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Awards & Accolades

Tripadvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner

For "consistently earning outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers." 

 

It's official - people love us on Yelp! Our average review is 4.5 out of 5 stars and we've been ranked as one of the best spots in town!

 

2012 Best of the Beehive Awards

  • "Best Family Membership Deal" in Salt Lake Magazine
    "NHMU offers charter members free admission, invites to preview exhibits, special entry and 10 percent off at the store and café. For $95, the entire family gets those benefits, plus discounts on kids’ camps, birthday parties and sleepovers." 

  • "Best Place for Unique Jewelry" in Salt Lake Magazine
    "After you’ve explored the exhibits on Utah’s life and land, go to the NHMU’s store, which features one-of-a-kind jewelry crafted by local artists and regional Navajos. The shop has a collection of handmade toys and clothing, too."


2013 and 2014 National Awards

  • Buildy Award for Most Outstanding Large Museum Construction Project for 2013 - Presented by: Building Museums Conference - February 18, 2013
  • Excellence in Exhibition and Muse Award: Silver Award in the Animation Category for "Lightweeds."- Presented by: American Alliance of Museums - May 20, 2013 - Award Partner: Simon Heidjen
  • Global Design Merit Award - Presented by:  Society for Environmental Graphic Design - June 8, 2013- Award Partners: Ralph Applebaum Associates, Poulin + Morris, Infinite Scale Design Group, Ennead Architects, GSBS Architects, and Design Workshop
  • Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Honor - Presented by: Society for College and University Planning/American Institute of Architecture Committee on Architecture in Education - July 14, 2014Award partners:  Ennead Architects and GSBS Architects

2012 Exhibit/Art Installation Awards

  • Susan Narduli's Land and Time art installation was selected as one of the Top 50 public art projects in the country for 2011 - Presented by: Americans for the Arts Public Art Network - June 7

  • MUSE Awards: Gold Award in the Video, Film & Computer Animation category for Native Voices, a five-screen video presentation - Presented by: American Association of Museums - May 9
    Award Partner: Northern Lights Productions

  • MUSE Awards: Bronze Award in Audio Tours and Podcasts category for Trailhead to Utah Presented by: American Association of Museums - May 9
    Award Partners: Frankly, Green and Webb, and Mediatrope


2012 Building/Construction Awards

  • Best Government/ Public Building - Presented by: Engineering News Record - December 10
    Award Partners: Big-D Construction, Ennead Architects, GSBS Architects, DFCM, Colvin Engineering Associates, Dunn Associates, Spectrum Engineers, and Stantec Consulting

  • Award of Excellence - Presented by: Society of American Registered Architects, National Council - December 10
    Award Partners: Ennead Architects and GSBS Architects

  • American Architecture Award - Presented by: European Centre for Architecture, Art Design, and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum - December 10
    Award Partners: Ennead Architects and GSBS Architects

  • Best of the Best Overall Intermountain Project - Presented by: Engineering News Record, Mountain States - November 8

  • Best Government/ Public Building - Presented by: Engineering News Record, Mountain States - November 8
    Award Partners: Big-D Construction, Ennead Architects, GSBS Architects, DFCM, Colvin Engineering Associates, Dunn Associates, Spectrum Engineers, and Stantec Consulting

  • 51st Annual Roger H. Corbetta Awards for Quality Concrete, Award of Merit, Out of Area - Presented by: The Concrete Industry Board - November 7
    Award Partners: Ennead Architects, GSBS Architects, and Big-D Construction

  • Merit AwardPresented by: American Institute of Architects, Utah Chapter - October 26
    Award Partners: GSBS Architects and Ennead Architects

  • Client Achievement Award to Recipient: Sarah George, Executive DirectorPresented by: American Institute of Architects, Utah Chapter - October 26

  • Citation for Design, Institutional CategoryPresented by: American Institute of Architects, New York State Chapter - August 1
    Award Partners: Ennead Architects and GSBS Architects

  • North American Copper in Architecture Award for New Construction - Presented by: Copper Development Association of North American Copper - June 29
    Award Partners: Ennead Architects, GSBS Architects, Rio Tinto/ Kennecott Utah Copper

  • 2012 SARA New York Design Award of Honor - Presented by: Society of American Registered Architects, New York Chapter - June 26
    Award Partners: Ennead Architects and GSBS Architects

  • 2012 Excellence in Concrete Award, Structures: Commercial - Presented by: American Concrete Institute, Intermountain Chapter - March 14
    Award Partner: Big-D Construction

  • Jury's Choice Award for Excellence in ConcretePresented by: American Concrete Institute, Intermountain Chapter - March 14
    Award Partner: Big-D Construction

  • Best Project for 2011, Commercial CategoryPresented by: Intermountain Electrical Industry - March 2
    Award Partner: Wasatch Electric

  • Cultural Project of the Year 2011Presented by: Associated General Contractors of Utah - January 28
    Award Partners: Big-D Construction, Ennead Architects, GSBS Architects, the Univeristy of Utah, and DFCM

  • Rated the Best Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Pervious Parking Lot Project Completed in the State of Utah in 2011Presented by: Utah 
    Chapter, American Concrete Pavement Association Utah Department of Transportation - January 19
    Award Partner: Big-D Construction

  • The Janus Award for Custodial Services - Presented by: University of Utah
    The Janus Award is intended to acknowledge our role as stewards of the University’s assets. This award recognizes the facility crew leader and their respective crews for equipment care but also for exceptional building cleanliness, inventory management, safety compliance and facility stewardship. Each university facility is inspected monthly and the winning team is honored with a “U” trophy for and a catered breakfast.  August was the kickoff month for this inspection and award program.  The custodial team for the NHMU and NPS won this award with a 97.07 inspection rating.  

2011 Building/Construction Awards

  • 2011 Excellence in Construction, ABC's 2011 - Presented by: Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - April 12
    Award Partner: Big-D Construction

  • ABC's 2011 Excellence in Construction, Champion of ABC Utah - Presented by: Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - April 12
    Award Partner: Big-D Construction

  • 2011 Excellence in SafetyPresented by: Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - April 12
    Award Partner: Big-D Construction