Frequently Asked Questions


Awards Gala FAQs

Constructor Awards FAQs

Achievement Award FAQs

Construction Education Friend Award FAQs

Sponsorship FAQs


Installation & Awards Gala FAQs


Q:  When/where will the Installation & Awards Gala be held?

A:   New this year, the Awards Gala will be held in conjunction with the Installation of Officers Banquet on January 31, 2020. This event's details are still being confirmed, so check back this summer to learn more and purchase your banquet tickets.

 

Q:  What is the schedule of events for the Installation & Awards Gala?  When do I need to be there?

A:  There will be a reception prior to the dinner, which will start at 6:00 PM. Exact timing of the banquet event including award presentations will be released later.

 

Q:  When will registration for the Installation & Awards Gala be open?

A:   Registration for the Awards Banquet will be opening in fall 2019.  Please check back this fall for additional updates.

 

Q:  I’m also attending AGC of CA Annual Conference in October; can I add my Installation & Awards Gala ticket to my conference registration like I did last year?  

A:  Unlike last year, the Installation & Awards Gala event will be separate from the Annual Conference event, so those registrations will be handled separately.

 

Q:  What is the dress code/attire request for the Installation & Awards Gala?

A:  The dress code/attire for the Installation & Awards Gala is Black Tie. We request than men wear tuxedos or suits and women wear gowns or formal cocktail attire.

 

Q: Will all of the sub-contractors and vendors who worked on our project receive an invitation to attend the Installation & Awards Gala?

A:   Yes, AGC sends an electronic banquet invitation to all of the sub-contractors and vendors who worked on projects that are finalists in the Constructor Awards.  This is another reason why it is so important to ensure the lists you provide us in your entry are complete and accurate.

 

Q:  The sub-contractors who worked on our project are not AGC Member companies, can non-AGC member companies attend the Installation & Awards Gala?

A:   Yes, but they will be subject to the higher non-member ticket prices.

 

Q:  Will everyone from my company/project be able to sit at the same table?

A:  The tables will accommodate 10 people.  If your group is larger than 10 people then you will be split over two or more tables.  Also, if someone from your group registers late (or shows up to the event without registering) we will not be able to guarantee last-minute seating requests.  This is why we encourage early registration for all finalist companies attending the event; it ensures your group will be able to sit together and/or in close proximity of one another.

 

Q:  How do I submit a special meal request/dietary restriction?

A:   You will be able to submit this information as part of the online registration process or you may also send special meal requests or questions to awards@agc-ca.org



Constructor Awards FAQs

 

Q:  Is my company eligible to enter?

A:  In order to be eligible to enter, your company must be an AGC of California member in good standing.

 

Q:  Are projects completed by a Joint Venture (versus one AGC member company) eligible to enter?

A:  .  If your company is submitting a project/entry on behalf of a Joint Venture (JV); the JV must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The Joint Venture is an AGC of California member in good standing.
  • The Joint Venture project team is comprised of 50% or more AGC of CA member companies- all in good standing.

Q: Does submitting an entry as a Joint Venture count towards my maximum of two projects per company?

A:  The maximum of two projects in two separate categories applies to AGC member companies as well as Joint Ventures.  As long as 50% of the Joint Venture is comprised of AGC of CA member companies, the Joint Venture is considered a separate entity and can submit two entries in addition to the AGC member company submitting 2 entries. 

Q:  What is the cost of entering? 

A:   The entry fee is $500 per entry/project, plus an additional $250 if you choose to also enter your project entry in the Excellence in Partnering Awards category. 

 

Q:  How many projects can an individual company submit?

A:  An individual company can submit two projects; in two separate categories, plus one of those projects can be entered into the Excellence in Partnering category for an additional $250. So technically you could have a maximum of three chances to win a Constructor Award. If you are also submitting separately as a JV, that would give you another 3 chances to win.

 

Q:  In the past, our company has submitted to the Excellence in Partnering Awards program, how do I submit for that?

A:   The Excellence in Partnering Awards program has evolved into a category of the Constructor Awards Programs. When you submit an entry to the Constructor Awards program, you can check the box to also submit for the Excellence in Partnering category. An additional $250 as well as an additional Partnering Narrative and copy of your Partnering Charter are required in order to submit in this category.

