This year, as an extension of Buildings’ long-running and popular project awards programs, the editorial staff created a new venue by which readers could review even more of North America’s most prestigious projects. We call it Buildings’ Project Innovations; in this, our inaugural launch, we offer insight into the 31 selected for this special recognition.
The idea is simple: A preliminary judging committee reviewed the entry submittals - which were 50-plus strong - to determine those projects that met a certain criteria level, which focused on aesthetics, function, performance, sustainability, and more. After poring through the entries, the preliminary judging committee recognized 31 of the 50-plus entries as “Project Innovations.”
From there, a final judging committee - consisting of two construction and facilities management professionals, two architects, two interior designers, and the Buildings editorial team - evaluated Project Innovations recipients based upon the even-more-stringent standards applied to each of Buildings’ project award competitions: New Construction, Modernization, and Buildings Interiors® Design. The resulting selections - Citations of Excellence and Grand Prize Winners in each awards program, who were recognized at a luncheon in mid-June - can truly be considered “the best of the best.”
In conjunction with the project recognitions (featured on pages 30 through 98), the editorial team also presents the recipients of its annual product competition during NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair 2006. Conducted in mid-June at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, and exclusively for exhibitors at the 3-day event, the editorial staff reviewed a variety of solutions-oriented products and services in each of eight categories: Computer Solutions, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Solutions, Product Performance, Safety and Accessibility, Workplace Aesthetics, Workplace Flexibility, and Workplace Productivity. Those companies receiving either a Citation of Excellence or a Grand Prize in one of these categories are featured on pages 100 through 108.
And, in keeping with the theme of this editorial page (beyond the projects and products featured throughout this October issue), an industry professional recently enlightened me about the “five Ps: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” Apply that to your work ethic and you’ll discover the benefits of “Minding Your Ps and ...”