GBCA 2020 Construction Excellence Awards

Award Categories and Descriptions

Important Dates

6.24:  CEA opens for submissions

9.18: Deadline for Award Submissions

10.26 – 12.28: Winners will be spotlighted on a weekly basis

Winning projects and programs will receive the following promotions:

  • Highlighted winners’ gallery on GBCA’s website, featuring photos and descriptions of winning projects/programs.
  • Commemorative supplement in the Philadelphia Business Journal (PBJ) distributed to all PBJ
  • Online winners’ gallery spotlighted on PBJ’s website.
  • Winners will be featured in a commemorative edition of Construction Today.
  • Winners will be contacted for video interviews to be used in social media and blog promotions.
  • Digital badge for winners to use in their marketing materials.
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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.

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 instillation 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 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.

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Safety Excellence Award

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.

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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.

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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).

 

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Submission Components

Each entry will include the following information:

 Project-Based Awards

All Project-Based Award submissions consist of 6 parts. Keep in mind that the judges depending on location, judges may not get to every project. 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

Excellence in Safety Award

Letter to Safety Excellence Award Judges (25,000 characters)

Explain why the company should be recognized. Explain what sets your company apart from others when it comes to safety. These judges will look for evidence of management commitment, employee participation, safety training, hazard identification and control as well as safety program innovation. Consider the following:

  • How employees participate in safety decision making.
  • How safety is made a priority.
  • How safety is communicated.
  • Whether there is a written safety policy.
  • Whether there is one or more safety coordinator.
  • Whether safety is budgeted.
  • How imminent dangers are handled.
  • Whether safety is embodied in contract documents.
  • Whether there is a pre-qualification process considering safety.
  • Whether company rules are more stringent than OSHA standards.
  • Whether company uses a job safety analysis.
  • How hazard communication is administered.
  • How unsafe conditions are reported.
  • Location of first aid resources.
  • Policies on personal protective equipment.
  • Whether there is an emergency action plan.
  • Whether there is a disciplinary program for safety.
  • What is extent of formal employee safety training.
  • How fall protection is administered.
  • Whether silica is addressed.
  • Whether there is a blood borne pathogens exposure control plan.
  • Whether workplace violence and harassment are addressed.
  • How safety is coordinated project-wide.
  • Whether safety is the subject of project pre-planning.

Members will also need to submit their OSHA 300A form for the previous year. You can download that here.

Please click the link below to submit for a 2020 Construction Excellence Award! 

Submissions for the Construction Excellence Awards are $400 and will not be approved until payment is received.

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