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2018 Commercial Design Awards

Creative interiors stood out to a trio of judges who selected the winners in our annual Commercial Design Awards program.

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Meet the judges

Mark Fenton, senior vice president, Leopardo Interiors Group, Chicago, Ill.

Mark Fenton manages the day-to-day operations of Leopardo’s Interiors group. As senior vice president, Fenton is involved in preconstruction, project management, subcontractor relations, quality control, and staff training. He joined Leopardo in 1997 and has worked with clients of varying sizes on interior construction, renovations, restorations, and build-outs. With 30 years of overall experience, he has managed several million square feet of interior construction for private-sector and nonprofit clients.

Marc Manack, AIA, NCARB, principal, Silo AR+D, Charlotte, N.C.

Marc Manack, a graduate of Ohio State University’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, serves as assistant professor at the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture and is co-editor of Out of Scale, a book about small, award-winning projects. SILO AR+D is an architecture, research, and design practice whose work has been recognized with national and international design awards and featured in publications such as Azure Magazine as one of the “Next Generation of Cutting Edge Architects.”

Victor Sidy, AIA, LEED AP, managing principal, Victor Sidy Architect

Victor Sidy is an architect, educational leader, and advocate for quality in the built environment. He served as head of school and dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Spring Green, Wis., and teaches design in the Master of Real Estate Development program at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He hosted a television series on architecture and has served on national and international design juries.

Plan now to enter the 2019 CDAs

The annual Commercial Design Awards celebrate the best commercial building projects and designs of Greater Madison architects, engineers, and builders. Looking ahead, work on the April 2019 CDA presentation, for projects completed in 2018, is already underway.

Next year’s program will mark the CDAs’ 12th year, and once again we will recognize a Project of the Year, a Most Innovative Feature, a Most Innovative Green Solution, and a first-place winner in several categories. The categories will be listed online by the end of April, and worthy projects can be submitted for more than one category if applicable.

As part of the nomination process, we will ask for blueprints, floor plans or renderings, and photographs of both the interior and exterior for consideration by our panel of judges.

For renovation entries, we ask that photographs be taken at the beginning and at the conclusion of the construction project. This helps our distinguished panel of CDA judges assess the quality of refurbished buildings.

Winners in each award category will be unveiled at an awards reception in April 2019 (date and location to be determined) and will be featured in the April 2019 edition of In Business magazine. The Project of the Year will adorn the cover of that magazine.

IB encourages companies — architects, general contractors, and engineers — with projects due for completion in 2018 to contact Events Manager Jessica Hamm ( to keep their soon-to-be completed projects on our radar screen. IB will provide entry forms, nomination materials, and other information to these firms as soon as they are available.

Coming next month: Special C&D report

Stay tuned in for the May 2018 edition of In Business magazine, which will feature a special report on the state of commercial construction and development in Greater Madison.

Panelists from the Boardman Clark law firm, IA Management LLC, and Wisconsin Bank & Trust will give their take on a range of topics, including the “C&D” trends local business operators should pay particular attention to.

We’ll explore the following topics: whether lower federal tax bills will free up resources for businesses to expand operations; how the labor shortage is impacting the pace of projects, including Foxconn’s impact on the availability of construction labor in Greater Madison; the business lending climate and the impact of gradually rising interest rates on financing costs; what business owners should be thinking about as they prepare to apply for loans to fund real estate and/or development projects; and whether there should be room in the pending federal infrastructure bill for sustainable building projects, not just roads and bridges.

Also causing worry are the cost impacts of the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum on construction materials and budgets for infrastructure, commercial projects, and school projects.

So if a facility expansion project is in your future, be sure to check the May edition of In Business for the answers to these and other development trends.

Click here to sign up for the free IB ezine — your twice-weekly resource for local business news, analysis, voices, and the names you need to know. If you are not already a subscriber to In Business magazine, be sure to sign up for our monthly print edition here.

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