GCBA'S PRISM Awards Frequently Asked Questions
What is PRISM?
PRISM stands for Professional Recognition in Sales and Marketing. The Awards are presented to marketing professionals, builders, developers, architects, interior designers, sales people and others who have demonstrated building industry excellence. The 2020 winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts and honored at the 2019 Awards Event on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
What are the benefits of entering?
Being a PRISM award winner gives you increased public relations opportunities, and can be the basis of an effective advertising campaign built on important third-party testimony about the quality of your award-winning product or service. Your credibility, especially in the eyes of your buyers and other key market segments, is enhanced when your peers recognize you as an award winner. A PRISM Award allows you to take pride in your product and showcase your talents.
What are the eligibility requirements for entering GCBA'S PRISM Awards?
You corporate office needs to be situated in our tri-county area. Entering as a GCBA member is $145 per entry and $225 per entry for non GCBA members. A product entry cannot be more than three years old. Previous Gold winning entries cannot be resubmitted into the same category. If a completed project previously won an award in a Pre-Construction category, it may be entered into a New Construction category.
How much does it cost to enter?
The fee for a product or individual achievement entry is $145 for members and $225 for non-members of our local Builders Association. The fee for the Community of the Year entry is $495, only builder members can enter this category. If you are planning to enter more then 5 entries as a non-member, we recommend you join and reap the benefits of being a GCBA member JOIN NOW.
Are there entry fee refunds?
No refunds or exchanges on special pricing promotional entries. Regular priced entries submit your entry cancellations in writing to GCBA by 5:00 PM, Friday, October 18, 2019. Entry fees will not be transferred to other parts of GCBA’s PRISM Awards or other GCBA events.
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Can my entry be disqualified?
Yes. if the questions are answered properly or the entry is incomplete the entry can be disqualified. PDF files were created to help you prepare your entry prior to entering online. You will find the categories available along with a list of questions and items that will be requested from you while entering on the PRISM WEBSITE.
What are the qualifications of the judges?
Each entry is judged on its own merit by a panel of highly qualified impartial judges and monitored by the staff of GCBA and selected industry volunteers. Judges are selected from among individuals in the building industry, including development, architecture, land planning, interior design, marketing, and the building trades. The selected judges must be outside of our Builders Association region.
Who selects the judges?
Judges are selected by one or two non-entering PRISM committee members and a GCBA representative who is familiar with the judging process and/or has judged in the past for other Builder Associations
What is the judging process?
Each group of categories is judged by judges who work in like fields. Judging is based on a point system that rates each entry on a specific set of criteria and on its own merit. For each, this point system will help determine if the entry is eligible for Gold, Silver or no award to be granted. There are at times multiple gold winners in a category. When this occurs, the second highest gold winner, would be honored with a silver award and the remaining entries would not win. Ties can and do happen, and are honored as equal gold or silver winners. Non-winners will receive a “thank you for participating in the PRISM Award program” certificate via USPS.
Are the judges’ decisions final?
The judges’ decisions are final and they can disqualify an entry that does not supply required materials and/or does not meet specified criteria. They may also choose not to give an award, if no entry earns the minimum points required (70 to 84 silver, 85 to 100 gold). The Best of Show Award is selected from the interior design, architecture, renovation, building, and community entries through a consensus of the judges and is based on a point system. Individual achievement and marketing entries are not eligible for the Best of Show Award.