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Nominations open for IBR Top Projects

The Nampa Library Square was No. 2 in the Government (now Public) category for the IBR Top Projects awards program in 2014. This year, the categories have slightly changed along with the awards nominating criteria. Photo by Pete Grady

The Nampa Library Square was No. 2 in the Government (now Public) category for the IBR Top Projects awards program in 2014. This year, the categories have slightly changed along with the nomination criteria. Photo by Pete Grady

Now in its 11th year, the Idaho Business Review Top Projects award program recognizes the construction industry’s best projects in Idaho.

This year the IBR is taking it up a notch by having industry experts in design and construction review the nominees. Awards will be given to the top three in each category: Private, Public, Office/Retail, and Infrastructure/Transportation. The categories are also slightly different from before.

Separately, the project with the highest score will be awarded Project of the Year. All winners and finalists will be honored at an awards event July 23 at The Courtyard by Marriott and will be featured in the IBR Top Projects magazine published with the July 24 issue of the Idaho Business Review.

All projects must be worth $1 million or more, must be located in Idaho and must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec 31, 2014.

The biggest change is the move from judging projects solely on monetary value. Now, experts in architecture, construction and design will use criteria such as design, scope of project, safety, and adherence to budget and timelines. This more critical and detailed project review reflects an increase in the number of high-quality construction projects in Idaho, said Brian Hunt, Idaho Business Review publisher.

“We want this awards program to be a reflection of what is truly going on in the construction industry in Idaho,” Hunt said. “There are more projects coming online now than there have been since the recession – and more are announced every day. We want to award the projects that are best in class in each category.”

Completed nominations must be received by end of day May 15. Finalists will be announced May 22.

For information on how to nominate, please go to the IBR website: https://idahobusinessreview.com/events/tp/

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.