Craftsmanship Rules & Criteria

The Craftsmanship Award candidates may be an INDIVIDUAL or TEAM that performed “hands-on” work contributing to the excellence of the project. The nomination will be judged on the scope of work.

The Craftsmanship Award nominees may self-nominate. The Overall Building Award submission must be submitted by the General Contractor, Acting General Contractor or the Construction Manager.

The Overall Building Award is given to either new construction or renovation of an overall building encompassing several different trades. Each Overall Building Award nomination must have at least two nominations for Craftsmanship Awards.

The project must be located in one of the following Maryland jurisdictions: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Frederick County, Harford County Howard County, Montgomery County or Prince George’s County.

While the nominees do not have to be from a BC&E member firm to win, the owner, general contractor, architect, engineer or craftsman’s firm affiliated with the project must be a BC&E member.

The craftsmanship scope of work or the project must have been completed between April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2020.

Your Craftsmanship Award and/or Overall Building Award submissions should include the owner, general contractor, engineer, architect. Be sure to get the proper permissions and let all parties involved know that you are submitting.

Individuals submitting nominations are responsible for notifying the trades employer that their employee or team have been nominated.

Individuals submitting nominations must obtain proper consent for site access to allow the Craftsmanship Committee to judge the work, as well as permission for BC&E to take photos and videos of the work to be used during the awards ceremony and in marketing materials.

The Craftsmanship Committee will tour the submitted projects in June 2020. Nominators will be notified a week prior to the Committee’s arrival. The committee will have approximately 15 minutes on site to inspect the craftsmanship scope of work or the overall project.

A knowledgeable representative of the Craftsmanship scope of work or the overall project must be present and willing to provide a two- to three-minute overview of the nominated work during the Craftsmanship Committee’s inspection. The nominator must coordinate with the on-site contact and BC&E staff.

The Craftsmanship Committee will only consider projects that are constructed and maintained in safe and orderly conditions. If the committee decides that a project does not meet minimal safety standards, the project will not be eligible for consideration.

Your submission should include high-resolution photos that highlight the construction process and the finished project, including special techniques or unique conditions. Provide any other relevant marketing materials or additional supporting information including brochures, floor plans, renderings and site plans that can help in the judging process.

Nominations for concealed work should be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks prior to being covered, allowing sufficient time for inspection by the Craftsmanship Committee. Craftsmanship Committee inspections can be scheduled throughout the year.

All nominations must be received with payment: $175 per nomination for BC&E members; and $225 per nomination for non-members. There is no additional cost to submit for the Overall Project Award.

Checks should be made payable to Building Congress & Exchange. Multiple entries can be paid with a single check. There are no refunds after nomination submissions have been made.

Nominations can be submitted online at Nominations may also be emailed to Elisabeth Wainwright at o mailed to 6030 Marshalee Dr., Suite 208, Elkridge, MD 21075. Online submissions are preferred.

The Craftsmanship Awards Ceremony will take place on November 5, 2020.

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