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Building IndustryCommunity Spirit Awards

Judges Statement::

The Samueli Academy is an innovative public charter school whose vision is to serve foster youth and disadvantaged youth. This vision is inspired

by the fact that over 30% of foster children end up homeless within 18 months of aging out of the foster care system.

The Dhont Community Center is the anchor building for residential housing that will be incorporated into the Samueli Academy. Since the development of residential

housing was delayed due to regulatory issues Lennar Homes and HomeAid Orange County stepped up to build the facility, which was initially estimated at a construction

cost of $1.2 million, charitably.

The end result was the completion of the building far sooner than would have ever been possible with donations from HomeAid, Lennar, and its trade contractors

exceeding $400,000.

The project was a unique accomplishment as a commercial building completed by a Residential Home Builder under a charitable model. 

The project includes a medical clinic and additionally was designed by LPA to meet all the requirements for LEED certification. Unique sustainable elements of the

building design include:


Catch basin designed to capture rain water for use in site irrigation 


Solatubes located through building for energy efficient lighting


Roof is solar ready and is placed correct angle and orientation


Building materials are low VOC with high recycled content

Grand Awards

Dhont Community Center - Samueli


Santa Ana, CA


Lennar Homes


HomeAid Orange County, Inc.


LPA Inc. Orange County

Photographer: John Duy Nguyen

Award of Merit

Operation Renovation | Giving Back to

Hometown Heroes

Spring Valley, CA


REIG Companies

Potter’s Lane

Midway City, CA


American Family Housing


SVA Architects, Inc.

2015 Central Valley St. Jude Dream


Clovis, CA


De Young Properties


William Hezmalhalch / Michael Rupard, AIA /

TK Design &Architecture, Inc.

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