum certification), the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District’s River View Sports Park (awarded the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts award for andamp;#8220;Best New Recreation Facilityandamp;#8221; in the State of California in 2004), Zephyr Cove Resort Campground andamp; RV Park (awarded andamp;#8220;Best in the Basin for Excellence in the Recreation Categoryandamp;#8221; by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in 2003), the North Tahoe Beach Center at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center renovation at Lake Tahoe. Ward-Young Architecture and Planning was established in the Tahoe-Truckee area in 1977 for the purpose of providing comprehensive architectural services for projects requiring creative solutions in response to special needs, in environmentally sensitive sites, and where community concerns may influence project viability. The firm has offices in Truckee and Lafayette. Ward-Young has established a record of designing a wide variety of successful projects and has been recognized with national and regional awards for design excellence.For more information, visit

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