Daybreak named 2019 Master Planned Community of the Year
[SOUTH JORDAN, UT] Over the past decade, the Daybreak community has received no small amount of recognition from industry associations such as the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Home Builders. On May 31, it added something new to the trophy case: a PCBC Gold Nugget Award for Master Planned Community of the Year.
Every year, the Gold Nugget Awards recognize the top innovators in home and community design, planning, and development. From a pool of about 600 U.S. and international entries, judges select merit winners and one grand winner in over 50 categories, including various housing types, architecture, renovation, site planning and so forth. But perhaps the most prestigious award is Master Planned Community of the Year.
So, why did Gold Nugget judges pick Daybreak as its top community for 2019?
It turns out there were many reasons. The judges referred to Daybreak’s excellent accessibility, thanks to its light rail stations and its location straddling the Salt Lake Valley’s Mountain View Corridor. They praised the variety and unique beauty of Daybreak’s homes, and how they’re “woven into a tapestry of community pride.” They loved how Daybreak has been designed to inspire a healthy lifestyle, with restaurants, shops, schools and gathering places mixed into a community plan crisscrossed with over 30 miles of trails. They even talked about the amphitheater “that comes alive with summer evening concerts.”
And this isn’t Daybreak’s only award this year. The Gold Nuggets also gave merit honors to Daybreak’s SoDa Row district in the category of Best Mixed Use Development. And in February, the National Association of Home Builders named the Hub — the combination café, neighborhood pool and information center in Daybreak’s Upper Villages — as Best Sales/Information Center among entrants from across the U.S. and Canada.
Now in its fifteenth year, Daybreak is acclaimed as a national model for how to create a place that promotes healthy living, contributes to a strong economy, and enriches everyday lives. And Daybreak Communities, the company responsible for Daybreak’s ongoing development, is being recognized as a thought leader whose innovative ideas are influencing development in Utah and beyond.
As Gold Nugget judges wrote in their award statement, “Daybreak has been quietly and confidently defining what community means for years, and it continues to inspire others to take place-making to new heights.”
About the company
Daybreak Communities is dedicated to the art and science of placemaking. The core team was originally brought together to create Daybreak in the Salt Lake Valley. The result: a national model of sustainable mixed-use development, which is well into its second decade of market-leading growth and sales. Now Daybreak Communities is expanding its reach, bringing its unique approach to the rest of Utah and the Mountain States region. Ours is a holistic viewpoint. A hypersensitivity to context. A careful consideration of every factor. Above all, we believe in the transformative power of design to create exceptional value for all stakeholders — property owners who care about their legacy, investors and development partners committed to making great places, and communities looking to grow in healthy new ways.