Join us for another amazing year as we celebrate the best of the best in our Santa Barbara and Central Coast building community. Project submissions are featured by SBCA Active Contractor & Subcontractor Members only. Members submit projects in certain award categories, following strict guidelines with active licenses and all permits in order. The projects are judged anonymously by a panel of established contractors, subs, and other leaders in our construction tri-county community. We have four additional categories that will be presented at the awards event, including Builder of the Year and Subcontractor of the Year. See below for award categories, judges, project photos, banquet details, and more.

We are excited to host the awards presentation banquet at the end of October. It will be a night to network with industry professionals, enjoy cocktails overlooking the ocean, plated and served dinner, photobooth, dessert, and awards presentation where winners are announced LIVE. You don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity to mingle with our local contractors and industry professionals. It’s a great night to showcase the amazing work and dedication from our members… and have some fun!

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Construction Awards Banquet + Awards Presentation

Date: Friday, October 28th, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: Cabrillo Pavilion on the sand at East Beach. 1118 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

Ticket Options:

Single Seats – SBCA Member $150 | Non-member $175

Table of 8 – SBCA Member $1,200 | Non-members $1,400

Parking: Paid self parking in the two adjacent City Parking Lots next to the pavilion. Please take a ride share, Uber or Lyft, and get dropped off directly in front of the building if you are going to be drinking. Safety is our priority and we appreciate you planning in advance.


Excellence in Commercial Construction

Landscape & Hardscape

Outstanding Craftsmanship By A Subcontractor Finish Trades

Outstanding Craftsmanship By A Subcontractor System/Structural Trades

Excellence In Residential Remodel


Builder Of The Year

Subcontractor Of The Year

Members Choice Project

Industry Professional


All projects are judged anonymously by a team of leaders in our construction community. Judges do not have any projects in the running. Projects are judged by multiple judges from various fields in the construction industry to bring different points of view, design eyes, and experience.

Jeff Towery, Operations Manager | Clear Construction

Jeff Towery is a UCSB graduate, having recently returned to Santa Barbara in 2021.  I have over 18 years of experience in Operations Management.  I enjoy traveling, camping, the beach, and spending time with my family and friends.

Lisa Sachs, FAIA, FCMAA, CCM | Cumming Group

Recognized as an industry leader, Lisa Sachs, who is both an Architect and a Construction Manager was inducted into the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) College of Fellows.  She is a Managing Principal Emeritus of Cumming Group, past president of the CMAA Southern California Chapter and Chapter Foundation (one of 7 Founders), Chair of the CMAA National Foundation Philanthropy Committee, and in 2014 was appointed by CMAA as its first Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) commissioner representingconstruction management in the applied and natural sciences where she is currently serving on the Executive CommitteeHer trilogy of books on construction management are available in electronic format through the CMAA bookstore with all proceeds benefiting the National Foundation – What is Your Construction Management IQ, EQ (Emotional Quotient) and VQ (Value Quotient)?

Garrett Gunning, Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Vice President | Wicks Roofing, Solar & Electric

Garrett Gunning is a UCSC graduate who was born and raised in Santa Barbara County.  He is a current resident of Santa Ynez Valley, and an avid Dodgers baseball fan. Currently Wicks Roofing, Solar & Electric offers office locations in Santa Barbara, Nipomo, and Ventura, and cover all counties from Monterey Bay to Malibu CA. Garrett has 15 years experience in the Roofing, Solar and Electrical trades, and is the contractors license holder for Wicks, holding both the C10 (Electrical) and C46 (Solar PV). Garrett majored in Environmental Science while attending college, and works everyday to ensure everyone has a reliable, local company, who specialize in their trade. His main goal is to not only keep customers dry with new roofing applications, but also increase their reliance on clean and abundant renewable energy at the same time. In his free time, Garrett loves to be with friends and family, camp, surf, fish the channel islands, and eat at the great local restaurants. 

Laura Kay Dunbar, General Contractor And Architect | The Akeena Group

Laura is a licensed architect and general contractor who thrives on building her client’s dreams, as well as growing her design & build firm, The Akeena Group, located in Downtown Ventura. She promotes a collaborative approach from the beginning of the design throughout the relentless coordination of construction. As an active and leading member of the Ventura community, Laura was part of the professional team that helped facilitate a quicker turnaround for permitting Thomas Fire Rebuilds when the community was most in need. She also served on the Ventura City Planning Commission for several years. Her passion for mentorship has also had an impact on local professional women in the construction and design industry by sharing the resources and support that she did not have when she was getting her start. When Laura is not working on what she loves, she is known to travel the world and climb its tallest mountains.  


Award Category – Excellence in Commercial Construction

Project: All-Saints-By-The-Sea Church | Armstrong Associates |

Project: Australian Walkabout Exhibit, Santa Barbara Zoo | Frank Schipper Construction |

Project: Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network – Wildlife Care Facility | Frank Schipper Construction |

Award Category – Landscape & Hardscape

Project: Glen Oaks Residence | Steve Hanson Landscaping, Inc. |

Project: Batu Blue | EcoLawn |

Project: Midcentury Anacapa Residence | Arroyo Seco Construction |

Project: Walker Landscape Renovation | Wilson Environmental Contracting, Inc. |

Award Category – Outstanding Craftsmanship By A Subcontractor Finish Trades

Project: 800 Santa Barbara St. | Specialty Team Plastering |

Project: Campanil Drive | Action Roofing |

Project: Cortona Point Luxury Apartments | Specialty Team Plastering |

Project: 770 Hot Springs | Central Coast AV |

Project: Hilltop Estate | Deco Drywall |

Award Category – Outstanding Craftsmanship By A Subcontractor System/Structural Trades

Project: El Prado Hotel | Lazcano’s Masonry & Concrete Inc. |

Project: Ave Del Mar | Matt Shaw Concrete |

Award Category – Excellence In Residential Remodel

Project: Rancho Refugio Santa Ynez | Elliott & Pohls Construction |

Project: Hilltop Riviera Retreat | Allen Construction |

Project: Natural Modern Ranch Renovation | Dovetail Projects |