The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named 152 regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) winners from the 2013 competition, of which 19 are NARI members. Judging for the regional projects took place at NARI’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Ill., during the second week of January.
Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. National winners will be announced and honored during NARI’s Evening of Excellence reception April 12 at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. National winners will be announced via webcast on the evening of April 12, and the webcast will be available for viewing for 30 days afterward on www.nari.org/eveningofexcellence
All projects in the CotY awards program are an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.
The CotY Awards program also recognizes projects with universal design and green elements through the Universal Design Project Recognition Program and Green Project Recognition Program.
Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2012, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. The entries of this year’s competition totaled over $71 million worth of remodeling projects. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.