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Top projects take awards at IBR annual event

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project of the yearIdaho Business Review has a long tradition of showcasing top commercial projects with an awards event and a publication. This year, Special Sections Editor Jeanne Huff changed the awards program to add credibility to the program and to include more projects of all sizes from around the state.

In an awards presentation on Sept. 24, projects large and small took home awards based on factors such as their scope of work, their execution, and their overall quality. In prior years, projects from the year before had been assessed only on cost. This year, judges were asked to consider whether the project came in on time and under budget, and how challenges and obstacles were overcome. They were given leeway to assess whether the overall quality was the highest possible.

The change in contest criteria was a success. Judges contributed many comments in the scoring

Doug Camenisch, vice president of the Boise office of Parametrix and project manager of the Highway 16 project, accepted the Project of the Year award. Photo by Pete Grady.

Doug Camenisch, vice president of the Boise office of Parametrix and project manager of the Highway 16 project, accepted the Project of the Year award. Photo by Pete Grady.

process, showing they had considered the construction company’s skill in overcoming challenging site conditions or using sustainable building methods when possible.

IBR received about 50 submissions from across the state for the awards program this year, and 38 projects were finalists. The Top Projects publication with a description of the winning projects is included with the Sept. 25 edition of the IBR.

Be sure to submit your project for next year’s IBR Top Project program. Submissions open in Spring 2016.

About Anne Wallace Allen

Anne Wallace Allen is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.