The eighth annual Topping Out Networking Event and Awards Program was held Thursday, October 6th at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Since 2002, leaders in the A/E/C industry have met annually to honor the teamwork it takes to create outstanding built environments in the DFW area, to recognize the year’s top ten projects, and to network with peers to discuss the industry’s future.

Topping Out 2011 signified a coming together of the building industry in more ways than one. Awards were handed out not on the basis of individual achievement but rather in honor of the collective accomplishments of the entire team responsible for a project’s success. Former Dallas Mayor and A/E/C executive, Tom Leppert, was the honorary chair of the event. Event co-chairs were Myriam Camargo of Camargo Copeland Architects, Jessica Ferrell of Austin Commercial and David Neal of Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas was this year’s winner, submitted by Corgan Associates, Inc. and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC. Congratulations to all the finalists this year! Thomas Reprographics was a gold sponsor of this year’s event along with HKS, Inc., Engineering News Record-ENR Texas and Louisiana and The Blue Ocean. The beneficiaries of Topping Out areThe University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture and The ARC of Dallas.

Students at the University of Texas of Arlington displayed representative work at the Topping Out event. The work included student projects currently being completed in the School of Architecture design studios. During the event, the students were available to discuss their work and interact with industry professionals. The Topping Out event is among the flagship fundraising efforts for The Arc of Dallas. For more than 50 years, The Arc of Dallas has been serving people with developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism and Down Syndrome.

To learn more about Topping Out, visit www.toppingout.org.

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