The fields of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) are incredibly competitive. Securing a bylined article in a reputable industry publication isn’t the only way to capture the attention of your desired clients. The prestige associated with winning certain AEC awards (I know, I know. You don’t do it for the recognition) can also bolster your firm’s reputation. But not all awards are the same.
Clients won’t be won over by a participation prize, much less one you paid for! If you’re going to invest money in an annual award submission, the Design Build Institute of America’s national or regional Design-Build Project and Team Awards, similar to the organization’s leadership awards, are a great place to start, as they’re incredibly competitive and highly esteemed. They also recognize a wide scope of projects, from vertical construction to various sectors like aviation, water/wastewater and transportation.
Because the DBIA Awards are so competitive, they require a lot of diligence and documentation to verify design-build best practices were used to improve the project outcome, in a process the DBIA dubbed “Design-Build Done Right®”. Like high school algebra, it’s not enough to show the end result, you actually have to show your work. I know, I know. I’m full of good news today.
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