And the ICF Award goes to...Amvic

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It was Amvic’s night at the biggest award celebration for ICFs (insulated concrete forms) held recently at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. Amvic won in an impressive four of the six category awards.

It was Amvic’s night at the biggest award celebration for ICFs (insulated concrete forms) held recently at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. Amvic ( won in an impressive four of the 6 category awards.

Entries incorporating 15 different types of ICF poured in from all over the country and all were noteworthy and impressive. Each project was judged based on its complexity, architecture, and how well it serves to advance the industry and draw positive attention to ICFs. As in previous years, the contest favours projects creativity, significance and difficulty of build more than other criteria.

Crestwood Elementary School was an award winner in the Heavy Commercial category. This Dixie ICF project has been receiving praise from the community and school district since its completion and has incorporated a number of complexities in its construction such as a stepped foundation to match the sloped site, 33 foot walls, and over 100 window and door openings. The incorporation of geothermal heating and cooling as well as the overall sustainability of this building add to its appeal.

One of the first ICF projects ever completed in Russia was our winner in the Multi-Family category - called the Shershni Community. This high density residential development used over 1.5 million square feet of ICF and took about three years to complete. The entire community was involved in the design on this complex and it is considered one of the largest ICF projects in the world. Even with some first-time installers on the crew, the project was completed 8 months ahead of schedule. That is no small feat, particularly with the extreme weather challenges that would have stopped many other construction efforts in their tracks.

Along with complexity and creativity, aesthetics and architecture were key considerations in the award selection process. Matthew Salerno, owner and architect for Mare Haven Residence, designed this project as an ‘architectural sculpture’. Winning first place in the Large Residential category, Mare Haven boasts complex corners, radius walls and large curved window openings. Although the contractor on this project had worked with ICF before, this was their first job using Amvic.

As this award presentation illustrates, ICF structures come in all shapes and sizes. Amvic ICF ( has been a forerunner in the industry for over 10 years and they continue to demonstrate flexibility and innovation with each new project. The Carrell Home, winner in the Unlimited Residential category, is an exquisite testament to the merging of form and function to create something beautiful. This private residence uses 20,000 square feet of ICF in its exterior walls and is designed to feel like an Italian Villa. Some unique features of this project include multiple radius walls to 27 feet high, an integrated pool and a retaining wall. The rapid ICF start-to-finish time of only 45 days speaks to the experience of Carrell Homes, the general contractor for this project.

“We are honoured to be recognized amongst our peers for the superior product Amvic provides. We believe that to remain competitive, we need to continuously improve and provide innovation and technology to an ever-growing industry,” says Gary Brown of Amvic. “Congratulations go out to all our partners for their collective achievements!”

If you’d like to learn more about these projects, contact Gary Brown at Amvic ICF at 1.877.470.9991. To find out how to incorporate insulating concrete forms into your next construction effort visit Amvic’s website at

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