Redesigned Building of the Year Awards Program for post-frame builders

NFBA builder members will benefit from an expanded, redesigned Building of the Year (BOY) Awards program in 2013. At its summer meeting, the NFBA membership committee identified a need to restructure the BOY categories in order to be able to recognize a greater number of exceptional post-frame buildings.

Benefits of winning
• Winners are recognized at a prestigious awards luncheon at the 2014 Frame Building Expo.
• Winning entries are featured in Frame  Building News magazine and in NFBA’s new photo gallery on the NFBA website.
• Winning photos are displayed on the Expo trade-show floor for viewing by more than 1,000 building and design professionals.
• Winners receive a Building of the Year plaque to showcase their company’s high-quality work.

The BOY awards program – an NFBA member benefit – allows members to feature their favorite post-frame buildings constructed each year. The program also supports NFBA’s mission to advance the post-frame industry by demonstrating to the public the building integrity and diversity of applications that post frame affords. In addition, the BOY awards ceremony at the annual Frame Building Expo gives a fitting tribute to the companies with winning submissions.

The 2013 program
The redesigned program has two main components: 12 categories for buildings submitted by companies with an annual gross volume of $6 million or less, and the same 12 categories for buildings submitted by companies with an annual gross volume of more than $6 million.

In June 2013 NFBA’s membership committee established an awards task force, chaired by Rick Carpenter, president, Central States Manufacturing. The task force examined historical data on BOY entries and held several intensive meetings on the subject. Their review included an examination of the number of entries per category over the past three years, participants’ company size, and member feedback. Using this information, the task force restructured the submission categories, which were approved by the NFBA Board of Directors. The new categories are listed in the chart above.

In the 2013 contest only one Judges’ Award will be given (in past years four of these were given). The Judges’ Award will be given to an exceptional building (built by a builder company of any size) that is worthy of special recognition. The task force believes that conferring the Judges’ Award on a single recipient will increase the honor of this award.

Other changes to the 2013 program include merging the three categories for Horse Barns/Facilities into two and eliminating the Industrial Buildings category. Industrial buildings may now be submitted in the Commercial Buildings categories.

2014 Frame Building Expo awards luncheon
Because the number of categories in the 2013 program is increasing, the format of the awards presentation will be refreshed. As in the past, all winners will accept their award on stage, and their winning buildings will be presented to the luncheon attendees by video or in a slideshow. Because the time span for the awards luncheon and presentation will not be extended, the award acceptances will be handled in a slightly different way (either with briefer speeches or the use of a different format, such as print). If you have not yet registered for the Expo or the awards luncheon, please visit, call NFBA Member Services at 800-557-6957 or e-mail

How to enter
A link to the BOY entry form and checklist appears on the NFBA home page and on the NFBA Award Programs page ( If you have any questions about the BOY application process or the awards program in general, please e-mail

NFBA has simplified some components of the entry form so that completing the form will require less time.

Entries are due Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and are to be mailed to the NFBA headquarters in Chicago, Ill. Mailing information is provided on the entry form. The judging – to be done by an engineering academic, a designer and a builder – will take place the second week of December. (In accordance with standard practice, the builder will be recused from judging any categories in which the individual’s company has an entry.)

NFBA membership
You must be an NFBA member to participate in the BOY contest. If you would like to enter the 2013 BOY contest and are not a member, you may join NFBA by contacting Member Services at 800-557-6957, e-mailing or completing and submitting the membership application located at Visit for a list of member benefits and a description of how NFBA can help advance your business. FBN

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