 
Q: For the categories with project total dollar amount specifications is the total based on the awarded value of the project amount or the total value of a completed project?

A: For these categories, the total is based on the total value of a completed project, not the awarded value.  This applies to the Heavy Civil, Builder, and Specialty categories. For example, if you were awarded a project as a specialty contractor and the contract was for $9 million, but it ended at $11 million, you would enter in the Specialty Over $10 Million category.

Q:  Is there a standard format or example entries we should follow?

A:  No, there is not a standard format.   Please refer to the AGC Constructor Awards entry packet for information on format preferences and requirements.  In terms of example formats, we can provide example entries upon request.  Please contact awards@agc-ca.org to request past entry examples.

 

Q:  Do you have any tips for us on how to format a winning entry?

A:  Winning entries all have one thing in common; they are well organized, easy to navigate and clearly articulate to the judges WHY the project should win in that specific category.  In terms of organization, our judges recommend that you separate your written narrative into major topics (e.g.: design challenges, site challenges, safety, existing building/site challenges (if applicable), LEED, materials innovation…).  Also, make sure your subcontractor/supplier list is  complete and inclusive of all who participated on the project.

Each Constructor Award entry is eligible for the Excellence in Partnering category. Choosing to add this onto your existing entry for an additional $250 is another great way to push your entry towards success.

 

Q:  Why are so many project pictures required with the submission? What do you do with them?

A:  The project pictures submitted with entries are used to promote the finalists and Awards Banquet but more importantly, should your project be selected as a finalist, the pictures will be used to create production videos shown at the Awards Banquet.  Last year's finalist videos are available to view on the Constructor Awards page on the awards website. While selecting the photos you submit in your entry; please keep in mind how they will be used and submit 20 or more high resolution (300 dpi or higher).  Also, we recommend that your pictures depict various stages of construction and/or tell the “story” of your entry and the project’s individual challenges or innovation. If your photos are not specifically labeled when you submit, you must include a list explaining the photos, so the judges will understand the story you are trying to tell with the photos.

Q:  Are Display Boards still required with entries?

A:  New in 2019, display boards are no longer an entry requirement. AGC Staff will use your submitted photos to create the display boards that are used during judging and displayed at the banquet. Please do not take it upon yourself to create your own board because we will only be displaying AGC-created boards at the Awards Banquet.


Q:  What is the deadline to submit our entry?

A: The deadline is Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM. All entries must be RECEIVED by the deadline at the AGC of CA West Sacramento Office.  Projects not received by that point are subject to disqualification.

 

Q:  Will the deadline be extended?

A:  No, the deadline is firm and will not be extended.

 

Q:  After the submission deadline, what are the next steps in the selection process?

A:  After all the entries are received, our staff conducts an intake process to ensure all entries are complete and qualified to move forward in the process.  All entrants will be contacted to let them know we've received their entry and it is complete and moving on to the next stages. From there, the preliminary judging panel reviews all of the entries and meets in person to conduct preliminary judging; the results of their votes determine the finalists in each category. After the finalists are determined, all companies will receive notification on the status of their project and whether or not it will advance to the final judging.  The final judging for Constructor Awards takes place on the day of the Awards Banquet (January 2020). Winners are determined earlier that day and their names will be called out for the first time at the Awards Banquet.

 

Q:  Who are the judges?

A:    The Awards Committee are the preliminary judges, so during the preliminary judging, they will vote to select three finalists in each category. The final judging panel consists of seven judges. The final judges include one representative from the AGC Joint Engineering Division, Building Division and Specialty Contractor Council, three members of the Awards Committee, and one individual from the public or private sector allied with the construction industry (as selected by the Awards Committee). 

 

Q:  If selected as a finalist, when will our company be notified?

A:  We anticipate that all finalists will be notified no later than August 7, 2019, following the preliminary judging.  

 

Q: If selected as a winner, when will our company be notified?

A:  Since the final judging for Constructor Awards takes place on the day of the Awards Banquet, winners will not be notified until the sealed envelope is opened and read at the Banquet that evening. How exciting!

