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Berks starts awards program for development projects

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The Building Berks Awards is accepting nominations.
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A new trade show and awards program has been established to shine a spotlight on some of the best residential, construction and industrial development projects built in Berks County over the last two years.

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance announced it is taking nominations for the inaugural Building Berks Awards to honor outstanding projects “that have contributed positively to our local economy and quality of life in the region,” the GRCA said.

The deadline is Aug. 31.

Projects, which can be new construction or renovations, must have been completed between January 2016 and January 2018.

Applications are open to anyone connected to a construction project in the last two years, including developers, contractors, engineers, banker, architects, real estate brokers and legal firms, among others.

Projects will be evaluated by a group of distinguished judges from various industries.

Judging criteria will be based on design, aesthetics and economic impact.

“The success of both the real estate and construction industries make up an important component of Berks’ growing economy,” Randy Peers, president and CEO of GRCA, said in a statement.

“From new residential and commercial projects, to specialized facilities in health care, manufacturing, agriculture and the arts, the Building Berks Awards event shines a spotlight on positive growth and development throughout the Greater Reading area and showcases projects that have had a strong impact on quality of life in our community,” he said.

Michael Kautter, president/principal architect at Kautter & Kelley Architects, based in Wyomissing, and a judge for Building Berks, said, “Architectural design if often a catalyst to reinvigorated and redefined communities.”

Kautter cited Allentown, Lancaster, Phoenixville and Ambler as examples of vibrant urban and semi-urban communities that have been revived in part through architecture.

“Berks County is perfectly situated, and undeniably poised, to redefine and enhance its already unique working and living environments,” he said.

The award categories:

• Agricultural.

• Education.

• Entertainment/tourism.

• Health-related.

• Historic preservation.

• Housing – single; multifamily unit; adaptive reuse.

• Manufacturing – small (50,000 square feet or less); large (50,000 square feet or more).

• Mixed use.

• Office.

• Retail.

Winners will be announced at a cocktail reception in the fall at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Hotel.

The event will be preceded by a trade show that features builders, construction supply companies, architecture and real estate firms and other related industries.

Nomination forms and further information can be found at greaterreading.org/buildingberks or by calling Deb Heffner at 610-376-6766.

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