Vanir Project Wins CMAA Chapter Award!

Vanir is excited to announce that Playa Vista Elementary School (CRES #22) has won a 2013 Project Achievement Award from the Southern California Chapter of CMAA.  The project won in the Education category for projects with a construction value of $11 – $50 million.  Vanir was honored at an awards ceremony held on March 27, 2013 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Project Achievement Awards are highly competitive and recognize excellence in construction and program management.  The Judges Committee is composed of owners and professionals in the construction management industry that consider outcomes, overall management, safety, quality management, cost management, schedule management, complexity, innovation and creativity, as well as customer satisfaction as the basis for the awards. 

Playa Vista is a 63,450 square foot campus that seats 650 students.  It consists of three buildings of recycled structural steel that are linked by an open entry plaza with an interior courtyard providing a learning landscape.  The project was initially designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, but will likely achieve LEED Platinum due to many environmentally friendly and sustainable features.

Despite several unique construction challenges, including a 275 percent above normal rainfall in December 2010, Vanir was able to meet the “kids in seats” deadline – a critical element for any LAUSD project.  The impact of the delays was significantly minimized by cooperation between the team, open communication, innovation and creativity.  This open attitude was also extended to the surrounding community through the use of social media and learning opportunities where community members could become informed and involved.

This is the second award for this project, which previously won the 2010 Westside Urban Forum Award for Change in Urban Landscapes.