Excellence in Hardscape

2018 Excellence in Hardscape Awards

Thank you to those who attended the 2017 Excellence in Hardscape Awards Banquet. For a list of winners, please visit the winners page by clicking here. See below for details on the 2018 Excellence in Hardscape Awards!

Entry Portal Now Open

Your work deserves a showcase!

Enter the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance, Excellence in Hardscape Awards. Awards are given for projects that showcase innovation, beauty and sustainability in the use of hardscape products in landscaping. Award winning projects will be presented at a gala dinner in February 2018. The award winning projects are showcased in a professional presentation. There is no cost to enter. Eligibility and submission details are included in this brochure.

Judging

A panel of industry professionals will be asked to select projects that accommodate hardscaping products in their inherent capacity to fulfill their role in establishing the landscape. Their decision will be made on overall excellence of design, creativity, functionality, selection and quality of hardscape materials, installation techniques, craftsmanship and finished appearance.

Participants will be informed by mail of the judges’ decision, and winners will be given adequate notice to receive their awards at an awards presentation sponsored by the WMA.

Presentation of Awards

An awards dinner will be held in February/March 2018. Selected images of the winning entries will be shown during the program. Details on the program will be provided to all participants.

Who is Eligible?

Any individual involved in the design, supply or construction of a land- scaping project may participate. Participants need not be a member of the WMA, WLCA or WGIF.

What is Eligible?

  1. Projects that feature concrete pavers, clay pavers, concrete retaining and garden wall units or natural stone products produced or supplied by a member of the WMA: Buechel Stone Corporation, County Materials Corporation, Halquist Stone Company, Lakes Brick & Block, Madison Block and Stone and Northfield Block.
  2. Projects completed within five years of the date of submission.
  3. The project size only includes the hardscape portion of the project. Each project may only be entered into one category for consideration. More than one project may be entered by the same applicant.
  4. Entries that include and meet all entry requirements. Projects that do not meet these requirements will be eliminated from the judging.

Any project that has won a WMA award previously may not be re-entered.

Entry Requirements

Projects that do not meet all of the following entry requirements will be eliminated from the judging.

  1. A minimum 250-word project description must be included, detailing job challenges, special characteristics and project goals. Do not include company names in the description.
  2. A minimum of 5, maximum of 10, high-resolution digital photos (minimum 300 dpi) must be provided.
  3. Submission method (Online Submission preferred):
    Online: To complete your online entry and submit photos and a project descrip- tion go to www.wma-online.org and click on the Excellence in Hardscape submission link.
    By Mail: Mailed entries must include the photos on CD-ROM and a printed project description.
  4. Submitting project design plans, including perspective, elevations, diagrams and details is recommended. An 11 x 17 format is preferred, and copies are accept- able. In addition, you are encouraged to include 3-4 additional photos (any size) of the project before and during construction.
  5. Entry deadline EXTENDED November 20th, 2017. 

Select from one of the following categories:

There are 19 categories in which to enter. Each project must be designated for one of the categories, with the appropriate number and letter indicated (i.e.: 1a or 2b). There may be up to three finalists awarded in each category (Gold, Silver Bronze).

1. Residential Landscape Design & Construction Categories

Projects that feature a combination of concrete, clay and/or natural stone landscape products either produced or supplied by a member of the WMA.

Front Yard or Front Entrance Projects - (May include sides of residence if project is a continuation of the front)

  • 1a. Best overall front yard/entrance project under 1,000 sq ft
  • 1b. Best overall front yard/entrance project over 1,000 sq ft

Outdoor Living or Outdoor Kitchen Projects

  • 1c. Best outdoor living/kitchen project under 1,000 sq ft
  • 1d. Best outdoor living/kitchen project over 1,000 sq ft

Driveway Projects

  • 1e. Best driveway application

Permeable Paver Projects

  • 1f. Best permeable paver residential application

Water Feature Projects

  • 1g. Most creative water feature project
  • 1h. Best pool deck or pool surround project

Specialty Wall Projects

  • 1i. Best specialty wall project (featuring creative use of seat walls, columns, light pillars, freestanding walls, terraces, planting beds and other applications)

2. Commercial Landscape Design & Construction Categories

Projects that feature concrete, clay and/or natural stone landscape products either produced or supplied by a member of the WMA.

Concrete Paver Projects

  • 2a. Best concrete paver commercial application under 2,500 sq ft
  • 2b. Best concrete paver commercial application over 2,500 sq ft
  • 2c. Best permeable paver commercial application 

Clay Paver Projects

  • 2d. Best clay paver commercial application under 2,500 sq ft
  • 2e. Best clay paver commercial application over 2,500 sq ft
  • 2f. Best permeable paver commercial application

Segmental Retaining Wall Projects

  • 2g. Best structural retaining wall commercial application under 2,500 sq ft
  • 2h. Best structural retaining wall commercial application over 2,500 sq ft
  • 2i. Best creative use of segmental retaining wall in a commercial app

Natural Stone Projects

  • 3h. Best use of natural stone in a commercial application

 

Download the entry form.

(Online entry preferred)

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