Reconstruction Awards Tip Sheet

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March 14, 2011 |

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



  • 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, n’hood 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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