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Biz 417 Commercial Design Awards Nominations

Enter Your Best Work

Does the Biz 417 Commercial Design Awards contest look a little different this year? That’s because it is! We have some new, exciting categories—and a few big updates. We’re going digital, to make submitting nominations easier and less time-consuming. And we’ve created new categories to honor a greater variety of local design work and even more exceptional spaces. Read contest details to catch all the changes. As always, the Biz 417 Commercial Design Awards is a juried competition established to recognize exceptional commercial design projects. All entries will be viewed and scored by a panel of ASID judges. Winners will be featured in the July/August 2020 issue of Biz 417.

Entry period is January 6–February 6, 2020.

Categories

This is a juried competition that honors exceptional commercial design projects. All entries are viewed and scored by a panel of ASID judges. Winning designs are profiled in the July/August 2020 issue of Biz 417.

Lifestyle
Restaurants, hotels, living communities, sports facilities, mixed-use spaces, etc.

Healthcare
Hospital and medical facilities that offer patient care
Renovation
Historic building renovations/restoration, building renovations/restoration, residential tuned commercial spaces

General Office & Professional Services
Private offices, legal, and financial

Unbuilt Project
Design projects must have an active client. Submittals may include urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, environmental programs, and redevelopment projects. Portions of the project must be under implementation; however, the whole project need not be completed. Project Description must include implementation schedule.

Interested in entering a residential design nomination? Read about our 417 Home Design Awards here.

Rules & Guidelines

TIMELINE
January 6: Entry period opens
February 6 at 5 p.m.: Submission and entry fee deadline 
March 9–13: Finalists notified, homes toured
March 16: Winners notified by phone. Non-winners are notified by email.
July/August: Commercial Design winners are featured in July/August issue of Biz 417.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Does the Biz 417 Commercial Design Awards contest look a little different this year? That’s because it is! We have some new, exciting categories—and a few big updates. We’re going digital, to make submitting nominations easier and less time-consuming. And we’ve created new categories to honor a greater variety of local design work and even more exceptional spaces. Read contest details to catch all the changes. As always, the Biz 417 Commercial Design Awards is a juried competition established to recognize exceptional commercial design projects. All entries will be viewed and scored by a panel of ASID judges, and winners will be featured in the July/August 2020 issue of Biz 417.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
• Submit all entries online at biz417.com/cda beginning January 6, 2020.
• As you are preparing your entries, please take time to submit quality professional photographs and write a thorough description of the project, as this is what the judges use for scoring. 
• All finalists projects will be toured in person by a member of the Biz 417 editorial team in March.
• Commercial Design Award winners are featured in the July/August 2020 issue of Biz 417See category descriptions above.

ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
• Competition is open to both firms and individuals who have completed work in the 417 area code in Missouri.
• All design work, installation and/or construction must have been completed within the past three years, with the exception of projects for category #5.
• Projects may not have been previously featured in 417 Magazine, 417 Home, Biz 417 or other local or regional publications. 
• A space cannot be entered into more than one category.
• Each entry must include a completed online form, project statement, supplier list, professional photographs and entry fee. 

PHOTOGRAPHY REQUIREMENTS
• For categories #1–4, upload a maximum of five (5) horizontal and vertical photos (.jpg or .png) at a maximum file size of 2MB each.
• For category #5: Unbuilt Project, share a flash drive, CD, DVD or link to images and renderings of the project with Haley Phillips (haley@417mag.com, 417-883-7417, 2111 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65804). Submit a minimum of eight (8) images. There is no upper limit to the number of images you can provide. Photos submitted in Microsoft Word or Powerpoint documents will not be accepted.
• For category #5, you must include a rendering of the project.
• Please name each file to identify the image. Please make sure all photos are rotated and right-side-up. 
• Photography should be shot by a professional photographer, as these photos are what the judges use to score the space. High-resolution images should be taken with professional lighting and edited with no excessive filtering. Photographer must agree to release rights to allow submitted photos to be printed in 417 Home and/or Biz 417
NOTE: If you need professional photographer references, Biz 417 can connect you with professional freelance photographers (i.e. not on staff at 417) who are familiar with the contest. Any freelance fees incurred are the responsibility of the contest entrant, and Biz 417 is not involved in the transaction. Contact Sarah Patton (sarah@417mag.com, 417-883-7417) for photographer recommendations.
• If you are chosen as a winner, Biz 417 will reach out to obtain high-res, print-quality versions of any lower-res images submitted online.
• If you are chosen as a winner, you cannot use any photo(s) of the winning space either submitted by you or taken by Biz 417 in an ad that is being featured in that same issue.

PROJECT STATEMENT GUIDELINES
• Please upload a brief overview in paragraph form (300-word maximum) detailing the significant aspects of the project. The statement should discuss the projects design concept and the client’s goals, and it should also describe how the designer met those goals and any design challenges they overcame. Please submit this in text format (.txt) or as a Microsoft Word (.doc) file.
NOTE: If you need help with your write-up, Biz 417 can connect you with professional freelance writers (i.e. not on staff at 417) who are familiar with the contest. Any freelance fees incurred are the responsibility of the contest entrant, and Biz 417 is not involved in the transaction. For writer recommendations, contact Haley Phillips (haley@417mag.com, 417-883-7417).

MULTIPLE ENTRIES
If submitting multiple entries, complete and submit an online entry form and all accompanying entry requirements for each one. Entries cannot be combined. (But entry payments can be processed one time for the total of all entries to simplify payment.)

FEE (NON-REFUNDABLE)
 Entry fee is $30 each for the first four entries. Each additional submission is $15.
 Entry fees may be paid by credit card over the phone by calling Haley Phillips (417-883-7417). Visa©, MasterCard©, American Express© or Discover©
 Entry fees will also be accepted by mailing or dropping off a check to the 417 Magazine office (417-883-7417, 2111 S. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65804). Make checks payable to 417 Magazine.

ADDITIONAL TERMS
Entry materials will not be returned due to the high volume of submissions received. Failure to comply fully with contest rules may result in disqualification. Entry fee is non-refundable. Biz 417 is not responsible for lost, stolen, ineligible, misdirected, damaged, mutilated or postage-due entries. Winning submissions become the property of Biz 417. Entrants should not submit photographs they do not own outright. NOTE: The property owner must agree to allow Biz 417 to photograph their business.

Questions? Contact Heather Kane at heather@417mag.com or 561-246-9664.

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