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Awards & Recognitions

Restored Victorian Italinate with wrap-around porch

New Prairie Construction’s commitment to preserving our historic structures has earned us numerous Heritage Awards from the?Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA) of Champaign County:

  • Residential Heritage Award for the restoration of rolled steel windows in a 1925 George Ramey home; Champaign, IL (2016)
  • Special Heritage Award for the restoration of rolled steel windows in a early 20th-century home; Urbana, IL (2015)
  • Special Heritage Award for the restoration of a 19th-century hand-carved, beveled-glass front door that was damaged by gunfire; Champaign, IL (2015)
  • Residential Heritage Award?for restoration of the porch and an arched window in an eclectic 1906 Queen Anne; Urbana, Illinois (2014)
  • Residential Heritage Award?for a historically – sensitive “carriage house” style garage rebuild for a 1925 home; Urbana, Illinois (2014)
  • Residential Heritage Award for the exterior restoration of the 1881 Dickson Farmstead; Mahomet, Illinois (2013)
  • Respectful Addition Heritage Award for the exterior restoration and roof addition of a 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival; Urbana, Illinois (2013)
  • Residential Heritage Award for the exterior restoration of a 1911 home near Carle Park; Urbana, Illinois (2012)
  • Residential Heritage Award for the whole house restoration and renovation of a 1929 Tudor Revival home near Carle Park; Urbana, Illinois (2011)
  • Residential Heritage Award for the renovation of siding on a 1965 Sukiya (traditional Japanese architectural style) home designed by architect John Replinger; Champaign, Illinois (2011)
  • Traditional Construction Heritage Award for the construction of the Straw Bale House; Urbana, Illinois (2008)
  • Residential Heritage Award for the renovation of West Farmstead; Sidney, Illinois (2008)
  • Landmark Heritage Award for the remodel of the McDowell House, an 1874 Victorian Italianate homestead of solid masonry; rural east Illinois (2007)
  • Commercial Heritage Award for the remodel of the building housing Robert’s Fine Jewelry (formerly Norman’s Jewelers); downtown Champaign, Illinois (2003)
  • Heritage Landscape Award for the construction of the pergola behind the former Wilber Mansion; Old Town Champaign, Illinois (1999)
  • Landmark Heritage Award for the renovation of the former Wilber Mansion; Old Town Champaign, Illinois (1998)

— In March 2014, we were accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

2011 YWCA Leadership Award for Business for New Prairie’s commitment to “train, hire, and promote women in the construction industry.”

— Voted “Best General Contractors” by readers of The Octopus and The Paper (Champaign – Urbana’s alternative weeklies) in 1999, 2001, and 2004 (the only years the category was offered).

— We have had three projects published in AT HOME in Central Illinois magazine: an environmentally-friendly kitchen, our restoration of a vintage Airstream, and the restoration of a Victorian Italianate farmhouse built in 1874.

— In September 2008, New Prairie’s straw bale house in Urbana was featured on 190 North, an eclectic television program out of Chicago. The show featured eco-friendly products and ideas.

—?CCnet and?the University of Illinois’ Office of Public Engagement produced a?short video tour of New Prairie Construction’s strawbale house in Urbana, Illinois, with an interview of Julie Birdwell, co-owner (with Jill Mulder) of New Prairie. Watch below!

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