BUILDER Magazine Honors Best Design and Planning at Builder's Choice Awards

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BUILDER magazine hosted the 29th annual Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 8th.

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At a time when the housing industry is hurting, these projects showed innovation and pragmatism.

BUILDER magazine hosted the 29th annual Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 8th. As the housing industry's oldest, largest and most prestigious design awards program, the Builder's Choice awards recognize the achievements of America's top residential builders and architects.

Each year a panel of notable judges are chosen to select the Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards winners and this year was no exception. The independent jury comprised six distinguished individuals, including Stephen Muse, Muse Architects, Bethesda, MD; Ali Honarkar, Division1 Architects, Washington, DC; Catherine Benotto, Weber Thompson, Seattle, WA; Jim Tanner, TannerHecht Architecture, San Francisco, CA; Tom Glass, Glass Construction, Washington, DC; and Dan Green, Green Company, Newton Centre, MA. In all, they bestowed 5 Special Focus awards, 22 Merit awards, 10 Grand awards, and one Project of the Year.

This year's Project of the Year distinction was awarded to 1615 North Wolcott Street, a contemporary urban infill project. The project, located in Chicago, IL, was designed and built by the team of The Miller Hull Partnership, of Seattle, Chicago builder/developer Ranquist Development, and the architect of record, Osterhaus McCarthy Architects, also of Chicago.

Judges evaluated entries based on overall excellence and innovation in architecture, technology and land planning. Other criteria used were: creative use of materials; interior design; floor plan efficiency; new design explorations; timeless details freshened for today; site sensitivity, budget, and contributions to environmental sustainability.

"The Builder's Choice Awards this year are as much about perseverance in the face of great pressure as anything else. This year's winners are a reflection of the times." said BUILDER Editorial Director Boyce Thompson, noting that sustainability, affordability, and regionalism were prominent themes in this year's competition, "At a time when the housing industry is hurting, these projects showed innovation and pragmatism."

Three industry leaders also were inducted into the BUILDER - Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence in recognition of their contributions to residential design.
2009 Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Robert Hidey, Irvine, CA
  • BAR Architects, San Francisco, CA
  • Horizon Builders, Crofton, MD

The 2009 Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards gala was co-sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors and Timberlake Cabinetry

To learn more about the BUILDER - Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence and the Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards, check out Builder's October 2009 issue or view the honorees and award winners online at For more information about the Builder's Choice Design & Planning Awards competition, please contact Jenny Sullivan, 202-736-3483.

About Hanley Wood    
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes more than 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is one of the ten largest B-to-B media companies in the United States. Hanley Wood is owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, which uses CCMP Capital Advisors to manage this investment.

About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around YouTM philosophy to life with every customer and every solution. A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry's most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners. Marvin's tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today. For more information about Marvin Windows and Doors, please visit

About Timberlake Cabinetry
Timberlake Cabinetry is a division of American Woodmark Corporation, the third largest manufacturer of kitchen cabinets in the United States. Timberlake® cabinets are sold directly to major homebuilders through a network of builder service centers and distributors. With more than 190 cabinet styles and a full array of coordinating moldings and accessories, Timberlake brand cabinets combine style and affordability. All Timberlake products have received certification by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). For more about Timberlake Cabinetry and to view the full line of cabinetry styles and accessories, visit


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