2018 Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 Best Practice Award Winners

A special thank you to all who submitted projects for consideration. The selection committees, impartial judges comprised of subject experts in each category, would like to emphasize the difficulty of choosing one winning project as all submissions demonstrated exemplary work.



Overall Best Practice Award Winner: Best Practice in Construction Delivery


  • CSU Sacramento| Parking Structure V

    This unique precast construction method for Parking Structure V was coordinated and executed using the Collaborative Design Build delivery method, with the benefit of the Architect and Contractor working cohesively as a team along with the campus, to achieve the desired project scope and budget. Working with Clark Pacific as a team member, the Campus was able to take advantage of its experience working with precast systems as a means of providing a finished parking structure with minimal impact. This meant nearly all structural components and façade elements were able to be fabricated off-site in their entirety and then brought to the job site to be erected. Using this method minimized the amount of time the project disrupted students, faculty and staff, and decreased the overall project duration significantly. Prior to the decision to utilize the precast delivery method, the estimated construction time of the six-story 550,000-square-foot structure was 18 to 24 months. However, by using the precast method, the project was completed in less than 12 months.

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Best Practice in Architecture and Engineering


  • CSU Northridge | Extended University Commons

    The Extended University Commons building provides students with advanced technology and connects them to Technology-Enhanced, Active-Learning (TEAL) experiences. It projects a sleek, modern vibe that incorporates human scale with a ground-floor base of warm-colored campus brick, along with an interior courtyard, a covered forecourt and an open plaza with seating and night lighting. The new facility takes advantage of the local climate with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces formed by the building’s courtyard design, creating biophilic design elements of breezes, shade and shadow where students, faculty and staff can gather. The innovative TEAL classroom features the latest technology, such as the new "we-inspire system," which allows students and other users (such as faculty groups and conference attendees) to collaborate and show their work on the room’s whiteboard from their own workstations.

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Best Energy Retrofit

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  • CSU Los Angeles| Salazar Hall Lighting Retrofit adn Monitoring Base Retro-Commissioning

    This project was selected due to its whole-building approach in addressing energy efficiency. The retrofit looked holistically at the building as a system, and as a result, tackled lighting, mechanical equipment and automation improvements to generate energy savings on multiple fronts. This included upgrading light fixtures to LED, constant-volume dual duct boxes to dual-damper variable air volume boxes and programming in the building automation systems to use DDC zone feedback to optimize air handler operations. This comprehensive approach results in projected savings of 937 MWh/year and 75,743 therms/year. With utility incentives factored in, it also results in a simple payback of less than one year, making it a highly effective project.

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Best Environmental Health and Saftey


  • CSU San Marcos| Complete Ergonomics Program - Funding, Partners, and Success

    In August 2016, CSU San Marcos’ Safety, Health and Sustainability department initiated an aggressive, diligent and industrious human engineering project, which retooled the ergonomic program. The primary focus was on mitigating employee discomfort related to repetitive motion injury (RMI) and on collaboration with other campus stakeholder departments. Through FY2017-18 the upgraded program resulted in measureable improvements by contributing to the reduction in the incidents of ergonomically related repetitive motion RMIs. This program enhanced its collaborative efforts between Facilities Services and Planning Design & Construction. Additionally, the program includes a mechanism that enables departments to be proactive in mitigating injuries with funding assistance provided by Safety, Health & Sustainability.

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Best Facilities/Physical Plant Operations


  • CSU Fullerton | Shelter in Place-Hardware Replacement Phase 1-3

    Goals and Strategies: The main goal for this project is to address the immediate need to lock down classrooms in case of a potential active shooter scenario. The campus Lock Shop formulated a plan to convert door hardware in classrooms and labs campus-wide to allow students, faculty and staff the ability to secure doors from the inside without possessing a key or any specialized knowledge. The University Police Department identified about 450 rooms as critical with approximatley 425 completed thus far and the remaining 25 in need of major renovation, which is set for phase four.

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Best Student Achievement in the Physical Environment


  • CSU Sacramento | Feeding Knowledge, Filling Bellies: Our Students' Garden

    • As a solution to combat food scarcity as an impediment to the educational process, Sacramento State students developed and built a garden to provide fresh food for their fellow students. Building on campus programs already in place to meet students’ basic needs, the garden is a solution by students to ensure all Sacramento State students, especially those lacking the resources to provide themselves with nourishment, have full bellies and fewer worries. The produce from this garden is donated to the Pop-Up Pantry, which is held free of charge three times per month during the semester, serving 500 students at each event or 4,500 donations each semester.

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Best Practice in Sustainability


  • CSU Northridge | Launching a Dockless Bikeshare Program

    The start of the spring 2018 Semester marked the launch of a Dockless Bikeshare program at CSUN. Staff from Facilities Planning and Associated Students worked with LimeBike to coordinate the deployment and management of 400 dockless, GPS-enabled bicycles, available to all campus users for just $0.50. The effort stemmed from CSUN's Climate Action Plan, and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by addressing the first-last mile challenge for commuting students and employees. Thorough inter-departmental communication ensured that all campus concerns could be addressed, and custom solutions were devised and implemented to meet CSUN’s specific needs

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You can find previously submitted projects by clicking the links below:
2018 Best Practice Award Submissions
2016 Best Practice Award Submissions

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