WATERTOWN, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — Phoenix Construction Group, Inc. (PCGI), one of Greater Boston’s premier residential and commercial design/build firms, has won two 2008 Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards. In a ceremony held on November 5, the Watertown-based company received the COTY Gold Award for Best Commercial Project and the Silver Award for Best Residential Specialty Space. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) conducts the COTY Awards annually to recognize the best achievements in remodeling projects.

This year, EM NARI received a record-breaking number of COTY Award entries. Each entry is comprised of “before and after” photography and detailed project descriptions. In selecting winners, judges considered functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, problem solving, and entry presentation.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by our peers with these two awards,” says PCGI principal Dani Chedid. “This is a great validation of the hard work and talents of the entire PCGI team.”

PCGI received the Gold Award for Best Commercial Project for its meticulous work on the Bell Tower Place project – a nine-unit condominium development built within an historic Watertown church and rectory. PCGI innovatively reconfigured the church’s grand interiors to create bright, well-lit and dramatic residences, all incorporating original detailing. Two of the units include private access to the church’s signature bell towers. The church’s exterior was painstakingly restored, preserving a cherished community landmark.

PCGI received the Silver Award for Best Residential Specialty Space for a thoughtful residential renovation that transformed an ordinary basement into an inviting media room and cigar room. The cigar room includes an air filtration system to contain and remove smoke, and features a wet bar with attractive glass-front wine refrigerators and a humidor drawer. The adjacent media center has its own wet bar and a sophisticated media system concealed within attractive cabinetry. The two adjoining rooms provide the perfect setting for a “guy’s night in,” or a comfortable gathering of family and friends.

Phoenix Construction Group, Inc. is an award-winning design/build firm in Watertown. The company was founded in 2003 to address the building needs of residential and commercial redevelopment projects by providing premium remodeling and restoration services, as well as expert advice on architecture, design, and construction.