The North American Contractor Certification (NACC) Program received the 2020 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award at the International Risk Management Institute Inc. (IRMI) Construction Risk [Virtual] Conference. Program technical director Ben Beeler accepted the honor on behalf of the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC).

Beeler’s winning submission, “A Certification Program Providing Consistency, Quality, and Safety Benchmarks,” highlighted the program’s comprehensive certification process, which assesses contractor proficiency in five areas: business practices, safety, glazing processes, contract administration and quality management. Submissions were judged by an independent panel of seven industry professionals.

The NACC Certification Program was developed with input from architects, engineers, general contractors, glazing contractors, consultants, specifications specialists and glass industry manufacturers and suppliers. All aspects of the program are managed and administered by an independent third-party organization, and it is governed by a committee composed of the same cross-section of industry experts and stakeholders that helped develop it. The program is sponsored by the AGMCC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public benefit organization.

“While certification programs are nothing new, the applicability of a certification process to construction risk management-related functions is quite unique, especially in the construction trades,” said judge David Dolnick, president of Dolnick Risk Advisors. “That this program followed well established models in construction further supports both the functionality of it and the unique adaptation of those established methods to the problem at hand.”

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, sponsored by Travelers, is presented annually by IRMI to recognize a demonstrated commitment to improving construction risk management through the implementation of innovative, cost-effective and efficient risk management techniques.