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In Business magazine invites your participation in the 14th annual Commercial Design Awards. The award honors the best commercial design projects built in Wisconsin. The winners will be featured in the April 2021 issue of In Business magazine with the 2021 Project of the Year gracing the cover of this anticipated issue.


  • Best New Development – Office
  • Best Renovation – Office
  • Best New Development or Renovation – Retail
  • Best New Development – Residential (Multi-Unit)
  • Best New Development or Renovation – Hotel
  • Best New Development or Renovation – Restaurant or Bar
  • Best New Development or Renovation – Education
  • Best New Development or Renovation – Health Care
  • Best New Development or Renovation – Mixed Use
  • Best Outdoor Landscaping Project
  • Most Innovative Feature
  • Most Innovative Green Solution
  • Project of the Year


For full information about the award, including details about the award submission process and applicable fees, download the nomination guide here.


To submit an entry, click here.

The 2021 Commercial Design Awards are presented by:

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2021 CDA Best New Development or Renovation–Mixed Use: Ellsworth Block

The structure, which was built in 1871 and required a complete renovation, is home to the Wisconsin English as a Second Language School and serves business executives and students from all over the world who want to improve their language skills for academic, personal, or professional reasons.

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