Enter Your Construction Project

The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Committee invites CBC members and non-members to submit entries for the CBC’s 2019 Merit Awards competition. This program recognizes the most outstanding construction projects from the past three years in the Chicagoland area.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, Jan., 28, 2019

PROJECT DETAILS DEADLINE: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

(Projects must be completed by Dec., 31, 2018.)

Categories for 2019

The Merit Awards Program is entering its 63rd year – check out these categories which acknowledge the construction industry’s ever-changing landscape.

New Construction Under $15 Million

New Construction $15 – $55 Million

New Construction Over $55 Million

Renovation & Adaptive Reuse UNDER $10 Million

Renovation & Adaptive Reuse OVER $10 Million

Infrastructure Construction

Industrial Construction

Interior Build-Out

CBC/COAA Owners’ Choice Award

Judging Criteria

A panel of dedicated industry professionals volunteer their time in multiple judging sessions to select the top four entries in each category based on the following criteria:

  • Distinctive, functional or innovative design
  • Quality of construction
  • Impact of the project on the community
  • Safety record

To enter your project, click ‘Register’ below.  After registering your project, you will receive an automated email with a link to the project details form.  The project details form is not due until Feb. 5, 2019 and we recommend collecting your answers before beginning.  A preview of the questions asked in the form can be downloaded here.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless there is a restriction noted, your answers may be as long as you like. However, please keep your entry responses succinct as the volunteer judges will be reviewing dozens and dozens of entries. Thank you!



Do you want the photos in .jpg format? .jpg or png
How will the photos be viewed by judges? On a Powerpoint that is projected? They will be added to a website and video.
If you do use Powerpoint, do you use “wide screen” or “standard” mode to view the images? This will affect our formatting of the photos. Landscape is recommended
Is there a limit on the number of photos that can be uploaded? Limit 12
Is there a size limit on each photo file?  No, but make sure it’s a .png or JPEG.
Can more than one photo be shown on a file (e.g., before and after images)? They don’t need to be combined, but they can be. Just keep in mind there is a 12 picture limit.
Do you encourage floor/site plans? Construction process photos? Or just photos of the complete project? Completed photos are best, but anything that showcases skill and innovation used in construction is appropriate.  It’s recommended that you include photos that WOW the judges, and are visually interesting or impressive.  These will be used in a video, so think cinematic.
Do you want captions within the photo file? In a separate file? No captions?  Captions are not needed, but if a set of photos are before and after, noting that in the file name would be helpful.