Nominations Now Open for 2022 Elevation Awards

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2022

The nomination period for Technology Publishing Co.’s sixth annual Elevation Awards officially kicked off today (May 31). This year, participants will see a few changes in both eligibility and categories for the commercial painting competition.

Carried out in partnership with the Commercial Painting Industry Association, the honors program recognizes projects ranging from residential exteriors and commercial renovations to floor coatings and wall coverings throughout the commercial coatings industry.

“From the competition’s inaugural year to where we are now, the Elevation Awards have witnessed an impressive collection of competitive nominations and projects,” said Destiny Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of Commercial Painting. “To keep the momentum going, we at TPC and the CPIA felt it was time to expand and critique the program to increase competition, showcase painter’s hard work and set the bar for industry excellence.”

Regarding a project's eligibility, all nominated projects must be completed between Jan. 1, 2021, and July 15, 2022. The deadline to submit nomination(s) is July 15.

Facility owners, architects, interior designers, painting contractors, decorative artisans, manufacturers and suppliers are all invited to submit. Winners of the 2022 Elevation Awards will be announced during an awards ceremony at the CPIA Leadership Conference and will be featured in PaintSquare Daily News and the winter issue of Commercial Painting.

This year’s updated project categories are as follows:

New Construction

This award is given for the effective use of coatings and other decorative treatments to achieve interior and/or exterior aesthetic effects on a new construction project — such as those used for retail, hospitality, lodging or entertainment — or a public building, such as a legislative chamber, a school or a railway station.

Mixed-Use Commercial

This award is given for the effective use of coatings and other substrate treatments to enhance the interior and/or exterior of a mixed-use commercial building. Examples include buildings where spaces are shared for retail, hospitality, restaurants, entertainment and transportation.

Multi-Family/Residential High-Rise

This award is given for the effective use of coatings and other decorative treatments to achieve interior and/or exterior aesthetic effects on a high-end residential structure. Examples include multifamily and high-rise residential.

Institutional (Healthcare, Education, etc.)

This award is given for the effective use of coatings and other substrate treatments to enhance the interior and/or exterior of an institutional structure. Examples include hospitals, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, schools and childcare.

Floor Coatings

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.)

Ancillary/Misc. Services (Roof Coatings, Wallcovering, Fabric Panels, etc.)

This award will be given to a successful ancillary service project that achieved demonstrable energy savings and desirable aesthetic on, or within, a building. Project examples vary from roof coatings to air barriers and moisture management, to wallcovering and fabric panel installations.

Judges' Choice Award

Drawing from individual category winners, judges will select an overall winner to receive the Judges' Choice Award, which recognizes an outstanding architecture project that best exemplifies the seamless combination of compelling aesthetics and high performance in use of coatings and other substrate treatments.

Submitting a Nomination

To submit a nomination or for more information, visit

To submit a successfull nomination, TPC and the CPIA suggests the following:

  1. Fill out all contact information fields.
  2. Select the appropriate Project Category based on project type and its respective description.
  3. Name your project and include its location.
  4. Name the project’s Client/Owner and Contractor for proper recognition.
  5. Don’t forget to include your project’s start and end dates, as they are crucial to the eligibility of your nomination.
  6. When filling out the “About the Project” section, be as descriptive as possible. Our judges would like to know the project’s challenges and why decision makers made the choices they did. This section should run anywhere between 10 to 15 sentences but can run longer as needed.
  7. Being specific is key in the “Products Used for Project” section. List all the products and quantities used on the project. This section can cover everything from surface preparation materials to primers, intermediate and top coats to wallcoverings and glazes. A short sentence explaining why each product was chosen should also be included.
  8. Photos can be the most crucial part of submitting a successful project nomination. For this reason, be sure to include between five and 10 high-resolution photos.

These instructions can also be found in the spring issue of Commercial Painting.


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