 

Q:  Do we get our submission materials back post-event?

A:  Since entries are now digital, entries will not be returned after submission.  If you mail printed items along with your USB entry, those will not be returned to you. AGC keeps the USBs as backup of each entry, so USBs cannot be returned either.


Achievement Award FAQs

Q:  Who can my company (or AGC District Board/Division/Committee/Council) nominate?

A:  For the Associate and Specialty Contractor Achievement Awards your nominee must be an individual who works for (or is retired from) an AGC member company in good standing who has provided a service/product to or worked in the construction industry for a minimum of 15 years.  For the Contractor Achievement Award the nominee must be an individual who works for (or is retired from) an AGC member company in good standing who has provided a service/product to or worked in the construction industry for a minimum of 25 years. For the S.I.R. Achievement Award your nominee can be an individual who is employed in the public or private sector.  All Award nominees (all categories) must demonstrate outstanding contributions to the California Construction industry and AGC members and/or the Association at large.

 

Q:  What is the cost of nominating someone?   

A:  There is no cost to nominate an individual for an AGC Achievement Award other than your time to write up/submit the nomination.  Please take the time to nominate someone who you feel is deserving of this award, for this is a great way to ensure your AGC peers are recognized for their outstanding contributions.

 

Q:  How many individual nominations can one AGC member company (or AGC District Board/Division/Committee/Council) submit?  

A:   Each individual AGC member company can make up to one nomination per category; or a total of four (4) nominations. An AGC District Board/Division/Committee/Councils can make only one nomination per year, maximum. 

 

Q:  Is there a standard format or example nomination we should follow?

A:  No, there is not a standard format. Each nomination must include a signed copy of the official nomination form along with a one page narrative (minimum) detailing the individual's achievements and all the reasons WHY he/she should win the award.  Also, please make sure to include a one page bio. In terms of example formats, we can provide example nominations upon request.  Please contact awards@agc-ca.org for more information or to view examples.

 

Q:  Do you have any tips for us on how to format a winning nomination?

A:  Winning nominations all have one thing in common; they are well organized, easy to navigate and clearly articulate to the judges WHY the nominee should win in that specific category.  Also, while crafting your nomination, please keep in mind that the judging panel may not be familiar with the nominee(s) and it’s YOUR JOB to convey all of the pertinent and persuasive information they need to make an informed selection.   Another tip; before submitting your nomination, please review the nomination packet one more time to ensure you have followed the correct process for that particular category (Associates, Specialty, Contractor or S.I.R.) and have all the proper signatures.  Failing to follow the correct process prior to the deadline could result in a disqualification of your nomination.

 

Q:  What is the deadline to submit our nomination(s)?

A:  The deadline for all award entries is Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM. All entries must be RECEIVED by the deadline at the AGC of California West Sacramento Office. Projects not received by that point are subject to disqualification.

 

Q:  Will the deadline be extended?

A: No, the deadline is firm and will not be extended.

 

Q:  After the submission deadline, what are the next steps in the selection process?

A: After all the entries are received, our staff conducts an intake process to ensure all entries are complete and qualified to move forward in the process.  All nominators will be notified that their nomination has been received, is complete, and will be moving onto the next stages. From there, the judging panel reviews all of the nominations and casts a ballot to determine the winners of each Achievement Award.  After that process is completed, both Award winners and individuals/groups who have submitted a nomination will be notified of the results.

 

Q:  Who are the judges?

A:   The judging panels vary by Achievement Award Category. Please visit judging pages of the Achievement Award nomination packet for more information on the composition of each judging panel.

 

Q: If our nominee is selected as a winner, when will our company and the winning individual be notified?  

A: After the judging process is completed, both Award winners and individuals/groups who have submitted a nomination will be notified of the results.  We anticipate notifications will take place by late August.


Construction Education Friend Award FAQs


Q:  Who can my company (or AGC District Board) nominate?

A: To be eligible for a Friend Award an individual must have made an outstanding contribution to the construction education and/or workforce development effort.

 

Q:  What is the cost of nominating someone?   

A: There is no cost to nominate an individual for a Construction Education Friend Award other than your time to write up/submit the nomination.  This is a great way to ensure your AGC peers are recognized for their outstanding contributions.

