Building of the Year is Here and We Have the Trophies to Prove It!


The November edition has made its grand debut, and with it comes SRQ Magazine’s, 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition! As part of the celebration for this noteworthy competition, we hosted the finalists and contributors at SRQ Studios for an awards ceremony recognizing their achievements and distributed the very first copies of the November edition to the public.


Representatives from ARCOS, 2017 Building of the Year Reader’s Choice winner at the BOTY awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


“Each year, this competition recognizes some of the most amazing local talent in design and construction along the Gulf Coast. And since our magazine is devoted to living local, it is only fitting that we celebrate and showcase some of the region’s most jaw-dropping structures,” said Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher of SRQ Magazine.


Guests of the 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition await the announcement of the winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


The 2017 Building of the Year competition delivered some of the most stunning examples of architecture, construction and design that we have ever seen. And we are thrilled to introduce the categories that highlight these major projects in a big way.

  • Residential Building / Complex
  • Commercial Building, includes Hotels
  • Mixed-Use Building
  • Public Building / Public Space
  • 2017 Reader’s Choice

Each entry requires a concept statement that describes the project and often includes challenges that were presented and overcome along the way. Others indicate the inspiration, owner’s preferences and materials used to bring the project to life. Each project is gorgeously showcased through photography that highlights its incredible features and draws our readers in.


Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects accepts the Platinum award for his project, INFINITY. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


The SRQ Building of the Year panel of judges review the submissions and score each project based on innovation, function, architecture, aesthetics, place-making and livability to name the Building of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver award recipients to be featured in the November edition of SRQ. 


Dean Thompson and his team accept the Platinum award for their project, Eilling Eide Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

And without further ado, announcing . . . this year’s Building of the Year award winners!

Residential Building/Complex
Platinum: DSDG Architects | INFINITY
Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS]

Commercial Building, Including Hotels
Platinum: The Schimberg Group, Inc. | Beach House Waterfront Restaurant Deck
Gold: Fawley Bryant Architecture | IMG Academy Performance and Sports Center
Silver: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System | Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Pavilion

Mixed-Use Building
Platinum: Dean Thompson, Inc. | Eilling Eide Center
Gold: HOYT Architects | The Mark
Silver: HOYT Architects | SANSARA

Public Building/Public Space
Platinum: Fawley Bryant Architecture | Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
Gold: Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. | Ringling College of Art and Design Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Silver: DeAngelis Diamond AND Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System | Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center

2017 Reader’s Choice 
Platinum: Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS


Representatives from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems accept their two awards for the Rehabilitation Pavilion and the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Special thanks again to our 2017 Building of the Year judges and to Sarasota Trophy for providing us with this last night’s awards.

To view a gallery of photos from the Building of the Year awards ceremony, Click Here. And to view the amazing buildings and survey the incredible talent of the architects, builders and design companies in Sarasota and Bradenton, pick up your copy of the November edition of SRQ today!


Steve Padgett, Stu Henderson and their Fawley Byrant Architecture team anxiously await the announcement of the 2017 Building of the Year Award winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We will be back together this spring celebrating winners for the Home of the Year Annual Competition showcasing incredible residential spaces in the region—so be sure to share the call for entries, which closes on December 8th. Click here for the official entry packet.

Don’t miss the launch of SRQ Magazines 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Series with SB2: Philanthropic Agenda on Thursday, November 30th at The Francis featuring some of the area’s top philanthropic minds discussing trends in the regional giving agenda. Tickets are on sale at SRQSB2.COM.


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