Awards

Emerging Planning and Design Firm, Award of Excellence 
APA Northern California Section, APA Inland Empire Section, 2014

Raimi + Associates received the 2014 Emerging Planning and Design Firm Award of Excellence from both the Northern California and Inland Empire Sections of the American Planning Association. The award is recognition of our eight years of work helping local governments plan for the urban challenges of the 21st century with innovative ideas around sustainability, health, equity and design. We thank our fellow consultants and clients who played an integral role in the success of our projects throughout California. 

The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles Interactive Website 
"Innovative Use of Technology" Award, APA Los Angeles Section, 2014

The Los Angeles Health Atlas and interactive website is a comprehensive analysis of health, the built environment, and socio-demographic conditions in Los Angeles. The website provides interactive maps of over 100 health criteria and conditions throughout L.A., giving users an easy-to-understand visual analysis of health issues and inequities in the state’s largest city. The health analysis is the data foundation for the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles, a new Health and Wellness Element that will provide public health guidelines for future growth and development.  

Inglewood Energy and Climate Action Plan 
"Innovation in Green Community Planning" Award, APA Los Angeles Section, 2014

The Inglewood Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) is an implementation-oriented strategy that addresses energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. The plan also estimates the co-benefits of the energy and GHG reductions in terms of variables such as vehicle miles traveled, costs savings, water savings, waste savings, climate adaption benefits, and health benefits to underscore the financial and environmental benefits of sustainability planning

Orange Line BRT Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan 
"Sustainability Award" Honorable Mention, Southern California Association of Governments, 2014

The Orange Line BRT Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan identifies and prioritizes physical improvements for 14 station areas along LA Metro’s Orange Line. Our neighborhood-scale approach to sustainability included such diverse topics as transit service, bicycle access, pedestrian access, land use changes, roadway improvements, streetscape guidance, healthy food access, and enhanced community facilities. Special thanks to our sub-consultants Nelson\Nygaard and Reconnecting America. 

City of Delano Health and Sustainability Element
"Innovation in Green Community Planning," Outstanding Planning Award, 2014

The City of Delano and Raimi + Associates teamed up to prepare a single Element for the General Plan that address both public health and sustainability.  The process involved a significant public outreach and participation effort and the plan included many topics addressing the community’s top priorities such as reducing exposure to tobacco and second hand smoke, increasing access to healthy foods, and improving walkability and park safety.  

International Boulevard TOD Plan: APANorthern California Grassroots Projects Award and State APA Award of Merit  R+A’s International Boulevard Transit-Oriented Development Plan for the City of Oakland recently won the 2011 Northern California APA Section Grassroots Project Award. The award reflects the interactive, community-based process that informed the Plan. The project also received recognition from the State APA and was presented an Award of Merit. Raimi + Associates would like to thank Sargent Town Planning, Transform, the City of Oakland, and particularly the residents of International Boulevard, without whose insights and efforts this project could not have happened

West Hollywood General Plan: APA Grassroots Project Award The West Hollywood General Plan, for which Raimi + Associates was the primary consultant, recently won the 2011 Los Angeles Section APA Award for Innovation in Green Planning as well as Small Jurisdiction Comprehensive Plan. R+A’s work promoted green building and sustainability, standards for walkable urban design, sensitive transitions between corridors and neighborhoods, preservation of West Hollywood’s diverse, bohemian character, and a focus on design solutions for change areas of the City.

South Gate General Plan:  Beacon Award
In 2011, the City of South Gate was accepted to participate in the Beacon Award: Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change program. This award was based on the City's General Plan 2035. Raimi + Associates' completed the City of South Gate's Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan as part of the City's general plan update. The Beacon Award recognizes and celebrates cities and counties that adopt policies and programs that address climate change; reduce greenhouse emissions and save energy; and promote sustainability.

Florence-Firestone Vision Plan: SCAG Award of Excellence
Florence-Firestone is an area of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Its challenges include high poverty and unemployment, deteriorated public infrastructure and streetscapes, and blight. Incorporating an extensive community outreach process, R+A drafted a Vision Plan for the community that received SCAG's 2010 Award of Excellence.

City of South Gate: Los Angeles APA Public Outreach and Participation Award
Raimi + Associates, The Transportation and Land Use Collaborative and the City of South Gate were bestowed the 2007 Award for Public Outreach and Participation by the Los Angeles American Planning Association Chapter. The project was honored with the award due to the high level of public participation that occurred during the General Plan update and the creative and interactive nature of the public workshops. Read more here