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GRCA Announces First Annual Building Berks Awards Receives 30 Projects in 13 Categories

Award Winners will be announced on November 13

Reading, PA – The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) has announced the nomination list for the inaugural Building Berks Awards & Expo.

The GRCA received a total of 30 project nominations, covering all 13 award categories. These projects illustrate the growth in the construction and real estate industries as well as the outstanding companies headquartered in Berks that have facilitated this exceptional development. For this inaugural year, projects must have been completed between January 2016 and June 2018 and can be new construction or renovations.

Winners will be announced at the Building Berks Awards & Expo, to be held on November 13, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading. The GRCA will also host a trade expo prior to the event that will give builders, construction suppliers, architects, engineering firms, and real estate firms the opportunity to showcase their products and services. All nominated projects will be featured in a journal published as part of the event. 

The nominated projects are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

Abraham LincolnAlbright Student HousingAlcon Precision DeviceAlvernia Press BoxAshley FurnitureBean Funeral HomeBerks Nature PlaceBig MillCaron’s Carole & Ray Neag Medical CenterDoerries ResidenceFox BerkshireFritz Island Waste Water Treatment PlantHa’ Penny Barns Levan MachineOasis Dog SpaOlivets’ Pendora ParkPark Place on PennPenn State Health’s Exeter RidgeRACC’s Science of SuccessReading HealthPlexRiver Run MeadowsSafe Care Express Urgent CareShillington Farmers’ MarketState TheatreTom Masano Auto ParkWind Crest FarmYocum Institute for Arts Education140 Oley Street523 Greenwich Street645 Penn Street

The nominations will be judged by an expert panel of Berks County’s leaders in their industries. Members include:

Renee Chesler, Glen-GeryKirsten Deysher, Liberty EnvironmentalStephen Gieringer, Neighborhood Housing ServicesMichael Kautter, Kautter & Kelley ArchitectsAnn Moll, Gallen InsuranceKen Pick, County Redevelopment AuthorityTim Romig, Customers Bank

“We are thrilled at the response to the first ever Building Berks Awards and Trade Expo,” said Randy Peers, President & CEO of the GRCA. “These projects, as well as the development teams behind the projects, represent the creativity, innovation, and tremendous economic growth of key industries like real estate and construction in our region. We at the GRCA can’t wait to celebrate these outstanding companies. Just as important is our ability to leverage this event and these projects in promoting Berks County’s construction potential regionally and nationally.”

Sponsorship opportunities are now available, which include display tables at the event, program book ads, and tickets to the gala event, among other benefits.

Further information regarding sponsorship benefits or the November 13 event can be found at