6 & 7 November, 2024 – Stockholm, Sweden •

Enter the Awards

7 November, 2024
Stockholm, Sweden

Recognising excellence and best practice, as determined by an international judging panel of leading industry experts.

Entries for the 2024 Awards should cover demolition and related work that either started or was completed during the period 1 July 2023 through to 28 June 2024. Entries can be made for contracts that started before July 2023 provided they were completed during the above time frame. Entries can also be made covering contracts begun during this time frame where work is currently still ongoing but the basis for the entry must be for elements of the contract that have already been completed.

The basic idea is simple – the judges will want all entrants to tell them why they think their company, project or product is special, and why it should be selected as a winner.

Companies can submit entries for more than one award, and more than one entry per category, should they so wish. However, specific projects may only be entered for one category, for example. Contract of the Year or Urban Demolition Award, not both. There is no charge for entering.

All entries MUST be on the official form for the relevant category, which you can download from this website. Entries must include:

• Awards Statement (maximum 1,500 words) stating the key reasons why it should be considered by the judges
• Executive Summary (maximum 250 words) for publication in Demolition & Recycling International
• Five bullet points (maximum 20 words each) highlighting notable features of the project or product
• Supporting information as specified on the entry form.
• Entries submitted without this information will not be considered. 

 

Awards now open for entries
Entry Deadline: 28th June, 2024

2024 Awards Categories

Please email your completed entry form to Leila Steed, Editor of D&Ri at leila.steed@khl.com.

Contract of the Year: Under $1 Million

Contract of the Year: Over $1 Million

Urban Demolition
Award

Civils Demolition
Award

Innovation Award - Plant & Equipment

Innovation Award -
Tools & Attachments

Safety & Training
Award

Recycling & Environmental Award

Explosive Demolition Award

Industrial Demolition Award

Collaboration Award

The 'Best of the Best' Award

A final award, the World Demolition Award, is a "best of the best" selected from the category winners. This award is not open to entries.

2024 Judges

Michele O’Rourke

CEO of O'Rourke Wrecking

Michele became the first female CEO at O’Rourke in 2019 and under her leadership the company has consistently ranked among the Top 15 largest demolition contractors in the US by ENR Magazine.

Her construction career – which now spans almost 30 years, has seen her progress from positions in accounting, estimating and project management to senior roles in operations, business development, and, as in her current position as O’Rourke’s CEO, organisational strategy.

For as long as Michele has been in the industry, she has presented her authentic self; she is not afraid to be heard or express opinions opposing the norm. Her results and career growth in the male-dominated construction industry are testaments to the principles she exemplifies.

Throughout her career, Michele has worked passionately to fight the stereotypes that shroud the construction industry. She knows as well as anyone the opportunities the industry has to offer.

Her message to women considering a career in construction is that, despite perceptions, the opportunities are there. The stereotype that construction is a rugged industry suited for men is a perception Michele works tirelessly to redefine.

While Michele has been heavily involved in industry associations throughout her career, her most recent work involves the Spirit of Construction/ACI’s efforts to encourage youth interest in construction.

The initiative includes a variety of in-school, after school, and summer programs for local school districts, educating students on the opportunities within the industry.

It is through this initiative that Michele – the current Past President of the organisation – collaborates with students through project-based learning, while engaging with parents and school counsellors to break the stereotypes associated with a career in construction.

The initiative has been wildly successful and is now implemented in over 40 schools within 21 school districts.

LaJuan Counts

Director of Construction & Demolition, City of Detroit

LaJuan Counts is a seasoned construction and contractor management veteran with 30+ years of experience, who currently serves as Director of Construction & Demolition for the City of Detroit.

She was appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan in 2020 to oversee a bond-funded initiative targeting 14,000 blighted residential properties through demolition and stabilization.

Before heading the Demolition Department, Counts held various roles including Superintendent of Building Maintenance and Deputy Director of General Services Operations for the City of Detroit, managing services for 140+ facilities, 311 city parks, a city vehicle fleet of 3,000+, landscape design and various other support services.

In 2023, she was reappointed to direct the activities of Capital Projects and Facility Maintenance, instituting a “cradle-to-grave” asset management approach for all city properties with the formation of the new Construction & Demolition Department.

