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If any photos being submitted were taken by a third-party photographer, the photographer’s written authorization to use the photos is required. During the application process, you will be prompted to upload the agreement signed by the photographer.

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Questions?

For questions regarding the application, competition or awards gala, contact 202-595-1378 or EIC@abc.org.

Sponsorship

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact:


Bethany Murphy
Sponsorship Sales
571-841-3424
bmurphy@abc.org

       
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Each year, ABC National provides the opportunity to contractor members to compete for honors in the construction industry’s premier annual awards program, recognizing the outstanding merit shop projects of the year.

PeopleReady
is the proud presenting sponsor of the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards. Their business is built on having the right people, ready to get to work at every stage of a construction project.


 Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 – Date by which construction of the submitted project must be completed
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 – Phase I: Deadline to register your project (intent to compete)
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 – Phase II: Deadline to submit the final application, supplemental materials and payment. Applicants will have until 11:59 p.m. ET to finalize all applications.​
  • Mid-Dec., 2017 – All applicants will receive an email detailing the results. Be sure to add eic@abc.org to your list of safe senders so this important email is received. Many times these emails are intercepted and land in spam folders, so please consider this important suggestion.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Winners will be celebrated at the 28th Excellence in Construction® Awards Gala in Long Beach, Calif.
 Eligibility & Criteria

ABC Membership Required:
Only ABC contractor members are eligible to enter. Projects completed through a joint venture must include a document outlining the ownership percentage and responsibilities of each partner. Include the document with the Project Information section. If the majority partner is an ABC member but not all partners are ABC members, only the majority contractor is eligible to enter. If your project was completed by a joint venture and not all parties are ABC members, email eic@abc.org for eligibility requirements.

Safety Policy:
A company that experiences a safety-related fatality of a direct employee in the United States within the current program year (Oct. 16, 2016-Oct. 15, 2017) is NOT eligible for an Excellence in Construction award. If a subsidiary is a direct ABC member versus part of a larger holding company member, then the subsidiary with a safety-related fatality is not eligible, but another subsidiary of the same holding company may be.

No project that involves prime, multi-prime or sub-trade contractors with a safety-related fatality is eligible to be considered for an award. 

ABC Chapter Award Winner:
If the company’s local ABC chapter has an awards program, the project must have won the equivalent of first or second place at the chapter’s most recent competition. An exception to this requirement may be granted if the applicant submits a letter from the ABC chapter president explaining the reason the project qualifies to be entered at the national award level; for example, the chapter does not have an award category for the applicant’s project or the chapter does not hold a competition. 

If there is a question regarding eligibility, the applicant may request clarification from the National EIC Committee by emailing eic@abc.org prior to submission of the project. View the application criteria and checklist.

How to Apply

All applications are submitted electronically following the below steps:
*It is recommended you use Google Chrome to ensure program compatibility.
  1. Click Enter Application Portal at the top of the screen.
  2. Then click Apply Now!
  3. For first-time applicants, create a username and password to access the registration and application pages. If you have submitted previously, your username and password remains the same from year to year.
  4. Complete Phase I—your intent-to-compete registration—and submit payment. You may select to pay by check or credit card.
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to you containing the link to continue on to Phase II—the application. You may save your information as you go and revisit the application as needed.
  6. When ready, click Save and Finalize to submit the application. Once the application is finalized, you will no longer be able to make edits. A confirmation will be emailed to you.
Watch this six-minute tutorial to learn more about the application process. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
 The $525 application fee is non-refundable. Be sure to review the application criteria and eligibility prior to entering your submission.

Judging and Winner Notifications


The final judging rounds will take place during the first week of December and applicants will be notified of their status via email during the week of Dec. 18.

  
Categories
Awards are offered in the following categories:

Projects with members performing as general contractors or construction managers:
Mega-Projects includes all projects more than $100 million, regardless of type, whether General Contractor or Construction Management.
Commercial includes office buildings, banks, retail facilities, hotels or mixed use buildings.
Community/Public Service includes philanthropic projects, regardless of type, that enhanced the community, using substantial resources donated by the contractor. Entries should include information detailing the donated resources.
Federal Government/Military includes all projects owned by the Federal Government, with the exception of transportation infrastructure and utilities.
Healthcare hospitals, assisted living, nursing homes and other licensed medical facilities.
Historical Restoration/Renovation restoration of buildings that are registered as historical, or are eligible to be registered as historical, on a state or the national registry of historic places.
Industrial category covers manufacturing plants and facilities, refineries and similar types of construction.
Infrastructure-Heavy covers projects streets or highways, dams, bridges and parks.
Institutional covers buildings built for colleges, elementary or secondary schools, churches, local government structures; with the exception of healthcare facilities.
Pre-Engineered Building encompasses commercial, industrial and institutional building projects where the primary structure is a pre-engineered metal building. Previous winners include an indoor skating complex, a boat manufacturing plant and an office/warehouse facility. Entries should include information regarding the extent of the project this is pre-engineered (i.e. are there conventional components or portions of the building?) The contractors role on the project (i.e. supply and erect steel, general contractor or design/builder) and why a pre-engineered building was utilized.
Public Works/Environment covers water treatment plants and sewage treatment plants.
Renovation includes the renovation or restoration of non-historical, existing buildings with more than 50 percent of square footage that has been renovated or restored.
Residential covers single-family homes and multi-family projects and condominiums, including independent living retirement communities.
Other Construction includes construction not specifically referred to in the above, such as theme parks, skate parks, water parks, zoos, and other unique types of projects.
Projects with members performing as specialty contractors:
Community/Public Service includes philanthropic projects, regardless of type, that enhanced the community, using substantial resources donated by the contractor. Entries should include information detailing the donated resources.
Electrical covers any electrical contract more than $10 million.
Electrical - Commercial contracts less than $10 million for electrical systems in a facility built for the benefit of people comfort and occupancy such as: office buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, call centers, multi-family residential, hotels, convention centers, fountain features in a commercial facility, sports arena and stadium, fire or security alarms, parking lots, medical laboratories or renovation in an existing facility. 
Electrical - Industrial contracts less than $10 million including electrical systems built for the purpose of facilitating processes or manufacturing. Examples are manufacturing plants, processing plants, clean rooms, data centers, printing and processing centers, airports, animal facilities or electrical renovation in an existing industrial facility.
Exterior includes masonry, precast, stone and all other exterior finishes.
Interior Areas to include but not limited to are as follows: Metal stud and gypsum, Ceiling finishes, Painting and wall coverings, Other wall finishes and flooring. It is our intent to award based on degree of complexity and high end finishes showcasing the abilities
Mechanical covers any mechanical contract more than $10 million.
Mechanical - Commercial contracts less than $10 million for mechanical systems in a facility built for the benefit of people comfort and occupancy such as office buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, call centers, multi-family residential, hotels, convention centers, fountain features in a commercial facility, sports arenas and stadiums, medical laboratories or mechanical renovation in an existing commercial facility.
Mechanical - Industrial contracts less than $10 million for mechanical systems built for the purpose of facilitating processes or manufacturing. Examples are manufacturing plants, processing plants, clean rooms, data centers, printing and processing centers, animal facilities or mechanical renovation in an existing industrial facility.
Sitework/Landscape/Hardscape covers interior or exterior landscaping and parking lots.
Other Specialty Construction covers construction not specifically referred to in the above specialty categories, such as roofing, fountain features or artistic scaffolding.