DES PLAINES, IL — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry named 151 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) Winners from the 2012 competition. Judging for the regional projects took place at NARI’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Il, in the second week of January.
Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. National winners will be honored at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center, located in Grapevine (Dallas), Tx.
All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.
A new recognition program was added to this year’s competition, Universal Design Project Recognition Program. The program recognizes entries meeting universal design standards for various project types. The Green Recognition Program was also part of this year’s CotY Awards. This program recognizes those projects that have green elements incorporated into them.
Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2011, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. The entries of this year’s competition totaled nearly $90 million worth of remodeling projects. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.
The list of 2012 Regional CotY Award Winners is available on NARI’s Website NARI.org.
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