Counts actively advocates for women in construction, a mission that intensified when becoming Demolition Director. Previously operating behind the scenes to “get the job done,” she now emphasizes women’s significant role in the industry.

In 2024, she was honored as a Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence. Counts serves as a Board Member of National Women in Construction Detroit Chapter #183 and serves as a member of the Wayne State University College of Civil and Environmental Advisory Board.

She holds a B.S. in Building Construction Technology from Michigan State University and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Henrik Bonnesen

Project Director, Environmental and People, at COWI

With more than 25 years’ experience as a consultant within the field of environment and handling demolition projects, Henrik has extensive experience related to building contamination and the handling of demolition materials.

His experience ranges from mapping building contamination and preparing tenders for remediation, to developing strategies for the reuse of materials and devising methods for carrying out demolition works.

Henrik holds a masters degree in environmental science and has extensive experience in managing major, complex projects, addressing environmental issues and coordinating with multiple high-level stakeholders.

An expert in environmental remediation and demolition, Henrik has served as a special inspector for the Danish Demolition Association since 2004.

During his career at COWI, Henrik has been involved in numerous international projects.

The most notable of which saw him serve as the head of the company’s environmental department for the design of two international airports in Oman, where he was stationed for four years (from 2008 to 2012) to complete the project.

World Demolition Awards

An insight into the judging process

Organising the World Demolition Awards is huge task, and nothing is more important to us than ensuring that all award entries are judged fairly and on their own merits.

Our award judges are experts in the field of demolition and dismantling, and collectively have over 300 years of demolition industry experience.

Each year the judging panel consists of around 10 individuals, who are based in different locations around the world.

They follow a strict Code of Conduct.

  1. NO judge is permitted to share their awards scoring sheet with another judge, or any other person(s), at any time, apart from with D&Ri editor and WDS programme organiser, Leila Steed.
  2. Judges are NOT permitted to discuss, either in person or via email etc, the award entries with each other prior to submitting their marks to the WDS programme organiser.
  3. Judges MUST take a professional and unbiased view of each award entry. Should they feel at any point that they cannot do so, they must inform D&Ri editor and WDS programme organiser, Leila Steed, who will assign a new judge for that category.
  4. Judges MUST assess and evaluate each award entry based on its own merits. They must NOT compare an entry to any other competing entries in the same category.

The judging process we employ is one of independence and confidentiality.

Once the deadline for entries closes, the WDS programme organiser assigns three judges to each award category.

NO judge is ever given an award category that includes a company with which they are or have previously worked for.

We securely send each of the judges the award entries for the category they are judging.

NO judge has access to the entries sent to another judge, even if they are judging the same award category.

If a judge is marking more than one award category, which most do, these are also sent separately.

The judges review each project on its own merits, with consideration given to overall professionalism and technical expertise, how each project’s specific challenges have been overcome, financial and schedule management, safety, innovation, team management and client satisfaction.

Without comparing one project entry to another in its category, the judges then assign a mark out of 100 to each entry. This mark is based on what they feel, based on their expert knowledge and years of experience, is reflective of the entry.

Once each of the judges have finished marking an award category, they securely send their marks and any specific comments to the WDS programme organiser.

AT NO TIME, during the judging process or even after the awards have been given out at the World Demolition Awards ceremony, do the judges see how another has scored a project in any category.

This ensures that the integrity and independence of the judges’ expertise and opinions – and of the World Demolition Awards themselves – is maintained.

The WDS programme organiser then takes each of the judges’ marks for each project entry and adds them up. Thus, the project with the highest score is declared the award winner.

This process ensures that not even our judges know who has won any of the awards, until they are announced at the World Demolition Awards ceremony.

Only the WDS programme organiser knows who the winners are.

This information is kept strictly confidential, with relevant members of the KHL events and production team (around three to four individuals) only being told the names of the winners a few weeks before the ceremony, so that they can order the trophies and make the required graphics for the award ceremony.

This is why our industry awards are the most coveted and highly respected in the world.

Judging Criteria

Nomination Guidelines
The following are the award categories for the 2024 World Demolition Awards. Judging will be based on the nomination information provided, and on the industry knowledge and experiences of the judges. Judges will look at the nominations received for each category and rank them accordingly. The quality of the nomination information received is extremely important, as it will be the primary basis on which the judging selections are made.
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This category is for specific high profile demolition projects with a contract value below US$1 million that imposed major challenges to successful completion or which required an innovative demolition approach. Entries should demonstrate these challenges and how they were successfully overcome, on time, within budget and safely.

