2018 Reconstruction Awards 'How to Win' Tip Sheet

Keep this tip sheet handy when preparing your Reconstruction Awards entry, as these are some items on which your project will be judged.

January 05, 2018 |



  • Unusual owner/client requirements
  • Inventive use of materials, products, or systems
  • Structural engineering solutions
  • M/E/P innovations, fresh approaches
  • Energy/environment breakthroughs
  • Sustainable design, green bldg. design, LEED
  • Craftsmanship, detailing, elegance of execution
  • Use of innovative technology, methods, tools
  • Cost/budget issues – and evidence of resolution
  • Overall design & construction quality
  • Security issues, unusual approaches, results
  • Social or cultural relevance of project
  • Other measures of success (jobs, neighhood renewal, etc.)
  • Innovative construction methods, approaches
  • Unusual scheduling issues, timing demands, and solutions
  • Metrics of satisfaction (energy savings, $$$, etc.)
  • Project complexity – Was it challenging? In what way?

SUMMARY: Did this project push the envelope? How?


  • Involvement of surrounding community, neighbors, affected stakeholders
  • Involvement of public officials, public agencies
  • Attention to surrounding environment, historic areas, community sensitivities
  • Attention to environmental issues: wetlands, open space, recreation areas, 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
  • Special social or cultural relevance of project

SUMMARY: Did the project perform a public good?

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