2017 Construction Excellence Awards Categories

We are excited to offer our 2017 Construction Excellence Award Categories. The awards categories are divided in to three main groups: Project-Based Awards, Program-Based Awards, and the Excellence in Safety Award. Additionally, we are offering the Affiliate of the Year again for the second time. You are invited to submit for as many awards as you'd like, but must complete an entry form for each individual category. Submissions will be accepted until September 29, 2017. The submission fee is $350.

The 20th Anniversary Construction Excellence Awards is the premier construction awards program, recognizing excellence in construction and safety. The Excellence Awards Program is dedicated to creating greater awareness throughout the region of the quality workmanship produced by GBCA member companies.

 

Eligibility

The Construction Excellence Awards are open to General Building Contractors Association members (GBCA) in good standing only. 

Architects wishing to submit projects for consideration in the Excellence Awards program must do so through the GBCA contractor on that project. 

All projects must be located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, or Eastern Maryland and must be substantially completed between January 1, 2015 and June 1, 2017*. 

*Please note: projects outside the Philadelphia region will be judged with the same consideration as projects within the region, however, a site visit by the judges may be limited by distance.

Schedule:

  • September 29: Deadline for Award Submissions
  • September 22:  Lauren Tosti, GBCA, to meet with judges to review judging software
  • September 29: Awards Submitted to Judges
  • October 13:        Winners will be announced
  • November 14:   Awards Ceremony

 

Project-based Awards

Best Hospitality Project

The Best Hospitality Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Hospitality Project Award is intended to recognize a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be hospitality developments, including but not limited to, hotels, resorts, theme parks and restaurants.

 

Best Retail Project

The Best Retail Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Retail Project Award is intended to recognize a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be retail developments.

 

Best Healthcare Project

The Best Healthcare Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Healthcare Project Award is intended to recognize a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be healthcare developments.

 

Best Industrial Project

The Best Industrial Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Industrial Project Award is intended to recognize a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be industrial developments.

 

Best Educational Institution Project

The Best Educational Institution Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Educational Institution Project Award is intended to recognize a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be educational institution developments, including but not limited to, university facilities, community colleges, K-12 schools, and student housing.

 

Best Residential, Mixed-Use or Office-Space Project

The Best Residential, Mixed-Use or Office-Space Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Residential, Mixed-Use or Office-Space Project Award is intended to recognize a project which demonstrates  the exceptional application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be either residential, mixed-use, or office-space developments.

 

Best Mechanical Construction Project

The Best Mechanical Construction Project Award is intended to recognize a mechanical contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a mechanical contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Mechanical Construction Project Award is intended to recognize a mechanical construction project that has demonstrated the exceptional application of construction practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency, budgeting and client services.

 

Best Electrical Construction Project

The Best Electrical Construction Project Award is intended to recognize an electrical contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor an electrical contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Electrical Construction Project Award is intended to recognize an electrical construction project that has demonstrated the exceptional application of construction practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency, budgeting and client services.

 

Best Concrete Construction Project

The Best Concrete Construction Project Award is intended to recognize a concrete contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a concrete contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Concrete Construction Project Award is intended to recognize a concrete construction project that has demonstrated the exceptional application of construction practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency, budgeting and client services.

 

Best Specialty Contractor

The Best Specialty Contractor Project award will recognize a supportive and innovative specialty contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a specialty contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Specialty Contractor Project Award is intended to recognize a project that has demonstrated the exceptional application of construction practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency, budgeting and client services. This award is intended for a specialty contractor who supplies essential needs for a project, excluding mechanical, electrical, concrete, and demolition contractors.

 

Best Fit-Out Project

The Best Fit-Out Project Award is intended to recognize a contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Fit-Out Construction Project Award is intended to recognize a fit-out construction project that has demonstrated the exceptional application of construction practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency, budgeting and client services.

 

Best Demolition Project

The Best Demolition Project Award is intended to recognize a demolition contractor who has done an outstanding job in the workplace. The award seeks to honor a demolition contractor who has overcome a unique challenge, tackled a difficult project, taken great care in details, or ensured the success of a project. The Best Demolition Project Award is intended to recognize a demolition construction project that has demonstrated the exceptional application of demolition practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency, budgeting, safety and client services.

 

Best Historic Preservation Project

The Best Historic Preservation Project is intended to recognize a project which has preserved or restored the historic built environment and/or landscape component of a structure which is significant in American history, architecture or culture and was constructed more than 50 years ago. Projects entered into this category could include restoring the original paint schemes, recreating portions of damaged elements original to the building or preserving existing elements to prevent further deterioration.

 

Best Adaptive Re-Use Project

The Best Adaptive Re-Use Project is intended to recognize a project which has taken an existing building and/or space and enhanced/or created an entirely new use for the space. For example, projects entered into this category could include everything from large-scale rehabilitation of historic buildings for new uses, to smaller-scale instillation of HVAC systems within the original historic building.

 

Excellence in Craftsmanship

The Excellence in Craftsmanship award is intended to recognize a project that has demonstrated exceptional care in detail, utilized new or different materials or technologies, and/or coordinated intricate building techniques.


Program-Based Awards

Excellence in Technological Advancement

The Excellence in Technological Advancement award is intended to recognize a member company that utilizes successful, progressive, and/or unique technology to facilitate or assist in, but not limited to, the planning, organizing, problem solving, and communicating more efficiently of building projects. The program should exemplify progressive innovation, and problem solving while demonstrating technology adaptations.

 

Excellence in Education and Development

The Excellence in Education and Development award is intended to recognize a member company demonstrating, implementing and supporting advanced education and development techniques among their staff and team. The honoree should exemplify the value of investing in human capital, providing practical means to educate and advance the workforce and develop a stronger team, in turn supporting economic development and growth in the construction industry.

 

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award is intended to recognize a member company who demonstrates diversity and inclusion efforts above and beyond meeting equal opportunity program requirements. Unique and inclusive ways of creating a more diverse workplace while meeting, and/or exceeding, EOP requirements, as well as working with external partners, will be considered. The honoree should exemplify, the progressive principles of inclusion, using unique tactics to diversify perspectives, gender, age, ethnicity, work experiences, lifestyles, and cultures.

 

Excellence in Innovative and/or Collaborative Practices

The Excellence in Innovative and/or Collaborative Practices award is intended to recognize a member company who demonstrates the use of innovative and/or collaborative techniques and technologies in order to meet the demands and needs for faster more efficient projects, and better buildings at lower costs. From cutting-edge building technologies to innovative construction methods and better decision-making systems, projects are getting smarter.


Safety Excellence

The Safety Excellence Award is intended to recognize a general contractor or specialty contractor who holds the highest level of safety standards for their employees and others whom they work with.  The recipient organization has been successful in promoting safety within the company and throughout the industry.


Additional Member Award

Affiliate of the Year

The Affiliate of the Year award gives special recognition to an Affiliate member who played an integral role in the completion of a project: assisting a contractor to come in on-time, on-budget, and/ or safely. This Affiliate member demonstrates the true meaning of partnership and collaboration and may go above and beyond to contribute to the overall success of a project(s).