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2019 Commercial Design Awards: You've got personality!

Winning commercial building designs reflect the personality of their tenants.

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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 is founding principal of SILO AR+D, an architecture, research, and design practice with national and international awards for design excellence. SILO also has been recognized as a “Next Progressive” by Architect magazine and an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York. Marc is an assistant professor at the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture and taught in the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Ohio State’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture.

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, Arizona and Spring Green, Wisconsin, and he teaches design in the Master of Real Estate Development program at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He hosted a television series on architecture and has served on national and international design juries.

Plan now to enter the 2020 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 2020 CDA presentation, for projects completed in 2019, is already underway.

Next year’s program will mark the CDAs’ 13th 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 a summary of the project’s notable features and community impact and for 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 of 2020 (date and location to be determined) and will be featured in the April 2020 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 2019 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 2019 edition of In Business magazine, which will feature a special report on the state of commercial construction and development in Greater Madison.

Panelists from Boardman & Clark law firm, C.D. Smith Construction, and Miron Construction will give their insight on a range of topics, including the “C&D” trends local business operators should pay particular attention to.

We’ll explore the following topics: how the use of technology in construction and business operations is helping firms deliver quality buildings on time and on budget; the impacts of the labor shortage, which is considered severe in all segments of the building trade, on training costs and scheduling; whether a truce in the world’s trade wars (lower tariffs) will reduce the growing cost of construction materials; and what’s new in the realm of green design and sustainable buildings.

In addition to technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and constantly evolving construction management systems, will commercial developers use drones for things like 3D mapping and safety inspections? There are a lot of moving parts in this industry, all of which impact our ability to afford the offices of the future. Our panelists will do their best to make sense of it all.

So, if a building project is in your future, be sure to check the May edition of In Business magazine for the answers to these questions.

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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