South Coast building contractors honored their own this week, Dennis
Allen and Allen Associates came up the big winners.
only was Allen named builder of the year by the Santa Barbara Contractors
Association, but his company won four other awards given Monday
night at the group's annual dinner: best residential remodeling
for less than $250,000; best best residential remodeling for between
$250,000 and $750,000; best landscape and "hardscape"
(exterior stone, concrete and similar work); and best "green"
(environmentally friendly) building.
chairman of the awards committee, Scott Miners of Melchiori Construction,
said Allen's projects stood out on their merits, but also for the
stylish presentation of each contest entry.
just wowed the judges with the size of the projects and the craftsmanship
and the complexities," Miners said.
were totally surprised about the builder of the year," Allen
said. He speculated that his company was chosen because of "our
solid record of quality and integrity with our clients...and our
leadership in the green building area."
most satisfying project in the past year, he noted, was one of his
smaller ones, the residential remodeling job for under $250,000.
do projects of all sizes and put our heart into every one. I think
that's an important approach to building," he said.
increasing popularity of environmentally conscious construction
methods is particularly important, he added, because it indicates
that people are "trying to build in ways that are going to
keep our community sustainable and livable on a human scale."