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NAHB Announces the 2012 Light Commercial Construction Awards of Excellence

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Commercial Builders Council today announced the winners of its 2012 Awards of Excellence.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 2, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The awards recognize achievements in design, market appeal, sustainability and overall success of newly-built and renovated commercial projects ranging in size from less than 5,000 to more than 100,000 square feet.

“This year’s entries offered us a wide range of project types to choose from, and we were very pleased with the quality of the work presented by our commercial builders,” said Gene Graf III, 2011 chair of the Commercial Builders Council, which sponsors the awards each year.

Entries are submitted in eight categories: green commercial, industrial, institutional/medical, mixed use commercial/residential, recreational and other commercial. This year, seven winners were selected by a panel of industry peers for achieving innovative solutions to project challenges, energy efficiency and design.

This year’s Project of the Year was in the mixed-use category: Canyon Club Event Center, featuring the No Name Bar & Grill, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., submitted by DM Neuman Construction Co. The three-story, multiuse building serves as the gathering space for the property, which also hosts RV spots and resort cabins.

“This truly multiuse facility is an asset to the tourist community of Glenwood Springs and a great example of how a building can reflect and also enhance its natural surroundings,” Graf said. “Congratulations to DM Neuman Construction Co. for being recognized with the 2012 Project of the Year award.”

The lodge-like building contains a 2,000-square-foot event room, storage, conference and office capabilities, two high-class suites for overnight rental, and a caretaker’s unit. A 4,000-square-foot deck off the main level overlooks the Colorado River and offers a place to relax at the No Name Bar & Grill. Large canopy “sails” help block the intense summer sun.

Other 2012 Awards of Excellence recipients include:

Grand Awards

Entertainment Properties Trust
Straub Construction, Shawnee, Kan.
This winning renovation of commercial office space in a downtown Kansas City, Mo., historic building constructed in 1930 included refinishing the original marble flooring, adding a cascading water feature and overhauling the HVAC system.

Princeton Presbyterian Church
Bossart Builders, Flanders, N.J.
The newly expanded and renovated church was constructed in the gothic style, complete with a bell tower and stained glass window. Bossart Builders used pre-engineered wood panels and heavy timber laminated beams to create the high ceiling and arches, and the look was finished with oak trim features.

Salina’s Kenwood Cove
Straub Construction, Shawnee, Kan.
The company worked with the city of Salina, Kan., to create a family water park, complete with multiple pools, a lazy river, a slide tower and five on-site buildings, turning the old city pool into an area tourist attraction.

Thomas J. Waters Elementary School Addition
Bailey Edward Design, Chicago
This multipurpose addition prototype, which could easily be replicated in other public schools, includes low-flow plumbing fixtures, a hydronic radiant floor system, solar panels on the roof to heat water for kitchen use and hand washing, and 540-gallon cisterns to catch rainwater for irrigation of the surrounding native plants.

Merit Award

Elan Catering & Events
The Ruby Group, Goshen, N.Y.
The winning renovation included roof replacement, asbestos abatement, mechanical retrofits and new interior finishes to update the appearance of the catering and events hall, all of which have drawn in clients from the surrounding community.

Honorable Mention

President Container
The Ruby Group, Goshen, N.Y.
This large industrial building renovation included excavating and re-pouring concrete to fit the manufacturing equipment needs, as well as constructing concrete ramps and a nearby silo for storage. The newly added programmable thermostats, fluorescent lights, and low-flow, motion-activated plumbing fixtures help ensure energy efficiency in the expansive building.