Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Announce 2017 Design Award Application Opens

Chain Link Fence Manufacturies Institute is now accepting applications for the Les Grube Memorial Design award competition. The deadline for application submission is on November 1, 2017.

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) has announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Les Grube Memorial Design Award contest. The Award includes a uniquely-designed plaque and cash awards of $2,500 to the designing architect and $1,000 to the installing contractor and is given for the project which makes the best and most unique use of chain link fence materials.

The 2016 Award was presented to David Dowell, AIA (el dorado architects) for his design of the Main Street Redux Project (see attached description) and to Collins and Herman, Inc. (contractors) for their installation of the project. Previous winners of the award include Pritzker award-winner Frank Gehry, Venice, CA; Arai/Jackson Architects, Seattle, WA; and Don M. Hisaka and Associates, Cambridge, MA.

The CLFMI Les Grube Memorial Design Award is named for one of CLFMI’s past presidents and a true legend in the fence industry. It was during Grube’s tenure as CLFMI President that the Award was instituted, and the award has become a coveted recognition in the industry.

The Award was created to highlight the versatility and functionality of chain link fencing products. CLFMI recognizes the designing architect and installing contractor of the project that is deemed to represent the most unique and practical way of incorporating chain link fencing materials. The architect and contractor each received a specially-designed plaque and a cash award. The program is jointly funded by the CLFMI and the Les Grube family.

Architects and contractors are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible to be considered for the 2017 Award. Award winners will be invited to attend CLFMI meetings to speak to the industry’s leaders, and to enhance the relationship between the architectural community and the construction and manufacturing part of the economy. Contractors will receive special recognitions at the Awards Program held at the FenceTech event sponsored by the American Fence Association.

The deadline for application submission is November 1, 2017.


To qualify for the Les Grube Memorial Design Award, the nominated project must:

1. Employ an innovative use of chain link fence materials (fabric, framework, and/or gates) on a commercial or industrial project.

2. Be conceived by a professional architectural or engineering firm.

3. Be installed by a professional fence contractor.

Visit CLFMI website to view the previous winners and to submit an application online.

For more information, contact Mark Levin at 301-596-2583 or via email at

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