Building Team Awards Tip Sheet

November 21, 2014

Keep this tip sheet handy when preparing your Building Team Awards entry, as these are some items on which your project will be judged. Note: Your project may not touch on all these items. This is meant to be a checklist to guide your submittal.


Design, Engineering and Construction Considerations (50%)

  • Land use planning, zoning, codes, regulations, etc.
  • Overall quality of the design
  • M/E/P innovations, fresh approaches
  • Energy/environment breakthroughs
  • Sustainable design, green building design, LEED
  • Structural engineering issues and solutions
  • Innovative construction methods, solutions
  • Construction safety (extraordinary factors)
  • Construction & demolition waste recycling efforts
  • Unusual scheduling or timing demands (and solutions)
  • Inventive use of materials; use of unusual or new materials
  • Craftsmanship, detailing, elegance of execution
  • Use of innovative technology, methods, tools
  • Patents or inventions resulting from project
  • Cost/budget issues – and evidence of resolution
  • Evidence of performance-based design
  • Security issues, unusual approaches, results
  • Wayfinding; ADA considerations
  • Commissioning results
  • Post-occupancy evaluation; evidence of owner/user satisfaction
  • Overall project quality and functionality
  • Social or cultural relevance of project
  • Other measures of success (job creation, neighborhood renewal, ADA, etc.)
  • Project complexity: Was it especially challenging? In what way?
  • Unusual owner/client requirements
  • Site planning, parking, landscaping, user access

SUMMARY: How did the project push the envelope?


Building Team Collaboration + Involvement of Community, End Users & Stakeholders (50%)

  • 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, disabled, etc.)
  • Overcoming unanticipated changes in the program
  • Overcoming natural disaster (flood, hurricane), man-made disaster (loss of power supply), materials shortages
  • Unusual team-based solutions to budget restrictions, value engineering
  • Unusual team-based solutions to keep project schedule on time
  • Extraordinary effort in hiring women- or minority-owned firms
  • Special social or cultural relevance of the project
  • Additional measures of community-related success (jobs, neighborhood renewal, etc.)
  • Special aspects related to user-occupant-tenant needs

SUMMARY: Did the project perform a public good? How?


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