NARIGC Companies Receive Top National Awards

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced the National CotY (Contractor of the Year) Winners in the 2015 competition, of which two companies are members of the Greater Chicagoland Chapter.  Don Van Cura Construction, Inc. (Chicago), and D/R Services Unlimited, Inc. (Glenview), were both recognized.

GARAGE MAHAL (Residential Exterior $100,000-200,000):  An old garage was long past its useful life.  The owner used the existing garage for wood working, but also needed room for cars, motorcycles, kayaks, additional storage, and a larger, more functional woodworking shop.  Don Van Cura Construction's design maximized the allowable square footage permissable by zoning.  There were also exterior drainage problems that needed to be solved.  The project also needed to match the existing residence, provide privacy, be multi-functional and have easy access from the patio or alley.  Materials were salvaged from the old garage for reuse of the new structure.  Most importantly, a flat screen TV was installed for entertainment while doing projects!  Click here for a photo gallery of the project.

CHICAGO BUNGALOW (Green Project Recognition): A 1920s Chicago Bungalow had not had any major improvements since the 1960s except for minor remodels and repairs and also had little to no insulation, severely diminishing its energy efficiency.  With a lot of reconfiguration and updates, D/R Services Unlimited was able to attain their goal of keeping tradition while updating the home.  They saved and restored materials from the home and used reclaimed products and fixtures throughout the house.  This project also met all the criteria to qualify this home as Gold in the Illinois Green Star Program; the first residential remodeling project in the state to receive that designation.  Click here for a photo gallery of the project.

"The NARI of Greater Chicagoland Chapter congratulates Don Van Cura Construction, Inc., and D/R Services Unlimited, Inc., for their 2015 National CotY Award recognitions.  The owners and employees of both of these companies continue to show outstanding dedication to our chapter, continuing industry education and Certifications, the industry as a whole and, most importantly, to the quality projects they complete for the property owners they serve," said Mimi Altman, NARIGC Executive Director.  "We're pleased and proud that they were recognized on a National level."

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis.  Earlier this year, NARI named 160 Regional CotY winners with 33 team members who advanced as finalists to the national level.  NARI announced a National winner in each of the 36 categories at its Evening of Excellence reception, held recently in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The competition received 390 entries, which totaled more than $85.5 million worth of remodeling projects.

All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or addition to an existing structure, with the exception of the Residential Exterior Specialty category.  New construction projects were not eligible.  The CotY Awards program also recognizes projects with universal design and green elements through the Universal Design and Green Project Recongition Programs.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.