NAHB Remodelers namedMike Nagel,CGR, CAPS, of Men at Work Chicago, the 2011 Remodeler of the Year in recognition of his professional remodeling achievements and support of industry professionalism.

NAHB Remodelers namedMike Nagel,CGR, CAPS, of Men at Work Chicago, the 2011 Remodeler of the Year in recognition of his professional remodeling achievements and support of industry professionalism. The award was given at the NAHB Remodelers awards gala held last week during the Remodeling Show in Chicago.

"Mike Nagel is a strong advocate for professionalism in the remodeling industry and has led successful businesses for 25 years," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bob Peterson, CGR, CAPS, CGP, a remodeler from Fort Collins, Colo. "I'm excited to present this award to a remodeler who has achieved success in business, contributed to community service causes and represents remodeling industry concerns to all levels of government."

Nagel joined NAHB Remodelers in 1992 and has served multiple times in local leadership positions for the association. He is currently the state association president and was Chairman of NAHB Remodelers nationally in 2007. In addition to industry accomplishments, he manages a prosperous remodeling firm, conducts speaking engagements on remodeling topics and advocates on behalf of remodeler concerns to government agencies and elected representatives.

The Remodeler of the Year award was presented with support fromQualified Remodelermagazine and the Pella Corporation.

NAHB Remodelers also recently announced the winners of its fifth annual Homes for Life Award, recognizing excellent remodeling work for aging-in-place and universal design. Sponsored by Propane Education and Research Council, the awards were also presented during the 2011 Remodeling Show.

Marnie Renda,CAPS,Brian Schwieterman,CAPS, andJeff Deyol,CAPS, of Cincinnati, won in the Major Space remodel category.Bart Millar,CAPS, of Home Care Design and Construction in Santa Barbara, Calif., won in the Single Space remodel category.

"These creative remodels show off universal design that enhances beauty and also functionality of a home," Peterson noted. "The Homes for Life award winners transformed these spaces to become more stylish, while also improving ease of living and safety for the residents."

Award winners Renda, Schwieterman and Deyol were recognized in the Major Space category for remodeling the master bedroom and bath for a woman living with Muscular Dystrophy to make her home more beautiful and improve accessibility. The project included expanding the bath for easier navigation and features such as a no-threshold shower, footrest for the shower seat, easier shower controls and pull-out coffee station. The remodel also included custom cabinets and pull-out drawers, better positioned outlets and switches and occupancy light sensors.

Millar earned the Single Space award for remodeling the bathroom for a grandmother, her daughter and two granddaughters to share. Upgraded features included a flared skylight, bi-level counter, shower with a low curb, grab bars, non-slip ceramic tile, task lighting and large handles for the faucet and cabinets. The remodel created layout changes to allow more space, plus improve the beauty of the room.

Additionally, thePrometheus Real Estate Group,based in San Mateo, Calif., took top honors as 2011 Property Management Company of the Year in the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards competition.

The Property Management Company of the Year Award honors significant, innovative and successful multifamily management practices, commitment to customer service and resident retention and dedication to employee training and development.

The Prometheus track record demonstrated all those qualities and more to the judges. The management firm aims to attract a creative group of renters with an approach that's innovative and fun--a strategy that has contributed to the company's strong growth. The judges also were impressed by the properties' high occupancy rates, its creative approach to décor in the model units, its focus on friendliness and the fact that more than half the 700-person staff is involved in the firm's volunteer programs in its various locations.

"We saw a need to challenge the traditional leasing experience and approach to design, which tends not to vary across the apartment industry," said Jackie Safier, president of Prometheus Real Estate Group. "Ultimately, the creative and hard work of our teams makes all of the difference in taking risks and having that received positively."

NAHB Multifamily's 2011 Pillars Awards recognized winners for excellence and superior leadership in 29 categories, including Development Firm of the Year, won by theDSF Group,Boston; and Community of the Year, won byColumbia Parcat Bayou District, New Orleans, developed by Columbia Residential and designed by JHP Architecture/Urban Design.