 

Q:  How many individual nominations can one AGC member company (or AGC District Board/Division/Committee/Council)) submit?  

A:  Each AGC member company or AGC District Board may nominate one individual, maximum per year.  

 

Q:  Is there a standard format or example nomination we should follow?

A:  No, there is not a standard format or page maximum.   Each nomination must include a signed copy of the official nomination form along with a one page (minimum) narrative detailing the individual's achievements and all the reasons WHY he/she should win the award that also answers the specific questions listed on page one (1) of the Construction Education Friend Award nomination packet.  Also, please make sure to include a one page bio.   In terms of example formats, we can provide example nominations upon request.  Please contact Nasim Adeli with your nomination questions or to request past nomination examples.

 

Q:  Do you have any tips for us on how to format a winning nomination?

A:  Winning nominations all have one thing in common; they are well organized, easy to navigate and clearly articulate to the judges WHY the nominee should win the Construction Education Friend Award.  Also, while crafting your nomination, please keep in mind that the judging panel may not be familiar with the nominee and it’s YOUR JOB to convey all of pertinent and persuasive information they need to make an informed selection.   Another tip; before submitting your nomination, please review the nomination packet one more time to ensure you have followed the correct process and have all the proper signatures (i.e. local AGC District Manager signature).  Failing to follow the correct process prior to the deadline could result in a disqualification of your nomination.

 

Q:  What is the deadline to submit our nomination(s)?

A: The deadline for all award entries is Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM. All entries must be RECEIVED by the deadline at the AGC of California West Sacramento Office. Projects not received by that point are subject to disqualification.

 

Q:  Will the deadline be extended?

A: No, the deadline is firm and will not be extended.

 

Q:  After the submission deadline, what are the next steps in the selection process?

A: After all the entries are received, our staff conducts an intake process to ensure all entries are complete and qualified to move forward in the process.  All nominators will be notified that their nomination has been received, is complete, and will be moving onto the next stages. From there, the judging panel reviews all of the nominations and casts a ballot to determine the winner.  After that process is completed, both Award winner and individuals/groups who have submitted a nomination will be notified of the results.

 

Q:  Who are the judges?

A:   The judging panel for this award is comprised of the AGC Construction Education Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Q: If our nominee is selected as a winner, when will our company and the winning individual be notified?  

A: After the judging process is completed, both Award winners and individuals/groups who have submitted a nomination will be notified of the results.  We anticipate notifications will take place by end of August.



Sponsorship FAQs


Q: Who normally attends this event and what is the total average attendance?

A:  The majority of the attendees at the Annual AGC Awards Banquet are individuals who work as part of project teams and/or are executives for companies that have projects in the running for a Constructor Award along with representatives from their respective sub-contractors and vendors that supported the finalist projects.  On average we have 300-400 attendees at the Awards Banquet, so we expect a higher number due to the combination with the Installation of Officers event in 2020.  To get a better idea of what companies will be in attendance, check this site again at the end of August and view the “finalist lists” for each Award Program to find out which companies are finalists and will likely be in attendance.

 

Q:  Can a non-AGC member company sponsor the Awards Banquet?

A:   Yes, however there are certain sponsor benefits that may not apply to non-member sponsors.  Contact events@agc-ca.org for more information.

 

Q:  What is the $2,500 “Audit Sponsor” ?

A:   This is an opportunity for our Accounting/Audit Member firms to get involved in the Awards Banquet in a unique and high profile way!  By becoming the Audit Sponsor for the AGC Awards Banquet, your company will assist our staff in counting/certifying the ballots for the final judging and a representative of your company will be a guest at the event and hand each award presenter the envelope containing the winning company’s name!  Click here to learn more about this and all available sponsorship categories.

 

Q:  What benefits will our company receive as a sponsor of this event?

A:    Benefits vary by sponsor level. For more information on the benefits that come with each sponsorship level, please Click to view the sponsorship opportunities available for the Awards Banquet >>


Questions?

If you've reviewed the FAQ and you still have questions about the event, please contact:


Nikki Jose
Events Administrative Assistant
916.371.2422
josen@agc-ca.org