Submissions should include demolition methodology statements, site waste management plans and any other relevant project documentation that will allow the judges to validate the Award Statement. Client testimonials concerning the work carried out should also be supplied if possible.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors

This category is for specific high profile demolition projects with a contract value in excess of US$1 million that imposed major challenges to successful completion or which required an innovative demolition approach. Entries should demonstrate these challenges and how they were successfully overcome, on time, within budget and with an exemplary safely.

Submissions should include demolition methodology statements, site waste management plans and any other relevant project documentation that will allow the judges to validate the Award Statement. Client testimonials concerning the work carried out should also be supplied if possible.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors

Tell the judges why your confined space or urban demolition contract should receive an award. It may have been unusually complex or demanding. It would have been delivered on time and budget, and completed safely. A client testimonial is expected, and control of noise, pollution and disturbance will be considered. Primary criteria against which entries will be assessed are:

Professionalism/Expertise; Impact Minimisation; Neighbourhood Relations Management; Client Satisfaction. Depending on the number of entries this may be split into two sections as in the past few years.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

Tell the judges why your civil engineering/infrastructure demolition contract should receive an award. It may have been unusually complex or demanding. It would have been delivered on time and budget, and completed safely.

A client testimonial is expected. Primary criteria against which entries will be assessed are: Overall Professionalism/ Expertise; Overcoming the Specific Challenge; Financial & Schedule Management; Safety Record; Client Satisfaction.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

Tell the judges why your industrial contract should receive an award. It may have been unusually complex or demanding. It would have been delivered on time and budget, and completed safely.

A client testimonial is expected, and control of noise, pollution and disturbance will be considered. Primary criteria against which entries will be assessed are: Professionalism/ Expertise; Hazard Remediation – Approach and Success; Approach to Recycling; Client Satisfaction.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

This category recognises an innovative approach to the design and engineering of new mobile plant introduced between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 that meets the specific requirements of the demolition and recycling industries.

Submissions should objectively demonstrate what is special or unique about the product and include background product development, the design requirements it had to meet and full product specifications. Please do not include sales brochures or other promotional material as part of the submission.

This category recognises a new attachment, hand tool or other product not covered by the Plant & Equipment category brought to market specifically for the demolition sector introduced between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.

Submissions should objectively demonstrate what is special or unique about the product and include background to product development, the design requirements it had to meet and full product specifications. Please do not include sales brochures or other promotional material as part of the submission

Safety and training go hand in hand. Entries should clearly show how the company has established an effective methodology to ensure safety during its daily operations through an company-wide safety and training ethos.

Entries should include information on lost-time incidents and injuries, and training programmes instituted and undertaken.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

The winner of this category will be able to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations. As well as clear evidence of effective recycling strategies, the judges will be looking for evidence of “green” working practices, investment in cleaner equipment and effective control of noise, pollution and disturbance.

Primary criteria against which entries will be assessed are: Professionalism/Expertise; Environmental Impact Management; Approach to Recycling; Client Satisfaction.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

Tell the judges why your blow-down contract should receive an award. It may have been unusually complex or demanding. It would have been delivered on time and budget, and completed safely. A client testimonial would normally be expected, and control of noise, pollution and disturbance will be taken into account.

Primary criteria against which entries will be assessed are: Professionalism/ Expertise; Contract Complexity; Impact Minimisation & Neighbourhood relations; Client Satisfaction.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

This award will be made to contractors involved in specific projects that required a high degree of collaboration between all parties involved, including demolition contractor, main contractor and client. Entries should show the levels of collaboration achieved and the benefits that these generated to achieve a successful outcome.

The judges will require statements/information from all involved parties concerning their individual view of the success of collaboration, along with full project details indicating any elements whereby collaboration was essential in achieving successful completion of the overall project and/or specific phases.

Who can enter? Open to all demolition contractors.

The international judging panel will make an overall award to the entry that they believe to be the best across all categories. This award is not open to entries.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Speaker Information

Leila Steed

Editor, Demolition & Recycling International

Telephone: +44 (0)1892 786261
Cell/Mobile: +44 (0)7706 299823
leila.steed@khl.com

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International Sales Executive

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Events Manager

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