Bennie Award

Bennie Award

This award recognizes excellence in community design and construction. Judging criteria used to determine the winner include aesthetic appeal, land plan, retention of natural features, amenities, community structures as well as layout of streets. 

All who enter are encouraged to attend the Building Industry Gala (BIG) Night in October at Mystic Lake Center. You'll be able to accept your award alongside all of our other big winners, in front of the entire Housing First Minnesota membership.

Questions? Contact Nicole Coon at 651-697-7571 or




Entrant must be a Housing First Minnesota Developer or Builder member. Developments must have had at least one Parade of Homes entry on the tour within the past 24 months to be eligible to enter. Previous winning projects are not eligible. Communities that have previously entered are eligible to enter again.



There is one category for Bennie Entries.

Developments for these categories may be a single type of home construction or mixed use, including single-family detached, attached, townhome, twin home and condo.


Judges will rate the entry on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest in the areas below.

Judges will use the following as their guide:

  • Poor / 1-3 points
  • Satisfactory / 4-6 points
  • Above average / 7-9 points
  • Excellent / 10 points

Layout of home sites and streets
Landscaping (use of plants, trees and other landscape features)
Site development (retention of natural features enhancement of positives, minimize negatives, environmental protection/sustainability) 

Amenities (are they appropriate to the community: parks, tennis courts, gazebos, pools, walking trails, etc.)
Community structures (Monumentation/signs/lamp posts/ mailboxes/other constructed and/or informational features – this does not refer to sales office or sales materials/displays)
Community Design appropriate to target market
Development challenges and resolutions
Overall aesthetic appeal of community

Recipient Selection

The highest scoring entry in a category will receive the Bennie as long as it received at least 75% of the points possible. In the instance of a tie, the tie-breaker will be the score for community design appropriate to target market.

No runner-up awards will be given.


Judges will be Board of Director members of Housing First Minnesota. Non-member judges from related fields or outside markets may also be used. There will be 5-7 judges.


The entry fee is $300 per entry.

Late materials will disqualify your entry from the competition resulting in no refund of the entry fee. No refunds after the entry deadline. 


entry details

1. Enter by July 24, 2020

2.  Entrants will be sent one invoice for the Bennie entry fee(s) on or before August 7, 2020. Invoices are due upon receipt.

Registration Information Needed

  • Registrant Information:
    • Company
    • First and Last Name
    • Address
    • City/State/Zip Code
    • Phone
    • Email Address
  • Development information
    • Neighborhood name
    • Neighborhood city/zip code
    • Location of main entry (e.g. 1/2 mi. W of Pleasant Ave on Main St.) 
    • Parade event (Neighborhood home(s) must be in event currently or within the past 24 months)
    • Homeowners association fees
    • Development start date
    • Stage of construction
    • Acreage
  • Types of homes for sale in this development (Complete for each of the following only if they apply for the development.  Include # of units of each type, low and high end of price range of units for sale, and homeowners association (HOA) fees) 
    • Single Family Detached, Attached, Townhome, Twin Home, Condo
    • # of units
    • Low end
    • High end
    • HOA fees
    • HOA fee frequency (annually or monthly)
  • Additional Development Information
    • Target market (the market trying your neighborhood is designed to reach)
    • Sales status (the projected sell out date from when the neighborhood was being planned)
    • Challenges and solutions (the challenges and solutions encountered while developing this neighborhood. 2000 characters max.)
  • Supporting/Marketing Materials and Documents (sample marketing materials and plat showing layout of streets, homes and major amenities)
    • Development website
    • Neighborhood plan
    • Development logo
    • Monument photo
    • Photos (Up to four)
    • Marketing pieces (Up to six)


Right to Use Photographs

By submitting a project, you, the entrant, warrant that you have permission from the homeowner and photographer to use project images and photographs. We seek high- resolution photographs as they may be published in industry magazines and used for Housing First Minnesota Promotions.

Right to Use Photographer Credit

If photographer credit must accompany photos, please provide the name of the photographer as required for permission.

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