The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 EIFS Project Hero Awards. The Hero Awards Program recognizes and honors outstanding projects in the EIFS industry. Awards were presented during a virtual ceremony on May 19, 2021.

"The EIFS Hero Awards program is of great value to the EIFS industry and is a chance for EIMA members to show the entire design and construction industry the appeal of this best ever wall cladding," said Steve Smithwick of Master Wall, Inc. and EIMA's 2021/2023 President. "The awards ceremony is a premier industry-wide event, and each award-winning project uniquely showcases the many benefits of EIFS, and how truly diverse the system is."

A total of 34 EIFS projects were entered into the awards competition and were judged by a jury consisting of Ernie Conrad of Conrad Engineers, Peter Freeman, Principal at Freeman Kennett Architects, and Ron Cooper, Associate Principal at Svigals + Partners. Two of the jurors were architects on past “Hero of the Year” award-winning projects. The jury created three different award categories, Honorable Mention, Award of Merit and Hero Award, and 18 projects were winners. Of the three Hero Award winning projects, one was awarded the prestigious "Hero of the Year".

The award recipients were announced on May 19, and are as follows:

Hero of the Year
Long Beach Memorial Pediatric Medical Office Building, Long Beach, CA

Hero Awards
Long Beach Memorial Pediatric Medical Office Building, Long Beach, CA
Polaris Fieldhouse, Columbus, OH
Greenhouse, Skokie, IL

Awards of Merit
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Oceans Enclave by Hilton, Myrtle Beach, SC
Tru by Hilton, Manchester, NH
Hub 2 on Campus, Gainesville, FL
Peace Raleigh Apartments, Raleigh, NC
Outwest Drywall Supply, Eagle, CO
District 850, Tallahassee, FL
11 Crown Street, Meriden, CT
Houston House, New York, NY
Imperial, Queens, NY
Zannis Residence, New Bern, NC

Honorable Mentions
Gentry Buckhead Village, Atlanta, GA
Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, NV
Herpetarium Addition at Zoo Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
Harlow on Main, Columbus, OH

The awards ceremony is available to view in its entirety on EIMA’s YouTube channel.

Details of each award-winning project, including photographs and project team members can be found on EIMA’s website at