Building Congress & Exchange Recognizes Craftsmen with Annual Awards

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 80th Annual Craftsmanship Awards on Nov. 1 at the Columbus Center. The winners represent all facets of the industry.

Over two days in June, the Craftsmanship Committee judged nearly 40 nominations that included lighting, 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: Michael Briggs from Manchester Valley High School, for Masonry; Michael Fulton from Century High School, for Welding; Braden Lau from Westminster High School, for Welding; and Gregory Mullinix from Francis Scott Key High School, for Masonry. 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 third year, the Building Congress & Exchange awarded the Judge’s Choice Award, which recognizes the best craftsmanship of the 20 winners. This year’s award recipient was Karl Kress from Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc. for his Unit Masonry & Exterior Stone work on JHU Krieger Hall.

The fourth 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 Nicholas Jeffers, Fabricator with Baltimore Fabrication.

For a complete list of winners, please see below. To review videos about the winning craftsmen and their work, please visit the BC&E website at http://www.bcebaltimore.org/about-the-craftsmanship-awards/.

80th ANNUAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Our Lady of the Angels
PATRICK CHENOWITH
Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, Inc.
Mosaic Floor Restoration

Johns Hopkins at Mt. Washington
MARK HOWELL
Rosendin Electric, Inc.
Power Generation, Distribution & Switchgear

Newton White Mansion
STEPHEN HOLLIS
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Brick Sculpture Restoration

Walters Art Museum
PAVEL KUDELICH
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Exterior Stone

SINAN HURKO
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Masonry

The Avenue at White Marsh
JOSÉ G. MONTES
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Landscape, Hardscape, Irrigation & Exterior Stone

Vantage House
JIM ROBINSON
JPK & Associates, Inc.
Architectural Millwork, Casework & Laminates

FRANSICO CARDENAS
CCE Specialties, LLC
Drywall

Stages Music Arts
BRIAN SHULSKI
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Landscape, Hardscape, Lighting & Exterior Stone

National Aquarium
Animal Care & Rescue Center
GEORGE HOFFERT
J.F. Fischer, Inc.
HVAC – Sheet Metal, Piping & Plumbing

The Peale Museum
VERN QUESENBERRY
Ruff Roofers, Inc.
Roofing

JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
BRAD SCHULTZ
Windsor Electric Company, Inc.
Power Generation, Distribution & Switchgear

Baltimore Museum of Art
JOSE CAMARILLO
HDL Construction, Inc.
Drywall

Baltimore Convention Center
LEWIS BROWN
Green Contracting Company, Inc.
HVAC – Sheet Metal, Piping, Controls & Instrumentation

JHU Krieger Hall
KARL KRESS
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Unit Masonry & Exterior Stone

HOWARD CAMPBELL
Rugo Stone, LLC
Exterior Stone

St. John the Evangelist
BRIAN SHULSKI
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Sitework, Concrete & Electrical

Rye Street Tavern
DAVID MILLER
Gutierrez Studios
Ornamental Metals

ROBERT TAYLOR
Gutierrez Studios
Ornamental Metals

JIM KERR
Allegheny Millwork, Inc.
Architectural Millwork, Casework & Laminates