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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!