The Pierce earns prestigious Jim Fox Golden Nail Award

Architect Steinberg and developer Sales Regis receive honor for SoFA apartment complex


SAN JOSE – The Pierce apartment complex in the SoFA District received the Jim Fox Golden Nail Award for outstanding architecture.


David Hart, CEO of Steinberg, the designer, and Sebastian Grillo, construction manager for Sares Regis, the developer, received the award from Steve Cox, president and CEO of HPC Architecture, Inc. and chair of the Downtown Design Committee of the San Jose Downtown Association, at SJDA’s Year-in-Review meeting today.


The guidelines for the Jim Fox Golden Nail Award read in part that the development must “demonstrate exemplary skill in resolution of formal, functional, and contextual requirements” and “uplift the character of the neighborhood and add a new legacy for future downtowners to appreciate,” Cox said.


“The Pierce fulfills that lofty criteria, and then some,” Cox added.


The Pierce features a strong pedestrian presence as it faces Parque de los Pobladores in SoFA and The Voxel Cloud artwork by Brian Brush on the rooftop, delighting passersby along Interstate 280, Cox said. Guest amenity areas, thoughtful design of the apartments and public leasing gallery attracted the committee’s praise, Cox said.


“This was a fun project,” Hart said.  “We’re proud to be an integral part of downtown’s transformation.  Let’s keep it going.”


The award is named for Jim Fox, the principal at Saratoga Capital for many years, and a man who was instrumental in making Downtown San Jose what it is today, developing or restoring the Hotel De Anza, Sainte Claire building, 33 South 3rd apartments, Zanotto’s, Dohrmann and Saratoga Capital buildings.  Kathleen Fox, Jim’s spouse, was on hand for the presentation.


The only other time the Jim Fox Golden Nail had previously been awarded was 2011, which went to the San Jose Marriott. 


Golden Nail Award recipients

Pierce2017 -  Jim Fox Golden Nail Award:  The Pierce, 60 Pierce St.

2016 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  Olla Cocina, 17 N. San Pedro St

2015 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  Whole Foods, 77 The Alameda

2015 – Element of Distinction Golden Nail Award:  The Continental, 349 S. First St.

2015 – Element of Distinction Golden Nail Award:  SoFA Market Parklet, 382 S. First St

2014 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  San Jose State Student Union

2014 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St.

2013 – Element of Distinction Golden Nail Award:  Urban Plaza Improvements, City View Plaza

2013 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  Orchestria Palm Court, 27 E. William St

2013 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  Core Site, 55 S. Market St

2012 – Element of Distinction Golden Nail Award:  360 S. Market St. Entry Canopy, 360 Residences (first recipient to receive this award)

2012 – Beautification Golden Nail Award:  101 W Santa Clara St., San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce

2011 – Jim Fox Golden Nail Award: San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market St.

2010 – Beautification Golden Nail Award: Liquid Agency, 477 S. First St.


From 1997-2009 recipients were given the “Golden Nail”

2009 – Wilcox Block Buildings, 93-99 S. First St.

2008 – Sainte Claire building, 311 S. First St. (Saratoga Capital, Inc., represented by Jim Fox)

2007 – Alliance Building (Third and Santa Clara)

2007 –John Stewart (local craftsman, for woodwork on multiple downtown buildings, including San Jose Athletic Club and Hotel Sainte Claire)

2006 – State Meat Market (142-150 E. Santa Clara)

2005 - S&H Green Stamps Redemption Center (96 N. Second)
2005 - San Jose Building and Loan Association (81 W. Santa Clara)

2004 - California Theatre (345 S. First)

2004 - Hotel Montgomery (211 S. First) 

2003 – River Street Gardens (Julian at Hwy. 87)
2003 - Golden Nail founder Judy Stabile

2002 – Jim Fox for Hotel deAnza, Dohrmann building (325 S. First), New Century Building (17-25 E. Santa Clara) and Jose Theater (62 S. Second)
2002 - Germania Hall (261 N. Second)

2001 – Metropole (35 S. Market)

2001 - First Unitarian Church (160 S. Third)

2000 – Jim Salata for Garden City Construction (618 S. First)

2000 - Barry Swenson for Letitia Building (66-72 S. First) and Security Building (84 S. First

1999 – AP Stump’s-Mason Lefranc building (163 W. Santa Clara)

1999 - DeCarolis Design and Marketing (476 S. First)

1999 - Mac’s Club (39 Post)
1998 – Waves Smokehouse and Saloon (65 Post)

1998 - The Two Virgins (37 S. First)

1997- Stratta Grill & Bar (71 E. San Fernando)
1997 - Workingman’s Emporium (260 N. First)

1997 - Agenda Restaurant & Lounge (399 S. First)

2011 – Harry Mavrogenes, RDA
Frank Taylor, RDA, unk date

Don Cassing, SJSU, unk date