23rd Annual Reconstruction Awards Judging Criteria

June 14, 2006 |


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.)


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?


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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