Built by the Best Award

The Built by the Best Award acknowledges association members around the globe for their expertise and innovation in constructing, renovating and/or modernizing controlled environment buildings across the world.

2021 submissions have closed. We will announce 2021 finalists in October, 2021. See below for additional details.Logo - CEBA Built by the Best

The award is open to project teams in all regions / continents comprised of Contractor/Design-Build companies and Processor/End-User/Warehouse/Third-Party Logistics companies that are association members. Any of these parties can submit an application.

Buildings recognized with the Built by the Best Award seal represent some of the most innovative and complex facilities built around the globe according to the intricate, unique standards set forth by the controlled environment industry.  The award was created by the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).


2020 Winner

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2020 Built by the Best Award – Primus Builders, Inc. – for their project with Americold Logistics


2020 Finalists

The two other finalists for the 2020 Built by the Best Award were:

AM King for Southern Foods in Greensboro, NC. (Click here to read the case study profiled in GCCA's Cold Facts magazine)

Fisher Construction for Cool Port in Oakland, CA. (GCCA case study article coming soon)



Submitting an Application



 Award Eligibility

  • This award is open to project teams in any country comprised of Contractor/Design-Build companies and Processor/End-User/Warehouse/Third-Party Logistics companies that meet the following criteria:

  • Contractor or design-build company must be a CEBA member in any region. Processor/End User/Warehouse/Third-Party Logistics company does not need to be a member. Click here for a list of current CEBA members

  • Representative from customer company (processor, end-user, warehouse, etc.) is preferred during presentation alongside contractor or design/build company at annual CEBA Conference & Expo. Award candidates that are not able to present at the conference with members from both sides of the project may be disqualified from winning. If your company has restricted travel due to COVID, please contact Katie Sastre (ksastre@gcca.org) for options.

  • Building must maintain a controlled environment.

  • Teams must have completed a new build or expansion within the timeframe of January 1,  202o - March 31, 2021.

  • Submission must be received by the submission deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Project must have been completed on or ahead of schedule.

Submission Deadline

Project teams must complete the application process within the submission period.  No late applications will be accepted.

Submission Deadline: August 16, 2021

Application Process & Requirements

Complete the application packet in full by the deadline. Applications may be submitted by downloading the PDF application packet and emailing it to Katie Sastre. Include applicable photos, testimonials, etc.

There is no application fee.

All teams must complete the application form in full with all signatures of permission for all project team members. A detailed explanation of the project must be provided. Special consideration will be paid to project complexity, challenges overcome, innovation, sustainability, cold chain impact, and contribution to society.

Participation by CEBA members (Click here for a list of current CEBA members) in addition to the contractor/design-build firm will be noted.

Photos and client testimonials are highly encouraged.

Tip: Click here to view very brief overviews of last year's three finalists' submissions.

Judging Process

Applications will be assessed during a formal scorecard review process conducted by the Selection Panel (made up of members of the CEBA Business Development & Marketing Committee).

CEBA Member Participation 20
Project Complexity 25
Innovation 25
Project Management 20
Sustainability Consideration 5
Contribution to larger society or temperature-controlled supply chain 5
Total 100





If you have questions about the award, submission process, or anything else related to the CEBA Built by the Best Award, please contact GCCA Staff.