Alnoba, New England’s premier destination for corporate retreats and leadership development was recognized with three prizes at the 24th Excellence in Construction Awards hosted by the Massachusetts Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). During the awards banquet held November 9 at the Westin Waltham Hotel, Alnoba, along with Callahan Construction Managers, received the Eagle Award, the Safety Award, and the Green Award.
The first Passive House Standard-certified building of its type in New England, Alnoba is built to reduce energy usage by 75%-90% over similar structures. The 14,530-square-foot retreat was designed by G-O Logic of Belfast, Maine, and built by Callahan Construction. While capitalizing on timber frame methods from the 19th centuries (and using 300 year-old reclaimed timber), Callahan also utilized cutting edge 21st-century energy efficiency protocols.
The resulting blend of craftsmanship and conservation clearly struck a chord with the Excellence in Construction judges. In addition to bestowing the project with the Green Award for sustainability, the panel awarded KIC & Callahan the highest possible honor, the Eagle Award, which ABC President Gregory Beeman calls “a notable achievement.” The project’s third prize of the night, the Safety Award, recognized Callahan’s rigorous commitment to maintaining the best working conditions onsite.
Winners in all categories were selected by an independent panel composed of architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and property owners. According to ABC, projects are evaluated for “overall excellence in execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction.” And competition is stiff: Massachusetts ABC businesses include 400 local general contractors, subcontractors, and associated companies.
The ABC awards reinforce KIC’s commitment to being the leading socially- and environmentally-responsible real estate firm in New England. Alnoba is unrivaled as a model for environmental stewardship.