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D+D Elevation Awards Touts Nine Categories

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Do you know of a recent coating project that deserves to be recognized for excellence in aesthetic or technical effects? If so, be sure to nominate it for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards competition.

D+D is seeking the most outstanding projects in nine categories, from air barriers to floor treatments. All D+D subscribers are eligible to nominate persons or companies for the Elevation Awards.

“This event will highlight and promote the role of protective coatings in the aesthetics, functional building system and sustainable design of architectural structures,” says awards judge Jeff Theo, PCS, Vice President-Business Development, Vulcan Painters Inc.

Nominees can be designers who used coatings to achieve excellence on a project, or applicators who demonstrated great skill in executing a painting project, between Jan. 1, 2016, and March 1, 2017.

To make sure your project or that of a colleague’s is in the running, submit your nomination by 11:50 p.m. ET May 26.

Show Your Best Work

The Elevation Awards competition was developed to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractors, decorative artisans, manufacturers and suppliers for the excellent work they do.

“Entering the awards program is a great way to connect with industry peers and share outstanding projects with a larger audience,” says awards judge Elizabeth Moss, LEED AP, historic preservation specialist for Leslie E. Robertson Associates.

The Elevation Awards give participants the chance to:

  • Demonstrate quality and expertise of their work;
  • Get the visibility and recognition their work deserves; and
  • Celebrate and promote the work of the entire project team.

It is a competitive world, and recognition for quality work is a potential point of differentiation.

Additionally, all nominated projects will receive:

  • Project profile in the Summer 2017 issue of D+D magazine;
  • Project profile on the D+D website as part of the readers’ voting platform;
  • Promotion on all D+D social media channels;
  • Coverage in D+D News and D+D In Depth; and
  • Recognition at an Elevation Awards event at CONSTRUCT in September.

Winners will receive additional coverage in D+D Fall 2017 issue, as well as in the D+D News daily eNewsletter and D+D In Depth.       

Find Your Categories

With expertise in color, design, specification, renovation, building envelope technology and more, our panel of 12 esteemed industry professionals will judge the technical and aesthetic merits of projects across nine categories.

Projects can be nominated in more than one category, with a separate nomination and entry fee required for each.

Aesthetics Award Categories

Commercial Exteriors: This award is given for the effective use of coatings and other decorative treatments to achieve aesthetic effects that enhance the exterior of a commercial building, such as those used for retail, hospitality, lodging or entertainment.

Commercial Interiors: This award is given for the effective use of coatings and other substrate treatments to enhance the commercial purpose of a building interior. Examples include buildings used for retail, hospitality, restaurant, entertainment, hotels and resorts.

Curtain Wall: This award is given for the successful use of coatings (or other treatments) to complement the design of a high-rise building facade.

Distinguished Residential Exteriors: This award is given for outstanding achievement in using coatings to achieve aesthetic effects, such as proportion, symmetry, pattern, decoration and integration with the environment, on the exterior of a historic residence or a residential building with a high-impact design.

Public Buildings: This award is given for successful achievement in using coatings and other decorative treatments to give substance and meaning to an important public building, such as a legislative chamber, a school or a railway station.

Technical Award Categories

Air Barrier and Moisture Management: This award is given for a liquid-applied air barrier system, including related taping and flashing materials, that excelled in design and installation detailing. Applications must include photos of the project in progress, and reference to specifications/design documents.

Floor Coatings + Treatments: This award is given for outstanding achievement in selection and installation of a floor coating or treatment that excels in aesthetic effects, durability and maintainability. Applications must make a persuasive case for how a project achieves durability/maintainability.

Renovation/Retrofit: This award is given for use of coatings to enhance the appeal of a building renovation or retrofit in terms of both aesthetics and functional value, such as energy performance. The project may be a residential or commercial structure.

Roof Coatings: This award will be given to a successful roof coating project that has achieved demonstrable energy savings and life extension of the roofing substrate on a building. Projects must be judged on technical merits, with energy use measured during the past three to five years. Applications can reference energy cost records and include an endorsement/statement from the building owner.

Judges’ Choice Award

Finally, in addition to selecting the best project in each category, the panel will pick the winner of its Judges’ Choice Award. This award recognizes an outstanding architecture project among the individual category winners that best exemplifies the seamless combination of compelling aesthetics and high performance in the use of coatings and other substrate treatments.

How to Enter

Visit for more information on the category requirements, key dates and entry fees.

Or collect your project information and photos, and begin filling out your nomination form now.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Awards and honors; Coatings; Commercial / Architectural; Contests; Good Technical Practice; North America; Project Management

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