Building Congress & Exchange Recognizes Craftsmen with Annual Awards

(Towson, Md. Nov. 15, 2017) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) honored and recognized the extraordinary skill and talent of 20 individuals from the construction and design industry at the 79th Annual Craftsmanship Awards on Nov. 2 at the Warehouse at Camden Yards. The winners represent all facets of the industry.

Over two days in June, the Craftsmanship Committee judged 46 nominations that ranged from specialty painting and lighting to HVAC, carpentry, stone and iron work. Each nominated project was judged based on overall craftsmanship including the quality of work, complexity of both technical and design challenges and the level of difficulty.

During the evening, the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation also honored four promising high school students with Future Craftsman and Design Awards: Hailey Brennan from Dulaney High School, for HVAC & Engineering; Joseph Schlick from Western School of Technology, for Mechanical Construction/Plumbing; Trevor Wimmer from Carroll County Career and Technology Center, for Welding; and Benjamin Hamann from Harford Technical High School, for Carpentry. In addition to recognition for their achievements, these students also receive scholarships to pursue further training, degrees or supplies to begin work in the construction or design field.

For the second year, the Building Congress & Exchange awarded the Judge’s Choice Award. This award recognizes the best craftsmanship of the 20 winners. This year’s award recipient was Doug Wilder from Elite Restoration for his Masonry – Exterior Stone work on the Ellicott City Flood Retaining Wall.

The third annual Rising Star Award, which recognizes an outstanding young craftsman who exceeds their company’s expectations and shows exceptional skills and promise in the industry, was awarded to Tarrell Lessane, a Marble Finisher Trainee with Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, Inc.

79th ANNUAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

The Lodge at Homewood Willow Ponds

JEREMIAH OTT
Fine Line Trim, LLC
Architectural Millwork, Casework and Laminates

SHANE FANNIN
Robey, Inc.
Drywall, Rulon Ceiling, Faux Trusses

KEITH KRAMER
Hanover Iron Works
Ornamental Metal

Severna Park High School – Mechanical Room 112

TREY KISTLER
GE Tignall & Co., Inc.
Mechanical – HVAC Piping

Baltimore City Project

MIKE SANTORO, JR.
DL Boyd, Inc.
Finishes – Plaster

KELLY WALKER
Baltimore Artstar, LLC
Specialty Painting

Mount Vernon Washington Monument Historic Restoration

LUCAS HARMON
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Masonry – Exterior Stone, Interior Stone and Marble, Conservation and Restoration

MATTHEW HANKINS
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Doors, Windows and Hardware

DUSTIN HAUGLAND
Ruff Roofers
Roofing Restoration and New Roofing

Ellicott City Flood Retaining Wall

DOUG WILDER
Elite Restoration
Masonry – Exterior Stone

Howard County Project

BILL SCHNETZLER
Cabinet Max Corp/Petrafab
Architectural Millwork, Casework and Laminates

Wilde Lake Middle School

ROMARIO AMAYA
Roman Mosaic & Tile Company
Ceramic Tile and Terrazzo

Archbishop Spalding High School Auditorium Renovation

DEMETRIOS NOMIKOS, JR.
Southern Acoustics
Drywall

Center Stage Renovation & Addition

STEVE SEATON
Valid Electric Company, Inc.
Power Generation, Distribution and Switchgear

MATTHEW PESKIE
Masque Sound
Electrical Audio-Visual Systems

Remington Row

KARL KRESS
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Masonry – Brick Veneer and Cast Stone

Baltimore City Project

DAVE COLSTON
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Masonry – Exterior Stone

ERIC RILL
Douglas Electric & Lighting
Lighting Systems, Power Generation, Distribution and Switchgear

AARON FRY
SWF Industrial, Inc.
Metal Fabrication, Rigging of Copper Still and Installation

JERRY TAYLOR
Baltimore Fabrication, LLC
Ornamental Metal and Metal Fabrication