by Meghan Rodgers / VP of public relations and industry affairs, Global Cold Chain Alliance
Before COVID-19, it was highly unlikely that the food supply chain, let alone cold chain, would be the topic of dinner conversations around the world. But now, consumers want to better understand the steps required to transport their food and goods from where they are produced to their kitchen table.
Member companies of the Global Cold Chain Alliance GCCA have always played a critical role in ensuring the quality and safety of many products consumed around the world. A big part of this success comes from the innovative construction practices in building facilities that house perishable goods.
GCCA recognizes and highlights the work of these intricately built facilities each year by awarding one company with the Built by the Best Award.
One of GCCA’s core partners, the Controlled Environment Building Association CEBA, founded the award in 2016 to acknowledge construction project teams moving the cold chain industry forward.
As experts in building the entire cold chain – from processing facilities to third-party warehouses – CEBA members play an important role in maintaining the continuity of the food supply. Without temperature-controlled facilities, the disruptions of the pandemic’s early days could have been far worse.
Buildings recognized with the Built by the Best Award seal represent some of the most innovative and complex facilities built according to the complex standards set forth by the controlled environment industry. The proper construction of temperature-controlled buildings gives consumers confidence in their food supply.
Once a year, GCCA solicits award nominations. Built by the Best is open to project teams from any country comprised of contractor/design-build companies and processor/end user/warehouse/ third-party logistics companies that meet the criteria.
Among the requirements: the building must maintain a controlled environment; teams must have completed a new build or expansion between Jan. 1, 2020-March 31, 2021; and the project must have been completed on or ahead of schedule.
In addition, the contractor or design-build company must be a CEBA member in any region; owever, processor/end user/warehouse/third-party logistics companies do not.
To make a nomination, click here. The deadline is Aug. 16. Applications will be assessed during a scorecard review process conducted by a selection panel. Then, finalists will present their award entries as case studies during the 41st Annual CEBA Conference, set for Nov. 2-4 in Las Vegas.
The award recipient will be recognized at the in-person conference. Also, the honoree and finalists will be receive online and social media recognition.