2018 Finish First Awards

For me, talking about the FINISH FIRST AWARDS doesn't get old as I love it and enjoy spending the evening with my members and industry friends.


Title Sponsor:  Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

Presenting Sponsors:  Allied Building Products; IUPAT District Council 21

Awards Sponsor:  Steven Kempf Building Materials; After Party Sponsor:  USG; Boardwalk Giveaway Sponsor:  Builders FirstSource; Centerpiece Sponsor: Foundation Building Materials; Entertainment Sponsor:  CertainTeed Gypsum & Finishing Products; Weekend Getaway Sponsor:  Kamco Building Supply

Contributing Sponsorships:  Armstrong Ceilings & Wall Systems; Carpenters Local 255; Clark Dietrich Building Systems; Commercial Specialty Supply, LLC; and Stevens & Lee

PROUD UNION CONTRACTORS; RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING WORK IN THE AREAS OF:  Acoustical Ceiling, Drywall Finishing, Furniture Installation, Historic Renovation, Innovative Use of Materials, Millwork/Finished Carpentry, Sustainable/Leed and $100,000 or less.

Thanks to all who attended IFCA’s excellence in construction event … the Finish First Awards … it was sold-out thanks to my wonderful members, sponsors and union partners.

2018 FINISH FIRST AWARD WINNERS – congratulations!!!

  • Acoustical Ceiling:  Blasz Construction, LLC – EMD Performance Materials

  • Drywall Finishing:  The Riff Group – Independence LIVE

  • Furniture:  The Riff Group – AmeriHealth Administrators

  • Historic:  Blasz Construction, LLC – Philadelphia Distilling

  • Innovative Use of Materials:  American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc. – SPIN Philadelphia

  • Millwork:  ALL WALLS & CEILINGS, INC. – Barcelona Wine Bar

  • Sustainable/Leed (2 winners):  ALL WALLS & CEILINGS INC./Heartwood Building Group, Inc. – Hill College House University of Pennsylvania

Participation is important to the success of the program; IFCA appreciates every submittal (even when you think it's not worthy).  Members are eligible to submit one entry per category.  Thanks for supporting the Finish First Awards. $100,000 or Less Category (American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc.; Plumbline Construction, Inc.; Massa Construction); Acoustical Ceiling (American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc.; Plumbline Construction, Inc.; Heartwood Building Group, Inc.; The Riff Group; Blasz Construction); Drywall Finishing (Ceilings Inc.; Heartwood Building Group, Inc.; The Riff Group); Furniture (The Riff Group); Historic (Blasz Construction; Heartwood Building Group, Inc.; Massa Construction); Innovative Use of Materials (Heartwood Building Group; American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc.; Ceilings Inc.); Millwork (All Walls & Ceilings, Inc.; American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc.; Ceilings Inc.; Massa Construction; Blasz Construction); Sustainable/Leed (Heartwood Building Group, Inc.; All Walls & Ceilings, Inc.; BCT Walls & Ceilings, Inc.)

Our PRESIDENT, Evan Lambros, did an awesome "on the stage."  He joined me to talk about our program, membership, benefits and what it takes to be a successful contractor (threw in a little humor too)! Thanks Evan (TWO MORE YEARS TWO MORE YEARS TWO MORE YEARS TWO MORE YEARS).

IFCA is a co-host of this program which is offered every two years.  The APPLICATION will be updated this FALL for anyone who completes a project by the end of 2018 (as that project would be eligible for the 2020 program).

Remember ... it's never too soon to start thinking about your next FINISH FIRST SUBMITTAL.

Talk soon, Kim Clerkin, Executive Director