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Building Team Awards Tip Sheet

March 12, 2021 |

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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