Casa Tres Playas

  2018 Unlimited Residential 2nd Runner-Up   Casa Tres Playas is a beautiful 9,000-sq.-ft. home built directly on the beach a few miles northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. The residence experienced the full fury of Hurricane Harvey last fall. Yet the home sustained...

17th South Apartments

  2018 Development Best In Class   The 17 South project in Charleston, South Carolina, is a landmark for the ICF industry. Consisting of eight separate apartment buildings totally 249,000 sq. ft., it's a fantastic example of great design and efficient construction...

Tuscan Place

  2018 Large Residential 2nd runner-Up   Tuscan Place is the latest addition to an exclusive neighborhood that already features eight ICF homes of various sizes. It’s also the largest and most complex. Located near Corpus Christi, Texas, the property has a...

Fuente Cigar Warehouse

2018 Light Commercial Winner As the name suggests, this building is a warehousing and shipping facility for Arturo Fuente Cigars. The company was founded in the Tampa area in 1912, and in the past few decades has grown to be one of the most popular premium cigar...

The Toronto

  2018 Small Residential Best In Class   The Toronto sets a high bar for ICF construction. Built as a developer's first ICF project in difficult winter conditions, it demonstrates that innovative builders can increase profits and customer satisfaction while creating...

River House

  2018 Small Residential 2nd Runner-Up   River House is a beautiful single family home located on the banks of the Mississippi River about 100 miles downstream of St. Louis, Missouri. It was designed and built by Ivan and Sue Griffin, who despite having no previous...

Corn Mill Farm

  2018 SPECIALTY PROJECT BEST IN CLASS   Corn Mill Farm is a striking example of how the many features of ICF—energy efficiency, strength, ease of use, and design flexibility—can simplify even the most complex project. This project, located in the country-side of West...

Otten House

2018 Large Residential 1st Runner Up The Otten House, located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, appears to be an average family home. In reality, the Otten House is a net zero home, engineered to seamlessly blend proven, old-school technologies with...

Emerald City

2018 Large Residential Winner One of the more unique green homes is Emerald City and its attached guest house, which is located outside the Colorado ski resort town of Steamboat Springs. Mark Mueller, the homeowner, not only did the design work himself, but also...

Oak Hills Church

2018 Heavy Commercial Finalist The new Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, is a blend of contemporary and traditional Hill Country designs. Begun in August of 2015, the project consisted of a remodel of the existing 115,000-sq.-ft. facility and construction of a...

Rancho Sienna Elementary School

  2018 Heavy Commercial (Education) 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Georgetown, Texas Type: Elementary School Size: 118,000 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 175,000 sq. ft. Cost: $24.8 million Total Construction: 60 weeks ICF Installation Time: 155 days  ...

Douglass High School

  2018 Heavy Commercial (Education) Best in Class   Project Statistics Location: Lexington, Kentucky Type: High School Size: 287,125 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 100,000 sq. ft. Cost: $63 million Total Construction: 104 weeks ICF Installation Time: 150 days   Construction...

Otten House

  2018 Large Residential 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Caseyville, Illinois Type: Private Residence Size: 5,656 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 6,703 sq. ft. Cost: $883,000 Total Construction: 40 weeks ICF Installation Time: 9 days  Construction Team Owner:...

CMTA Office Building

  2018 Light Commercial 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Lexington, Kentucky Type: Engineering Firm Office Building Size: 11,750 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 9,835 sq. ft. Cost: $2.9 million Total Construction: 330 weeks ICF Installation Time: 90 days  ...

Finnish Rest Home

  2018 Multi-Family Best in Class   Project Statistics Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada Type: 9-Story Apartment Building Size: 111,500 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 143,500 sq. ft. Cost: $12.4 million Total Construction: 51 weeks ICF Installation Time: 98 days  ...

Beach Green North

  2018 Multi-Family 2nd Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Far Rockaway, New York Type: 101-Unit Apartment Building Size: 108,350 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 79,140 sq. ft. Cost: $32 million Total Construction: 77 weeks ICF Installation Time: 95 days   Construction...

Newmarket Apartments

  2018 Multi-family 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada Type: 212 Unit Apartment Building Size: 292,500 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 178,800 sq. ft. Cost: $27 million Total Construction: 60 weeks ICF Installation Time: 105 days  ...

Emerald City

  2018 Large Residential Best In Class   Project Statistics Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado Type: Private Residence Size: 6,000 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 16,531 sq. ft. Cost: $1.2 million Total Construction: 220 weeks ICF Installation Time: 240 days Construction...

McDowell Residence

  2018 Unlimited Residential Best In Class   Project Statistics Location: Llano County, Texas Type: Private Residence Size: 5,933 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 8,764 sq. ft. Total Construction: 2 years ICF Installation Time: 68 days   Construction Team Owner + General...

Transylvania University

  2018 Development 1st Runner Up   Project Statistics Location: Lexington, Kentucky Type: Three University Residence Halls Size: 135,935  sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 74,375 sq. ft. Cost: $21.5 million Total Construction: 10 months (per building) ICF Installation Time: 40...

Blumenfeld-Krone Residence

2018 Small Residential 1st Runner-Up Project Statistics Location: Verdi, California Type: Private Residence Size:  2,150 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 8,024 sq. ft. Cost: $850,000 Total Construction: 60 weeks ICF Installation Time: 54 days Construction Team Owner + General...

St. Juan Diego

  2018 Heavy Commercial (Religious) Best in Class   Project Statistics Location: Chandler, Arizona Type: Catholic Church Size: 22,536 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 41,429 sq. ft. Cost: $7.2 million Total Construction: 68 weeks ICF Installation Time: 76 days   Construction...

The Drew Castle

  2018 Unlimited Residential 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Eastern Michigan Type: Private Residence Size: 10,000 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 14,032 sq. ft. Total Construction: 200 weeks ICF Installation Time: 120 days   Construction Team Owner + General...

The winners of the 2018 ICF Builder Awards were announced in Las Vegas, Nev., at an evening award presentation held in conjunction with the World of Concrete trade show in January.   The annual project-of-the-year competition is widely regarded as the biggest event in the ICF industry, and the best opportunity to come together, network,  and celebrate the advances that have been made.

Industry growth, combined with a flood of entries this year, led to the expansion of several categories.  In addition to the three residential categories, winners were chosen in the light commercial, specialty application and multifamily divisions. This year’s event also included a residential development category, and the heavy commercial winners were separated into education and religious divisions.

The top scoring projects, listed on the following pages, stood out in a worldwide competition where every entry was noteworthy and impressive.

The construction teams who built the winning projects were recognized in front of more than 200 of the most influential figures in the ICF industry, including designers, installers, manufacturers, distributors, owners, and representatives of auxiliary ICF products.

Complexity, creativity, site challenges and media exposure were all factored in determining which projects deserved top honors.

“These are milestone projects that have advanced the entire industry due to their significance and visibility,” says Clark Ricks, editorial director of this magazine and one of the contest judges. “The individuals who design and build these impressive structures are redefining what’s possible with ICF.”

The event was made possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors, including ICF Builder Group, a trade association for ICF professionals and the other sponsors listed below.  Platinum sponsor Giraffe Bracing donated several valuable prizes, including an entire crate of Giraffe Bracing, which was awarded to Malcolm Matthews of ICF Texas..

2018 ICF Builder Award Winners

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