Colorado Glazing Contractors Bestows Awards
November 16, 2010

From left to right: Joel Watson, Harmon, CGCA Past President; Steve Sauerbreit, Harmon, CGCA Past Vice-President; Bill Trainor, Trainor Glass (King of the Hill winner); and Andy Amitrano, Horizon Glass, Legislative Committee Chair - CGCA President.

Last week the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association (CGCA) hosted its third annual award ceremony, Top of the Rockies. The evening was a bit smaller in attendance than years past, but maintained quality member involvement and quantity of projects submitted, according to CGCA executive director Rebecca Kaspari.

"At the beginning of this year we considered not hosting the event at all," she says. "Things are finally starting to turn around and we are seeing a light at the end of this economic tunnel. Once we reminded everyone of our submission deadline for the award ceremony, we had just as many entries as in years past."

Trainor Glass took home the "King of the Hill" award for its project--the Denver Courthouse. This award is presented to the top point earner regardless of budget category and will be featured on the cover of the next annual publication for the CGCA, The Looking Glass. The Denver Courthouse also won the project of the year contest for its budget category of more than $3 million. The winning project of the year for $1-3 million category was submitted by Metropolitan Glass for its work on the Center for Community building on the Colorado University Campus in Boulder, Colo. Horizon Glass Company took the award for project of the year under $1 million for the Penthouse Suites at the Four Seasons Hotel.

A special award also was set aside for the judges to convey their opinions in a less objective format about which project (regardless of budget) overcame challenging circumstances. This award, called "The Summit," is given each year to a company that had to learn new techniques and/or stretch its capabilities in order to complete a quality project. This year's winner was Harmon for its work at 1800 Larimer.

Suppliers also are recognized separately during this ceremony. "The Peak Performance" award was created for suppliers to receive recognition for the service and dedication they provide. Votes are tallied via the CGCA website from a list of supplier member companies. Spacecon took home the award this year.

The panel of judges is always comprised of individuals from outside the glazing industry including general contractors, architects, consultants, etc. The following volunteers weighed in on this year's projects as judges: Michael Gifford, executive director for the Association of General Contractors (AGC), Greg Borst, senior estimator with Swinerton Builders, Rick Wolfe, senior associate with Heery International, Maria Cole, senior associate for Klipp Architecture, and Ara Massey, Sustainability Estimator for GE Johnson.

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