‘Building the Future’ Award

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SJ Construction Consulting, LLC (SJCC) understands the value of keeping highly motivated, hard-working, ethical, and educated persons in the construction workforce. The Building the Future Award aims to do just that. Whether these contributors to the construction industry are in the trades, engineering, or in management, the dedication to sustainability and quality of our infrastructure and our industry workers cannot be understated.

Each year two awards are given based upon the judges’ evaluation of the candidates’ submissions. The 1st place award is in the amount of $3,000 and the 2nd place award is in the amount of $1,500. Disbursement shall be made directly to the account of the winner. The payee of the award shall be provided in the application and the suitability of the payee shall be at the sole discretion of the Judging Committee. The members selected to be on the Judging Committee are at the sole discretion of SJCC Management.


All applications must be emailed or postmarked by June 15, 2020.


Applicants must be a member in good standing upon the application due date and currently enrolled in one of the following:

  • Apprenticeship program of Carpenters Union Local 745
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 368
  • Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3

Applications are available at the bottom of this page.


In the state of Hawaii, every day each one of us benefits from something built by our community of construction and engineering professionals. This includes roads, drinking water supply, sewage disposal and treatment, bridges, beaches, buildings, and much, much more.

This Building the Future Award seeks to recognize and award those that offer improvement to the civil construction industry and/or Hawaii’s civil infrastructure.

The Judging Committee is open to any type of submission including, but not limited to: written, digital, and video submissions and/or physical construction such as models, tools, and examples of in-field executions of your idea.  The submission shall be based on either of the following topics:

  • A suggested construction improvement project in the state of Hawaii
  • A suggested construction means and methods improvement

Submissions should clearly communicate:

  • The topic chosen by the award candidate
  • A written Executive Summary of the improvement discussed in the submission
  • A thorough discussion and explanation of the improvement communicated via writing, digital, or video means

Entries will be awarded up to 100 points based upon the following:

1Ingenuity – entries utilizing unique ideas and/or new variations to existing ideas are encouraged.20
2Practicality – is this idea feasible? Can it be accomplished timely and at reasonable cost?30
3Benefit – will this have significant positive impact on the public or the construction industry30
4Professionalism – is the deliverable to the Judging Committee well-presented? Does it appear to be professionally written, laid out, and produced?20

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is completed in full and that all of the required items are received on time. Submissions can be made in paper form or electronically – if the submission is not able to be mailed, arrangements can be made to drop it by the SJCC office. If any items are missing, the applicant risks ineligibility. Send to:

SJ Construction Consulting, LLC
Attn: Building the Future Award
P.O. Box 37238
Honolulu, HI 96837

All applicants will be notified once their submission is received by SJ Construction Consulting, LLC.

Please call 833-SJ-CIVIL or email us at award@sjcivil.com if you have questions.


Winners shall be notified via phone call with confirmation via email. Winners will be announced in SJCC’s Pipeline Newsletter. Award disbursement shall be made within thirty (30) days after selection of the winners is made by the Judging Committee.


The policies and disclosures that govern the award’s recipient selection and award distribution are detailed below.

SJCC developed its award program in compliance with IRS and other federal government regulations, anti-discrimination laws, residency rules for the U.S., and in a manner to ensure applicant information is secured and managed appropriately. 

Non-Discrimination Rules

The award does not discriminate or request information to make award decisions based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age, in accordance with federal anti-discrimination laws and the statutes below.

Award processes – whether at public or private institutions or administered by private organizations – must not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or gender (per the Equal Protection Clause in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 p.18).

For the award of privately funded awards, two federal statutes may be applicable:

  • a. Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 protects the right to make and enforce contracts free of discrimination. In some cases, awards may be described as “contracts” when both parties are expected to perform a certain task.
  • b. Section 1985 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits private and public conspiracies to discriminate intentionally on the basis of race by interfering with civil rights created by other laws.
Applicant Records Security and Retention

In order to protect the privacy of our award applicants, SJCC will not collect highly confidential information. All information collected during the application process is managed safely and will not be shared with sources outside of SJCC’s award selection committee (for application review and awarding purposes) and the company’s accounts payable department (to distribute awards to award winners).  

SJCC will not sell, license or otherwise use applicant information or data for any additional purposes.  

The award recipients will authorize that their name and image may be shared publicly in SJCC communications, and agree to participate in marketing activities as appropriate, which include but are not limited to media interviews, and inclusion in SJCC’s website, blog, and social media content.

IRS Reporting

SJCC is not required to report award funds to U.S. residents as income, either to the IRS or the recipient, or to withhold taxes from award disbursement.

Federal tax laws consider it the winner’s sole responsibility to know when income is taxable or not, and to report income accordingly on his or her personal tax returns.

Applicant Residency Rules

The award is only made available to U.S. residents. Residency eligibility requirements by state are outlined below.

U.S. Residency Criteria

For the purpose of this award, applicants are considered U.S. citizens if they can provide one of these documents:

  1. U.S. passport
  2. U.S. birth certificate along with a government-issued photo identification document
  3. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or FS-240
  4. Certificate of Citizenship
  5. Naturalization Certificate