BD&C Reconstruction Awards Judging Criteria

August 11, 2010

Design, Engineering & Construction Criteria

  • Unusual owner/client requirements

  • Inventive use of materials, successful use of unusual or new materials

  • Structural engineering issues and solutions

  • M/E/P innovations, fresh approaches

  • Energy/environment breakthroughs

  • Sustainable design, green building design, LEED

  • Craftsmanship, detailing, elegance of execution

  • Use of innovative technology, methods, tools

  • Use of value engineering to produce better results for the project

  • Cost/budget issues – and evidence of resolution

  • Evidence of performance-based design

  • Overall design & construction quality

  • Security issues, unusual approaches, results

  • Social or cultural relevance of project

  • Other measures of success (creating jobs, neighborhood renewal, etc.)

  • Wayfinding

  • Innovative construction methods, approaches

  • Construction safety

  • Construction & demolition waste recycling efforts

  • Unusual scheduling issues,timing demands

  • Commissioning results

  • Post-occupancy evaluation, metrics of satisfaction

  • Any patents, inventions or technology innovations resulting from project?

  • Project complexity – Was the project unusually challenging? In what way?

SUMMARY: Did this project push the envelope? How? By what measure? Proof?

Social, Planning, Economic & Community Criteria

  • Evidence of extraordinary efforts to meet owner needs

  • Involvement of surrounding community, neighbors, affected stakeholders

  • Involvement of public officials, public agencies

  • Charettes, planning sessions with community, end users, other relevant stakeholders

  • Attention to surrounding environment, historic areas, community sensitivities

  • Attention to environmental issues: wetlands, open space, recreation areas, etc.

  • Extensive surveying, polling, or other techniques to gauge public opinion or gather ideas

  • Unusual “gaming” or innovative tools to assess client or end-user needs

  • Evidence of involvement of ‘less-empowered end-users’ (students in school project, nurses in hospital, minorities, immigrants, etc.)

  • Overcoming unanticipated changes in the program

  • Overcoming natural disaster (flood, hurricane), man-made disaster (loss of power supply), materials shortages

  • Unusual solutions to budget restrictions

  • Unusual solutions to keep project schedule on time

  • Extra effort in hiring women-owned, minority-owned, or disadvantaged-owned firms

  • Special social or cultural relevance of project

  • Additional measures of community-related success (jobs, neighborhood renewal, etc.)

  • Evidence of performance-based design, engineering, and/or construction

SUMMARY: Did the project perform a public good or create a public benefit?

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