Enter NCBC 2010 Awards of Excellence Competition
Even during the downturn, architects, builders, designers and engineers are meeting and surpassing challenges with new and exciting solutions in light commercial construction. The National Commercial Builders Council (NCBC) 2010 Awards of Excellence program recognizes these achievements as the best in commercial construction.
Weaver Auditorium at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences earned Project of the Year honors for the Straub Construction Company in the NCBC Awards of Excellence last year.
The program recognizes achievements for design, market appeal, overall aesthetics, challenges faced during building and overall success of projects that are either built or renovated.
The deadline for entries is Aug. 3.
NCBC sponsors the Awards of Excellence program to bring recognition to commercial building projects that range in size from less than 5,000 to more than 100,000 square feet.
Projects must have been completed after Dec. 31, 2006 and may be entered in commercial, industrial, institutional, medical, mixed-use commercial/retail, recreational, retail and green building categories.
"Our Awards of Excellence is an effective way to showcase your work to others in the industry and receive peer recognition, which you can use for marketing your business capabilities,” said Carl Harris, of the Carl Harris Company, Wichita, Kan. and NCBC vice chair. “In today’s complex market, being recognized in a special way for meeting and exceeding project goals — while adhering to new, green building standards and other regulations — will make you stand out.”
Last year, 21 projects were honored. All are listed on the NCBC Channel on the NAHB Web site.
Applicants can enter one or more projects in the competition. Projects may be submitted by the builder, developer, architect or contractor of the project.
The six divisions in which a project can be entered include:
- Small-scale projects less than 5,000 square feet
- Projects 5,001 to 10,000 square feet
- Projects 10,001 to 40,000 square feet
- Projects 40,001 to 75,000 square feet
- Projects 75,001 to 100,000 square feet
- Projects more than 100,000 square feet
A panel of building industry professionals will consider entrants for Project of the Year, Grand, Merit, Honorable Mention and Chairman’s awards in all categories.
Several award winners have said that the NCBC honor not only gave their company credibility in their market, it also boosted their project team’s morale.
“We applied for the NCBC Awards of Excellence in an effort to strengthen our business development program,” said Ernie Straub III, president, Straub Construction Company, Shawnee, Kan. “In these competitive times, it’s important that we continue enhancing our portfolio with accomplishments and highlight the high caliber of people we have working at Straub Construction.”
Straub Construction earned Project of the Year honors for its Weaver Auditorium project, a 31,000-square-foot facility built for the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
“Weaver Auditorium involved various challenges, as all projects do. However, we worked together to successfully overcome these challenges and built a project both Straub Construction and the owner are very proud of,” said Straub. “Being named Project of the Year made us all feel highly honored.”
Myefski Cook Architects of Glencoe, Ill. was honored for two of its projects, Go Global Office Suites, a new, 30,000-square-foot, three-story office building in Northbrook, Ill.; and the expansion of North Shore Community Bank & Trust at its charter location in Wilmette, Ill.
"Having North Shore Community Bank selected as the winner of the Chairman’s Award has been an honor shared not only within our firm and the other team members responsible for the creation and execution of the award-winning design, it was an honor shared by our client and the community in which the project is located,” said John W. Myefski, AIA, principal of Myefski Cook Architects, Inc.
Winners will be notified by mail no later than Nov. 1 and featured in Commercial Builder Online Magazine.
For more information, e-mail Kisha DeSandies at NAHB, call her at 800-368-5242 x8455, or download a brochure and application from the NAHB Web site.