CFA Awards

Koepke Residence
Category: Residence 2,000 to 5,000 sf

This project, submitted by Coello & Associates, was a basement for a 4,500-square-foot home in Dundee, Wisconsin.

This home was featured on the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  Unlike most homes featured on the program, the Koepke residence had a full 8-foot high basement.  The foundation needed to be constructed in 12 hours or less, which made the time constraints the most challenging aspect of the project. 

The standard 8-inch by 20-inch footings were poured with a concrete mix design that allowed Coello & Associates to begin setting the wall forms just shortly after the footings were poured. An engineer was selected to help determine what admixtures would create a concrete mix that would set quickly and reach 3,000 psi after just four hours and 8,000 psi at 28 days.

The project required craftsmen to work through the night, so crews were divided into three groups with staggered arrival times. Coello & Associates was able to complete the job in a mere 10.5 hours and donated all labor and equipment for the Koepke family home.

“It took a great deal of careful planning and hard work, but it was definitely worth it,” said general manager, Michael Coello.  It was a truly amazing experience for all of us at Coello & Associates.”

Winning Contractor

Coello & Associates, Inc.
Waukesha, Wisconsin

2007 Basement Awards

This year’s competition is the largest in CFA history with 13 entries from across the country and marks the first year multiple categories were made available for submission. Contractors cast votes for Basement of the Year in the CFA booth at the 2007 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas, as well as online. The formal award presentation will be made at the Awards Banquet Luncheon during the CFA’s Annual Summer Convention Aug. 8-11 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vt.

Votes were cast by fellow concrete contractors based on their rating of how difficult the projects were to estimate and construct as well as the potential to make money. Project submissions included information such as material quantities, difficult features, the technology used and the problems that were overcome.  This year contractors also displayed some of the most intriguing photography the competition has seen to date.