Before you begin your submission, please prepare the following materials in order to successfully complete the online submission process. The deadline for all submissions is 30 November .
Part 1: Basic Project Information
- Project Name
- Project Address
- Completion Date (year and month)
Part 2: Project Data
- Structural Material
- Building Function
- Height Figures (Architectural, Occupied Floor, To Tip – see criteria here)
- Observatory and Helipad Height (if applicable)
- Number of Floors
- Elevator Information (number, top speed – if known)
- Tower Gross Floor Area
- Number of Apartments, Hotel Room, Parking Spaces – if known
Part 3: Project Team (companies only, not individuals)
- Structural Engineers
- MEP Engineers
- Project Managers
- Main Contractors
- Other Consultants (if applicable)
- Material Suppliers (if known)
Part 4: Written Description
Please prepare answers to the following questions within the given word counts. Note: Projects submitted to the CTBUH Awards program will also be included in the CTBUH’s Annual Skyscrapers publication. Please keep in mind that the text description you enter here will also be referred to in the creation of the book. View sample pages from last year’s book
- Give a succinct overview of the building, including summary of the important construction features which could be used as a short entry to explain the project holistically in a publication. (200 word maximum)
- Describe the specific achievement that pushes this building’s construction to a higher level. How is this construction achievement adaptable to influence future tall building construction? (400 word maximum)
Part 5: Participation Consent
Participation in the CTBUH Awards Program requires consent to the following:
- Finalists are required to attend and present at the two-day Awards Conference on their project, typically taking place in Chicago in May each year. These presentations will be the basis for the jury’s selection of Winners.
- Finalists are required to attend the annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the close of the Awards Conference, and in the event that the project is named a Winner, collect the awards and give a short acceptance speech.
- All projects entered to the CTBUH awards are eligible for inclusion in the CTBUH’s Skyscrapers book publication which features a global snapshot of tall building completion annually. The book is published by CTBUH and distributed globally, thus providing excellent promotion for the submitted projects and companies involved.
- While it is typical that most submissions are included in the publication, CTBUH reserves the right to determine that a project will not be included for reasons that include, but are not limited to: a project does not meet the eligibility requirements for inclusion; appropriate, high resolution images were not provided in the submission; the project was submitted for multiple award categories and will only be included once, etc.
- Projects located in the Greater China region (including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Mainland China) will be automatically submitted to the CTBUH’s separate China Awards program, with no additional submission work necessary.
- Right to Usage of Materials: All submitted text, images, and drawings are provided with the understanding that they may be used in the CTBUH Annual Skyscrapers publication, as well as on the CTBUH website, press releases, and awards announcements for the purpose of promoting the awards events and winners/finalist. This includes the building’s profile page on the CTBUH Skyscraper Center database. Copyright clearance and payment of any fees for artwork is to be organized by the submitter prior to submission. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) confirms that all material will be properly identified with the appropriate copyright notice and credit line, as supplied during the upload process.
Part 6: Drawings & Images
A selection of drawings and images are required which should not exceed the file size constraints as noted below. Your submission must include the following required images/drawings:
- Context Plan
- Ground Floor Plan
- Typical Floor Plan
- Key Section
- Key Elevation
- Images of the completed construction
- Construction Drawing of the specific construction feature being submitted. Multiple drawings / details are recommended for complex elements. (1 to 5 required)
- 5 Key Images of the construction innovations (minimum 8)
- Additional Images and Drawings (unlimited number)
Other Supplemental Documents
Additional documentation or research that you would like to share can be submitted. However, please be advised that your answers to Part 2 should serve as the primary source to convey your construction achievement to the jury.
Images and drawings should be submitted as individual files and should be medium to high resolution (300dpi at 8.5in x 11in size). Whenever possible, drawings should be submitted as vector based graphics (EPS, PDF).
Supported file formats: JPG, JPEG, TIFF, TIF, EPS, PDF, DWG
Individual file sizes cannot exceed 20 MB each.
Total upload size of all files cannot exceed 500 MB.
Captions & Copyright
You will be required to provide copyright information and captions for each image/drawing uploaded. For the benefit of the jury, please be as descriptive as possible in your captions. We’ve entered your company as the default copyright holder, but please revise as necessary.
Construction Award Criteria
This award recognizes construction excellence in a tall building project, made evident by superior quality in construction, significant technical innovations, the proficient execution of a complicated or exacting design, a triumph over difficult conditions, or the documentation of superlative speed and efficiency. Ideally, entries would demonstrate a combination of some or all of the above.
- The project must display a superior level of quality and technical complexity over that of its peers, highlighting aspects of its construction process, key technologies, or systems that significantly advance the discipline with respect to tall buildings. The project’s economic, environmental, and social achievements should be explicitly clear and at a high level over that of its peers, demonstrating elements that are transferable to other projects and have the potential to influence construction practices and the future of tall buildings in a positive way.
- The project must be completed (topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupied) within the 24-month eligibility window for a given year. For the 2017 awards, a project must have a completion date between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017).
- Projects must be a minimum of 100 meters tall.
- Projects must meet the CTBUH definition requirements for a “tall building,” noting that telecommunications/observation towers are not eligible for CTBUH awards. A tall building can be classed as such if at least 50% of its height is occupied by usable floor area.
- Projects that are submitted for the regional Best Tall Building awards are also eligible to submit to the Construction award in the same year.
- Projects that have been submitted to the regional Best Tall Building awards in the previous year are eligible for submission for the Construction award in the subsequent year, as long as the completion criteria is within the dates as outlined above.
- Finalists must present their projects during the Chicago conference. These presentations will be the basis for the jury’s selection of winners. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the close of the event.
- All submissions in this category are eligible to be featured in the highly acclaimed annual Best Tall Buildings book.