Saugeen Police Headquarters

2020 Heavy Commercial2nd Runner-Up Project Statistics Location: Port Elgin, Ontario, CanadaType: Police StationSize: 15,000 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 11,600 sq. ft. Cost: $6.8 millionTotal Construction: 52 weeksICF Installation Time: 35 days Construction Team Owner:...

Jennings Creek Elementary

2020 Heavy Commercial1st Runner-Up Not long ago, zero-energy construction was thought to be unattainable in a cost-effective manner. That changed when Richardsville Elementary was built. Located in Bowling Green, Ky., and completed in time for the 2010-2011 school...

Showbiz Cinema 

2020 Heavy CommercialWinner Project Statistics Location: Homestead, FloridaType: 10-screen Movie TheaterSize: 75,500 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 88,100 sq. ft. Cost: $12.5 MillionTotal Construction: 60 weeksICF Installation Time: 100 days Construction Team  Owner: Showbiz...

Warner Fire Rescue

2020 Light CommercialWinner Project Statistics Location: Warner, Hew HampshireType: Fire StationSize: 11,000 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 12,000 sq. ft. Cost: 2.75 millionTotal Construction: 38 weeksICF Installation Time: 27 days Construction Team Owner: Town of...

Give Me Shelter Project

2020 Light Commercial1st Runner-Up Project Statistics  Location: Belmont, New YorkType: Animal ShelterSize: 16,600 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 10,700 sq. ft. Cost: 2.9 millionTotal Construction: 160 weeksICF Installation Time: 27 days Construction Team  Owner: SPCA of...

Helena Shooting Range

2020 Light Commercial2nd Runner-Up Project Statistics Location: Helena, MontanaType: Firearm Practice FacilitySize: 6,700 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 14,500 sq. ft. Cost: $1.1 millionTotal Construction: 30 weeksICF Installation Time: 30 days Construction Team Owner: HCO...

Heritage Square Retirement Living

2020 Senior Living1st Runner-UpProject Statistics Location: Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, CanadaType: Assisted Living Retirement Home Size: 62,000 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 33,400 sq. ft. Cost: CAN$15.5 millionTotal Construction: 72 weeksICF Installation Time: 50...

Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Center

2020 Senior LivingWinner A retirement residence in Stittsville, Ontario, Canada, is nothing short of amazing. Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence has everything that residents and staff would want: a south-facing courtyard at the rear of the building, covered...

The Villas at Riverdale

2020 Senior Living2nd Runner-Up A $14 million first-of-its-kind Canadian project in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, used ICF blocks from Nudura for 100% of its 2,000 sq.ft. of exterior walls. 320 sq.ft. of demising walls (those that separate a tenant's suite from...

Sooke Point

2020 Multi-FamilyWinner Sooke Point includes four ICF vacation triplexes, built at the very edge a seaside cliff at the extreme southwestern tip of Canada.The project was honored as “Best Multifamily Development” at the 2020 ICF Builder Awards earlier this year. The...

Roost 1B

2020 Multi-Family2nd Runner-Up Project Statistics  Location: Bainbridge Island, WashingtonType: Mixed Use “Live+Work” Development with Four BuildingsSize: 40,000 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 44,000 sq. ft. Cost: $18 millionTotal Construction: 76 weeksICF Installation Time:...

The Lithium

2020 Multi-Family1st Runner-Up Project Statistics Location: Granby, Quebec, CanadaType: 33-Unit Apartment BuildingSize: 45,800 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 46,200 sq. ft. Cost: CAN$3.3 millionTotal Construction: 18 months Construction Team Owner: Les Investissements...

Ranch House Pool

2020 Speciality ApplicationWinner This backyard swimming pool was built by an ICF installer for his own enjoyment.Construction took place on weekends as time was available, which stretched to project timeline significantly.Rather than use an existing design, the...

The Pinnacle

2020 Unlimited Residential2nd Runner-Up The Pinnacle is an ultra-modern home with passive solar design, massive windows and a walkable rooftop terrace. It’s located on a lot overlooking a small lake in Komoka, a suburb of London in southwest Ontario, Canada. “There is...

Godfrey Virginia Beach

2020 Unlimited ResidentialWinner Project Statistics Location: Virginia Beach, VirginiaType: Custom HomeSize: 13,700 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 11,000 sq. ft. Cost: $3.2 millionTotal Construction: 4 weeksICF Installation Time: 90 days Construction Team Owner:...

Iowa Nest Residence

2020 Small ResidentialWinner The Iowa Nest Residence began with an ambitious goal: build a Net Zero Energy home on a conventional construction budget without compromising design.To achieve its energy goals, the home is built to Passive House standards, which includes...

Stid Hill House

2020 Small Residential2nd Runner-Up Stid Hill House is located in rural New York, about 100 miles east of Buffalo in the “Finger Lakes” region of the state. Vic Logan, who served as general contractor and ICF installer, is not a full-time construction professional,...

Phoenix Rising Fire Tower

2020 Small Residential1st Runner-Up Project Statistics  Location: Broken Bow, OklahomaType: Vacation RentalSize: 1,900 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 2,800 sq. ft. Cost: $130,000Total Construction: 40 weeksICF Installation Time: 18 days Construction Team  Owner: A....

Hurricane Harvey Rebuild

2020 Large Residential2nd Runner-Up When Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in August of 2017 as a Category 4 storm, it hit the Texas Gulf coast with wind speeds in excess of 130 mph. Days later, it flooded Houston with catastrophic amounts of rain. Causing more than $100...

Van Leeuwen Residence

2020 Large Residential1st Runner-Up Project Statistics  Location: Aylmer, Ontario, CanadaType: Custom HomeSize: 4,800 sq. ft. (floor)ICF Use: 9,400 sq. ft. Cost: CAN $1.2 millionTotal Construction: 46 weeksICF Installation Time: 25 days Construction Team  Fast Facts ...

Afton Home

2020 Large ResidentialWinner The Afton Home is a great example of “safe, sustainable, and beautiful;” a phrase that is also the tagline for ICF Homes of Virginia. The company was the general contractor for the construction of this 4,500-sq.-ft. custom home built in...

Williams Project

2020 Unlimited Residential1st Runner-Up Built on a hillside overlooking a beautiful Texas lake, this four-story custom home is an example of how beautiful, strong, energy efficient homes can be built to withstand extreme weather events without compromising on...

2020 Builder Award Winners


This year’s contest was extremely popular. We received a flood of top-notch entries; every single one was noteworthy and impressive. So the projects on this page truly represent the best-of-the-best in the ICF industry.


The winners of the 2020 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 February.   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.”

Sooke Point

2020 Multi-Family Winner
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Roost 1B

2020 Multi-Family 2nd Runner-Up
Bainbridge Island, Washington

The Lithium

2020 Multi-Family 1st Runner-Up
Granby, Quebec, Canada

The Pinnacle

2020 Unlimited Residential 2nd Runner-Up
Komoka, Ontario, Canada

Afton Home

2020 Large Residential Winner
Afton, Virginia


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