AQC Chair, Pam Ackrich said, “It’s extraordinary how these craftspeople are full of pride with the completion of The Village at Westfield Topanga. Some of them even brought their families through this development to show the result of their labor and skills.”
Special guests to address the Q Award attendees included Bob Blumenfield-Los Angeles City Councilman 3rd District, Kevin Taylor representing Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ron Miller-Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council, and Scott Abrams-District Director for Congressman Brad Sherman.
The Village at Westfield Topanga was a culmination of years of planning, but took only 17 months to construct. Larry Green said he was impressed with how local officials worked together with Westfield and the planning process included 200 meetings. According to Mr. Green, “This complex project could not have been completed on time and within budget without the union construction trades.”
This $350 million 30-acre project is considered the first open-air lifestyle destination in the San Fernando Valley. The project provided nearly 2,000 construction jobs, and it is anticipated to provide 2,000 permanent jobs. The development also earned a Silver LEED certification. One needs only to stroll through the Village to experience the architecture, planning, quality of union craftsmanship and all that is deserving of the prestigious Q Award.
Councilman Blumenfield said of the Village, “This is a partnership with Westfield, L.A. City, and the community. This all-union project was built fast but right.” Blumenfield was grateful to Westfield for having extraordinary vision and contributing to the vitality of Los Angeles. Ron Miller was also impressed with this development. “Every trade is showcased with this project. This project started during the recession and Westfield stepped up,” said Miller.
Emcee Barry Garfield introduced Westfield’s Larry Green to a thundering applause from the near 200 guests. Mr. Green proceeded to play two videos shown on screens surrounding the venue. The first video was a high angle time-lapse of the Village at Westfield Topanga from breaking ground through the project’s completion. The second video highlighted the Village along with interviews of delighted patrons of the new shopping development. Thereafter, Los Angeles City Mayor Garcetti’s representative Kevin Taylor presented Mr. Green with a certificate of appreciation. Scott Abrams from Congressman Sherman’s office presented Green with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.
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