Inc. Creates New Safe & Secure Award Category For 2007
Builders and architects who have demonstrated creativity when designing
hurricane-resistant structures are invited to submit projects into
the 2007 Aurora Awards, a design competition recognizing projects
in the Southeastern United States. Solutia Inc., a manufacturer
of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for the production of impact-resistant
glass, is sponsoring a new category in the competition.
The AURORA Awards are presented annually to builders, architects,
interior designers, landscape architects and other home building
professionals in a 12-state region that includes: Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Solutia's award,
known as the Safe & Secure Award will recognize builders, designers,
architects, and other home building professionals who incorporate
the use of - and meet or exceed code requirements for - impact-resistant
windows and doors for safety, as well as for the use of other design
elements that minimize the effects of hurricanes and other disasters
on homes and multi-family structures.
"The building industry has responded remarkably to the need
for improved protective measures in residential structures during
the past ten years," says Stephany Davenport, marketing manager
at Solutia Inc. "We've seen our KeepSafe Maximum ® interlayers
for impact-resistant glass used in countless projects where property
was protected and lives were saved. It's been an extremely rewarding
experience. Now, we'd like to salute those individuals who have
made a commitment to designing and building safer structures. We
are delighted to partner with the AURORA Awards and its long heritage
of recognizing outstanding projects in the Southeast."
Judges for the Safe & Secure Award will look for projects that
demonstrate excellence in code-plus passive protection measures
relating to product usage including roofing, walls, windows and
doors. Overall design strategy and aesthetic appeal will also be
considered. Finally, affordability will be considered, as it relates
to the overall cost of the project. Projects may not be more than
two years old at time of entry. Entries are due March 9, 2007 and
the late date to enter a completed portfolio is April 13, 2007.
Safe & Secure Award competition entry categories will include:
· Attached For-Sale Homes
· Detached Single Family Home
· Custom Home (One of a Kind)
· High Rise Residential
· Remodel (significant changes to existing structures in
all of the above)
Jeffry Quinn, chief executive officer of Solutia, has pledged significant
company resources toward the adoption of safer building practices
in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi following the devastation
created by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
"We look forward to spotlighting other companies and individuals
who have made a commitment to safer building practices," says
Quinn. "When manufacturers work in concert with the creativity
of builders and architects, great accomplishments can be made on
behalf of the homeowner."
The AURORA Awards program is affiliated with the Florida Home Builders
Association and the Southeast Building Conference - one of two regional
trade shows recognized by and affiliated with the National Association
of Home Builders. Award winners are announced each year in conjunction
with the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC).
The judges selected for the AURORA Awards are nationally-recognized
professionals from the fields of home building, development, architecture,
land planning, interior merchandising, marketing and media (building
trade publications). Judging is based on a point system that rates
each entry on a specific set of criteria and its own merit. Solutia
will select its own panel of judges to review Hurricane Protection
entries. The jury will be announced in the fall of 2006.
Solutia will award one Grand Aurora and up to two Aurora Award at
the 2007 gala held annually at the Southeast Builder's Conference
for more information on the Aurora awards.