JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), home to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator(LACI) and LADWP, is among the five finalists chosen for the Rudy Bruner Award's 2017 Gold and Silver medal prizes. The Gold Medalist will receive $50,000 and four Silver Medalists will each receive $10,000 to enhance their projects. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, RBA is a biennial design award recognizing transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Seventy-eight projects in 27 states have been honored since its founding.
In 2007, JFAK's LA Design Center was awarded the Silver medal prize.
RBA entries comprise completed projects across the contiguous United States. Finalists and medalists are chosen by a nationwide committee of urban experts through an in-depth evaluation process involving input from the award application, site visits, interviews with project participants and community members, and committee discussions.
Next month, RBA staff will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in June. A Metropolis magazine POV blog series will document these visits, giving readers close-up experiences with each of the sites.
Alice Kimm shares, "The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence honors projects that shape our cities in a positive way. For LKIC - LACI and many city agencies, in addition to JFAK and countless others, helped an almost impossible project come to life. Everyone who occupies the campus is making a difference. We are thrilled and honored to be a finalist for the RBA!"