GBCA 2021 Construction Excellence Awards
Award Categories and Descriptions

Important Dates

5.16: CEA opens for submissions
9.11: Deadline for Award Submissions
9.14: Entries Submitted to Judges
9.28: Judges Submit Final Scores
10.28: Construction Excellence Awards Celebration
10.28 – 01.22: CEA Winners spotlighted on GBCA website, PBJ website, and Construction Today

Project-based Awards

Project-based Awards 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 detail, or ensured the success of a project.

Excellence in Craftsmanship
The Excellence in Craftsmanship award recognizes a project that has demonstrated exceptional care in detail, utilized new or different materials or technologies, and/or coordinated intricate building techniques.
Breakdown of Four Sub-categories:
– Over $50 million
– $15 – $50 million
– $5 – $15 million
– Under $5 million

Best Adaptive Re-Use Project
The Best Adaptive Re-Use Project recognizes 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 installation of HVAC systems within the original historic building.

Best Cultural Institution Project
The Best Cultural Institution Project Award recognizes a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must be cultural institution developments, including but not limited to, museums, churches, or tourism attractions.

Best Educational Institution Project
The Best Educational Institution Project Award recognizes 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 Fit-Out Project
The Best Fit-Out Project Award recognizes 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 Green Space Project
The Best Green Space Project Award recognizes a project which demonstrates successful application of practices including, but not limited to, innovation and technology, design, efficiency and budgeting. Projects must consist of some form and use of green space, including but not limited to, parks, public spaces, and green living areas.

Best Healthcare Project
The Best Healthcare Project Award recognizes 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 Historic Preservation Project
The Best Historic Preservation Project recognizes 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 Hospitality Project
The Best Hospitality Project Award recognizes 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 recognizes 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 Residential, Mixed-Use or Office-Space Project
The Best Residential, Mixed-Use or Office-Space Project Award recognizes 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 Concrete Construction Project
The Best Concrete Construction Project Award recognizes 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 Demolition Project
The Best Demolition Project Award recognizes 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 Electrical Construction Project
The Best Electrical Construction Project Award recognizes 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 Mechanical Construction Project
The Best Mechanical Construction Project Award recognizes 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 Masonry Construction Project
The Best Masonry Construction Project Award recognizes the masonry work of a 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 Project
The Best Specialty Contractor Project Award recognizes 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 is special and innovative work in support of a General Contractor or Construction Manager. This award is intended for a specialty contractor who supplies essential needs for a project, excluding mechanical, electrical, concrete, and demolition contractors.

Program-Based Awards

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
The Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award recognizes 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 Training and Professional Development
The Excellence in Training and Professional Development award recognizes a member company demonstrating and implementing investment in human capital, providing practical means to educate and advance the workforce and develop a stronger team. The honoree will significantly and regularly acknowledge the rising leadership within the company.

Excellence in Technological Advancement
The Excellence in Technological Advancement award recognizes 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.

Commitment to Community Excellence
The Commitment to Community Excellence award recognizes a member company that is making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. The company selected should serve as a role model for compassion, and service and be striving to make the greater Philadelphia region a better place.

Excellence in Safety
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).

Submission Components

Each entry will include the following information:

Project-Based Awards

All Project-Based Award submissions consist of 6 parts. Take advantage of the narrative sections: we know that all of our members do great work, so tell us what makes your project stand out!

Project-Details
Provide a complete and accurate overview of the project. Describe its purpose and scope. Provide specific statistics/details as you like.

Project Management & Timeliness
Describe how the project was managed. If applicable, explain what best practices were used to manage the project. In addition, tell us how your team (i.e. in-house personnel, engineers, architects, sub-contractors, owners) worked together to get the job done. How were you sensitive to the environment and the community surrounding this project?

Quality of Workmanship
Explain the level of workmanship/craftsmanship that went into the project.

Innovation in Construction Techniques or Materials
Explain special construction techniques, methods, and/or materials that were used on this project. If specific challenges arose as a result, how were they handled?

Additional Information
Provide any additional information you feel is pertinent to this project.

4 Photos
Submit up to four photos of the project. Include a brief description for each one.

Program-Based Awards & Affiliate of the Year Award

Letter to Excellence Awards Judges (25,000 characters)

Explain why the company should be recognized. Explain what sets your company apart from others when it comes to the category of Excellence you are seeking to win. These judges will look for evidence of management, commitment, employee participation, training, and innovation.

3 Photos

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