Oct. 14—After a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance hosted more than 150 people Wednesday evening for the third Building Berks Awards & Expo at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.
Event attendees were able to watch videos of winning projects while enjoying appetizers and a signature cocktail made with ingredients from one of the evening's winners, Reading Distilling Guild.
A few of the businesses recognized won awards in multiple categories. Among them was Muhlenberg Greene Architects, which won two awards.
"The Reading Distilling Guild was awarded in the Restaurant and Bar design category, and our work with Christ Episcopal Church was awarded in the Commercial Renovation/Restoration category," said Suzanne Cody, marketing coordinator at Muhlenberg Greene Architects. "Both projects are exciting contributions to the burgeoning revitalization occurring in downtown Reading, and we are proud to have our designs play a role in shaping the future of our great community,"
The winners were:
— Adaptive Reuse: RADIUS Corp., Kutztown.
— Commercial Renovation/Restoration: Christ Episcopal Church, Reading,
— Education: Alvernia University — Tom & Helen Flynn PLEX, Reading.
— Healthcare: Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, Wyomissing.
— Housing — Single: Kate and Steve Murray — 600 N. Brobst Street Renovation, Shillington.
— Housing — Planned Community: The Highlands at Wyomissing — New Villas at the Highlands.
— Industrial: Berks 61, Muhlenberg Township.
— Office: KNG Equity — Penn Square Plaza.
— Miscellaneous: Reading Public Museum — Nefrina Exhibit.
— Restaurant/Bar: Reading Distilling Guild.
GRCA said the event and awards were developed in 2018 as an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate innovation and positive economic growth and development through construction projects in Greater Reading. Applicants submitting nominations for projects were asked to include all parties involved — from the banking institution to the contractor to the municipality.
The 25 nominated projects provided a snapshot into how the Greater Reading region continues to grow. The submitted projects represent:
— More than $123 million in total investment.
— Nearly 2,000 construction jobs.
— More than 700 jobs were created and retained.
— More than 2.2 million total square-footage developed, renovated, or newly constructed.
All nominated projects must have been completed between July 2019 and July 2021.
Projects were evaluated based on design, aesthetics, and economic impact by a group of distinguished judges representing various industries:
— Greg A. Bogia, Bogia Engineering, Wyomissing.
— Scot O. Graham, Muhlenberg Greene Architects, Wyomissing.
— Miguel A. Herrera, Milan Consulting Group, Reading.
— David N. Hunter, Berks County Planning Commission
— Elizabeth A. Magovern, Hartman, Valeriano, Magovern & Lutz, P.C., Wyomissing.
— Sarah Phillips, Irish Creek Inc., Muhlenberg Township.