Message from Event Chairman

The WBC Craftsmanship Awards Committee has just finished with the 61stAnnual WBC Craftsmanship Awards Program on March 31, 2017.  Congratulations to all winners!

This year, WBC received a remarkable 255 nominations in 10 trade categories from sitework to finishes. With the outstanding support of 155 volunteer judges, 33 teams of evaluators went out in early January to evaluate all of the nominated work. The evaluations were compiled, results tallied, and 84 winning entries were identified based upon the judges score.

Following the selection of the award winners, a separate panel of Star Award judges representing different perspectives and disciplines within our industry was selected to independently evaluate the Star Award nominees. Eight outstanding entries were recommended for this distinction for demonstrating the highest level of quality and exceeding the awards criteria to achieve a level defined as “Exceptional.”  From these, the Star Award winners for Excellence in the Face of Adversity, Technical Excellence and Visual Excellence were selected.

This year, the Star Award for Excellence in the Face of Adversity was presented to Johnathan Castro, Julian Davis, Amadeo Gonzales, Roger Marquez, Jose Romero, Marlon Salmeron with Hayles and Howe, Inc. for their Plaster work at the Union Station.

The Star Award for Technical Excellence was awarded to the team of Hunter Dunn, Mark Dunn, Tony Franklin, Adam Pashkevich, Chris Pashevich, Thomas Snowden with Clark Foundations, LLC for their outstanding; Underpinning, Foundation & Excavation work at 655 New York Avenue. 

Jose Ambriz, Walter Blair, David Burkhardt, Marcus Butler, Rolando Hernandez, Frank Orren with Arban & Carosi, Inc. were honored with the Visual Excellence Star Award for their Precast Concrete work at the MGM National Harbor. 

Also, continuing a tradition started eight years ago, up to five deserving craftsmen may be nominated by the WBC Craftsmanship Awards Committee and approved by the WBC Board of Directors to be inducted in the Craftsman Hall of Fame. Selection of the Hall of Fame inductees is based on the number of awards an individual has received, the individual’s time in the building industry, and other special factors that may be relevant.

This is truly an exceptional program providing our industry the unique opportunity to personally recognize the contributions of the craftsmen in our region. Thank you for your ongoing support and participation. Best regards,

Shawn Fenstermacher
Craftsmanship Chairman
Siemens Industry