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

BC&E Elects New Executive Committee and Four New Directors

(Towson, Md. Jan. 4, 2018) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) elected a new Executive Committee and four new directors, who all began their new roles and terms on Jan. 1.

The members of the 2018 Executive Committee are President: John Prusak, Johnson Controls, Inc.; President-Elect: Marty Copsey, MacKenzie Contracting Company, LLC; Vice President: Wayne Matheu, Enterprise Electric Company; Treasurer: Amy Mercurio, Johns Hopkins University Facilities & Real Estate and Secretary: Michael Martin, Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC

The four new directors, each serving a three-year term, are Marianne Crampton, MK Consulting Engineers, LLC; Trey Kistler, G.E. Tignall & Co., Inc.; Tom Iacoboni, Iacoboni Site Specialists, Inc. and Brian Young, Vulcan Materials Company.

The new directors join board members Joe Bailey, Lewis Contractors; Ted Bowes, Excell Concrete Construction, LLC; David Brodie, Wohlsen Construction Company; Curtis Dalsimer, JC Porter Construction; R. Nelson Oster, HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.; and Rick Scheetz, Gray & Son, Inc./Maryland Paving, Inc.

Former BC&E President Ed Joffe of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; former BC&E Vice President Gary Berger of HMS Insurance Associates and Directors Kevin McCarthy of James Posey Associates, Inc., Laura Thul Penza of Penza Bailey Architects and Donna Venerable-Davis of D&L Cleanup, LLC. retired from the board at the end of the year.

Founded in 1888, the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in all facets of the construction industry. BC&E currently has more than 180 member companies representing general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, interior designers and building owners as well as associated professionals in finance, insurance, law, bonding and other industries.

 

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