Design and construction award announced Friday

Governor Duncan Taylor officially
launched the call for nominations for a new award called the Governor’s Award
For Design & Construction Excellence in the Cayman Islands during a
cocktail event on the rooftop terrace of Cayman First’s offices Friday.

The award, an initiative of The
Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors & Engineers and the Cayman
Contractors Association, will be given annually to encourage and foster innovation,
sustainability and excellence in the Cayman Islands construction industry. Mr.
Taylor said it was a “no-brainer” for him to become involved in an initiative
that promotes beauty, sustainability and functionality in Cayman’s buildings.

“I’m very happy to lend my name to
it and I’m honoured to have been asked,” he said, stressing the importance of
nomination to everyone in the construction industry.

CASE Chairman Garth Arch said the
honour will be the preeminent award for excellence in the construction

“The award will celebrate the work
of the most talented project teams and their indispensable contribution to the
development of these Islands,” he said. 
Mr. Arch asked if design and construction was a reflection of society or
if they shaped a society.

“I would like to believe that our
industry is a cause and not merely an effect and that it holds the power to
influence our society for good,” he said, adding that he hopes the award will
serve as a catalyst of inspiration for the construction industry.

Any member of a project team,
including the developer, may nominate a project for consideration. The
submission deadline is 5 November and entries will then be short-listed and
considered by the governor and a panel of judges. The projects will be judged
on six criteria: design excellence; creativity and innovation; sustainability
and the environment; value; build ability; and cultural response. The winner
will be announced at a ceremony at the governor’s residence on 2 December.

Contractors Association Chairman
Rayal Bodden said the award is open to projects small or large.

“Projects only need to demonstrate
why it is special in any one or more areas of environmental friendliness,
Caymanian style, uniqueness, or any other aspect that the team feels is
important,” he said. “For example, a small renovation that embraces Caymanian
design, is LEED (green-building) certified and has a unique automation system,
could win the award over a multi-story building that lacks real Cayman design
elements and environmental friendliness.”

Mr. Bodden said project nominations
were open to the work of Contractors Association members as well as


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