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2016 Q Award Recipient

Westfield Corporation for
The Village at Westfield Topanga

Woodland Hills, CA – The Alliance for Quality Construction (AQC) presented the 2016 Q Award to the Westfield Corporation for its development of The Village at Westfield Topanga. The presentation event was held on June 16, 2016 at the XOC Tequila Grill located within The Village at Westfield Topanga. Accepting the award was Larry Green, Westfield Corporation’s Senior Vice President of Development.

The XOC Tequila Grill event began with a video showing the past Q Award recipients along with this year’s Village at Westfield Topanga. After the opening video, emcee Barry Garfield asked the many labor and sub-contractor representatives to stand, introduce themselves and briefly describe their involvement with the building of The Village. Construction industry representatives who spoke beamed with pride at the ‘finished product.’

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.

AQC Chair, Pam Ackrich was called upon to present Larry Green and the Westfield Corporation the 2016 Q Award. Ackrich read aloud the inscription on the award, “Presented to the Westfield Corporation for the Village at Westfield Topanga for their outstanding contribution toward the attainment of quality construction within the building industry of Southern California.” She then presented the award to Mr. Green who was visibly elated with such an honor.

After the conclusion of the award ceremony, Pam Ackrich said, “It is incredibly impressive how the many union trades work simultaneously in unison with each other to create and build such a quality project like the Village at Westfield Topanga. The construction of this project is visually self evident of the skills of union craftsmanship and is well deserving of the Q Award.”

Photo Gallery
Photos Winnk by Katy Winn, Westfield Corp., and J. Arthur & Associates

2016 Q Award

(Left to right) Pam Ackrich-AQC Chair; Kevin Taylor, Representative L.A. City Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office; Bob Blumenfield, L.A. City Councilman 3rd District; Larry Green, Senior Vice President Westfield Corporation; Ron Miller, LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council, and; Scott Abrams, District Director for Congressman Brad Sherman.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield
and Larry Green

Kevin Taylor representing
Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti

AQC Chair Pam Ackrich, Rex Calderon-Senior Project Manager at Westfield Corporation, Larry Green, and Molly Unger-Senior General Manager at Westfield Corporation.

Ron Miller-Executive Secretary
LA/OC Building Trades Council

Congressman Sherman representative
Scott Abrams and Larry Green

Westfield Corporation
Senior Vice President Larry Green

Pam Ackrich presenting the 2016 Q Award
to Larry Green

Emcee Barry Garfield
LA/OC Building Trades News

Various subcontractors

Guests at the 2016 Q Award presentation and luncheon at the XOC Tequila Grill


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