Ah, spring is in the air (sort of) and construction companies are ramping up for another season (sort of). One thing that some contractors overlook, for one reason or another, is entering their projects for association awards.
Besides getting local (and sometimes national) bragging rights, awards can be good for your bottom line. When potential customers find out your firm has won a construction or safety award, they may be more inclined to hire you over Brand X. I believe awards can also fatten up employee morale.
One duty that comes with the territory of being a construction reporter is the role of judge. This year, I have sat on judging panels for the AGC of Washington, the ABC of Western Washington and the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association. I have seen some amazing projects, but there always seems to be a few every year that don’t get submitted. Not sure of the reason why, but I know some in the past were definitely award-worthy contenders. That is a shame.
Then there are the great projects that get submitted, but fall on their faces when it comes to write-ups and presentations. Why not spend extra time on this or hire a pro to do it for you? Sloppy presentations are an indicator that management might also be sloppy. One project under consideration for a WACA award this year had NO write up to accompany a few photographs. Why bother?
Then there are the write-ups that technically comply with submittal requirements of say, one page in length. What do we get? One page, no paragraph breaks, no margins, 6 point type, etc. Next!
Now is the time to start thinking about next year’s awards. Record those interesting project details, snap photos of construction in progress and take the time to put together a knock-out presentation. The results could be rewarding.