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US Green Building Council's prestigious Community Leadership Awards celebrates sustainability leaders Spinnaker Group, a Division of SOCOTEC

Fri 01/19/2024 - 16:54


On December 7, 2023, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Florida held their prestigious Florida Community Leadership Awards. The awards ceremony celebrated leaders that are helping transform the sustainability industry through excellence, innovation, knowledge, and project trends.

The event had over 100 attendees from all over the region and acknowledged the work of nominees through various awards categories which included:


Building Design and Construction Project Award

This award recognizes a design and construction project that demonstrates the use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design and meet project challenges in an innovative way.


Operations and Maintenance Project Award

This award recognizes an existing building project that demonstrates excellence in building performance through ongoing operations and maintenance.


Community Champion Award

This award is for a project that deploys exceptional actions that address community needs or social equity, meeting USGBC’s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings for all. Prime candidates include LEED social equity pilot credit users.


Climate Champion Award

This award is for a project, group or person that demonstrates exceptional and unique solutions that address carbon neutrality and the climate crisis.


Marquee Green Building Award

This award is for a culturally or historically significant building constructed, renovated, or operated within the past 10 years. These iconic buildings maintain sustainable practices and push the envelope of sustainability in design, development, and ongoing operational performance.


Judges’ Choice Award

This award is for projects that are deemed exceptional by the award judging panel. All award finalists are eligible for these awards, and the project does not have to be a winner in another category to be eligible.


Community Leader Award (individual)

This award recognizes an individual’s impact on their community by advancing the spirit of USGBC’s mission. This award recognizes individuals or organizations who have supported USGBC’s local work and activities in an exceptional way over the past year as an advocate, volunteer or partner.


Community Partner Award

This award recognizes a company that has supported USGBC’s green building movement, in addition to their efforts to foster equity and engagement within the community.


People's Choice Award

This award recognizes the voices of the green building community as they vote for their favorite from among the award finalists.



The awardees exemplify exceptional contributions within our communities, driving innovation, reshaping the industry across the spectrum of sustainability strategies. These awards specifically highlight our Florida projects and team members’ extraordinary green-building initiatives.

As honored Premier Sponsors of the 2023 USGBC Florida Community Leadership Awards, we are excited to share the outstanding achievements of Spinnaker Group, A Division of SOCOTEC, which has garnered three prestigious awards across all nominated categories:

  1. The NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – LEED Silver Certification – Marquee Green Building Award 
  2. The University of Miami School of Business – LEED Platinum Certification –Operations and Maintenance Project Award 
  3. Lauderhill Transit Center – LEEDv4 Transit Station Gold certification – Climate Champion Award 

These awards specifically highlight our Florida projects and team members' extraordinary green-building initiatives. Congratulations to Rafael Sánchez, Amy Ford, Steve Samenski, Sourya Dutta, and Lizette Nguyen.

We take immense pride in our team members’ commitment to excellence and eagerly anticipate their continued achievements and future milestones.

We extend our praise to the hardworking project teams, individuals, and organizations whose collaborative efforts brought these projects to life, and kudos to all other award recipients!


NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Delaware North, BRPH, Ivey's Construction, Inc., University of Miami, University of Miami Herbert Business School, Broward County Government, Broward County Transit (BCT), Saltz Michelson Architects, Delta G Consulting Engineers, Neucor Construction


Click HERE to learn more information about the all the award recipients.


About Spinnaker Group

Spinnaker Group joined SOCOTEC in April 2023 as Spinnaker Group, a Division of SOCOTEC. SOCOTEC US, employing over 500 professionals in 30+ offices in the U.S., is an industry leader in the building and infrastructure sectors, and offers the combined highly technical expertise of an expansive and holistic network of experts across seven service lines: (i) Building Envelope; (ii) Energy & Sustainability; (iii) Code & Planning; (iv) Life Safety; (v) Project Advisory; (vi) Dispute Resolution; and (vii) Specialty Engineering.

SOCOTEC Groupan international leader in construction inspection and a major player in TIC for the construction and infrastructure sectors, has 200,000 clients with operations in 26 countries, 11,300 employees and over 250 external recognitions.

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