Built by the Best Award


Logo - CEBA Built by the Best The Built by the Best Award acknowledges association members around the globe for their expertise and innovation in constructing, renovating and/or modernizing controlled environment buildings across the world.  The award is open to project teams in all regions / continents comprised of Contractor/Design-Build companies and Processor/End-User/Warehouse/Third-Party Logistics companies that are association members. Any of these parties can submit an application.  

Buildings recognized with the Built by the Best Award seal represent some of the most innovative and complex facilities built around the globe according to the intricate, unique standards set forth by the controlled environment industry.  The award was created by the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). CEBA is now accepting applications for this year’s award program which offers a more streamlined application process and includes two awards recognizing the varied sizes of controlled environment buildings constructed throughout the cold chain worldwide.


2022 Award Updates


Submitting an Application



 Award Eligibility

  • This award is open to project teams  in any country  comprised of  Contractor/Design-Build companies  and  Processor/End-User/Warehouse/Third-Party Logistics companies  that meet the following criteria:

  • Contractor or design-build company must be a CEBA member in any region . Processor/End User/Warehouse/Third-Party Logistics company does not need to be a member.

  • Representative from customer company (processor, end-user, warehouse, etc.) is preferred during presentation  alongside contractor or design/build company at annual CEBA Conference & Expo. Award candidates that are not able to present at the conference with members from both sides of the project may be disqualified from winning. If your company has restricted travel due to COVID, please contact Katie Sastre ( ksastre@gcca.org ) for options.

  • Building must maintain a controlled environment.

  • Teams must have completed a new build or expansion within the timeframe of  January 1,  2021  - March 31, 2022.

  • Submission must be received by the submission deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Project must have been completed on or ahead of schedule.

Submission Deadline

Project teams must complete the application process within the submission period.  No late applications will be accepted.

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 19, 2022

Application Process & Requirements

Complete the application in full and email or WeTransfer to  Katie Sastre  by the deadline.

A complete application includes: 

  1. A summary video
  2. Photographs
  3. Testimonial(s) (or can be included in the written application)

There is no application fee.

Tip: Click here to view very brief overviews of prior year's finalists' submissions  and last year's presentations .

Judging Process

Applications will be assessed during a formal scorecard review process conducted by the Selection Panel (made up of members of the CEBA Business Development & Marketing Committee).

CEBA Member Participation 15
Project Complexity 20
Innovation 25
Project Management 25
Sustainability Consideration 5
Contribution to larger society or temperature-controlled supply chain


Video Submission 5
Total 100


2021 Winner

  • Congratulations to the recipient of the 2021 Built by the Best Award – Fisher Construction – for their project with United States Cold Storage


2021 Award Finalists

  • ARCO Design/Build | Project: Cold storage and food processing facility for MTC Logistics
  • ESI Group USA | Project: Performance Food Group (PFG) / Reinhart Foodservice Food Distribution Center
  • Primus Builders, Inc. | Project: Processing facility expansion for Case Farms
  • Sistemas de Refrigeracion Totales (SRT) | Project: Distribution Center for Mexideli
  • Tippmann Innovation | Project: Meat processing and distribution facility for Nor-Am Cold Storage
  • Williams Company | Project: Sysco Nashville Freezer, Cooler/Cold Dock Renovation and Expansion
  • View their presentations




If you have questions about the award, submission process, or anything else related to the CEBA Built by the Best Award, please contact ksastre@gcca.org