Eligibility and Rules of Entry


All craftsmen, whether employed on job sites, in plants, or in shops, performing work in either the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, or other general trades are eligible for nomination.  Shop drawing draftsmen and foremen are eligible as well, provided they work with tools.  TEAMS ARE LIMITED TO SIX (6) CRAFTSMEN.


  1. Nominations are due in mid-November.  All nominations must be received by the WBC office along with payment at the date specified by the Committee. No nominations will be accepted after that date.
  2. There is a nomination fee for each. (Entry fee will determined by the Committee).   Checks should be made payable to the Washington Building Congress.  Multiple entries can be paid with a single check.  Payment by credit card is also accepted. If paying by credit card.    There are no refunds after submission of nominations.
  3. The preferred method of submission is by HARDCOPY. Electronic submissions will be accepted. Please contact WBC for instructions on how to submitt electronically.
  4. There are no limitations to the number of entries in the 10 trade categories.  However, the craftsmen may not be entered into the same subcategory for the same project more than once.  It must be clearly specified on the nomination submittal form which category each project is being entered in.
  5. Either the craftsmen’s employer, architect, engineer, general contractor or nominator MUST be a member of the Washington Building Congress.
  6. A completed nomination form must accompany each entry.  Please duplicate nomination form for multiple entries.
  7. All nominations shall be limited to trade work completed between a date specified by the Committee.
  8. If your project requires clearance and you need additional information besides the judges names (such as SSN, date of birth, place of birth, etc.) please provide us with ALL the information needed before a specific date.
  9. Jobs sites and fabrication shops must be located in the Washington Metropolitan Area (District of Columbia, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County).  If your job is outside these counties, please contact the WBC office before submission.
  10. Project photos are no longer required with submission, UNLESS work is concealed and will be judged by photo (especially for underpinning, foundations & excavations).
  11. Companies who have nominated winners in any category, and projects nominated for Star Awards, will be asked to provide a minimum of two color photos of their project, clearly marked for top/bottom, along with their camera-ready company logo, to be used during the presentation at the Awards Banquet.  All entries become property of the Washington Building Congress and may be used for publication or any other purpose.

Please note:  Evaluating teams must be permitted access to view the nominated work. Access to nominated jobs is the responsibility of the nominator.

  • A representative knowledgeable of the work performed is required to accompany the judges in January to describe the work while the project is being evaluated.
  • The nominated projects must be accessible to the judging team and the work related to the trade being judged must be completed and must be exposed for review.
  • Concealed work cannot be judged and will not be considered unless detailed photos are available that clearly shows the work to be exceptional in nature.
  • The nomination form must include a clear description of the work and why it is considered exceptional.

Each nominated project will be evaluated in January between 9:00 am and 5:00 p.m. by a team made up of 3 to 5 individuals with experience evaluating projects in particular categories.  Team members represent a broad cross-section of the construction industry, including architects, interior designers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction consultants, and engineers.  Each team member will evaluate the project independently.   The evaluators also make recommendations for the Star Awards nominees to the Craftsmanship Awards Committee.  The committee will then select the winners of the WBC Craftsmanship Awards.



Projects that deserve special recognition for excellence will receive Star Awards. These winners will be selected from the nominees recommended to the committee by the evaluation teams. Star Awards will be given in the following three special categories:

  • Excellence in the Face of Adversity
    For the highest quality job that was done under the most difficult conditions. Schedule, logistics, site constraints and working conditions all could be contributing factors. The job must have been demonstrably tough to execute.
  • Technical Excellence
    For the job that involved the highest degree of technical skill in its execution. This award is for the craftsmen who did an outstanding job that required the highest level of skill in their trade or craft. The required skills should be craft skills as opposed to design skills.
  • Visual Excellence
    For the job that was most visually appealing from a quality craftsmanship standpoint. The nominated jobs should generate a “wow” reaction from the judges.

The Star Award Judging Committee will be made up of three individuals whose work and service encompass a broad view of the regional building and construction industry and will be entirely independent of the WBC. The Star Awards is always announced at the conclusion of the Craftsmanship Awards Banquet.

The WBC will make every effort to seek publicity for the winners of the Craftsmanship Awards and the Star Awards Winners.