SAIA award winners announced

The 2023 Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) celebrated the industry’s best during its awards dinner gala on Oct. 19.

Held in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, the awards recognize SAIA members for their service, dedication and contributions to the Association, as well as successes within the scaffold and access industry.

Broken into two categories – project awards and association awards – 17 winners took home trophies. For the full list, see below.

The SAIA also had its own “wins” to honor during its Annual Convention & Exposition, which was held Oct. 16-20 in Vancouver, including more than 160 first-time attendees and 12 new exhibitors at this year’s event. The SAIA also announced it gained 50 new members this year.

“I’d like to take this moment to thank our members who renewed in 2023 and those who joined us during the event,” said SAIA President Tracy Dutting-Kane, P.E. “Your involvement makes us stronger and safer, and I cannot thank you enough.”

Scaffold and access industry award winners

The SAIA awards recognize Association members for their service, dedication and contributions to the Association, as well as successes within the scaffold and access industry. The awards are broken down into two categories: Projects of the Year and Association Awards. (Editor’s note: Full project details will be revealed throughout the 2024 issues of SA Magazine. To subscribe, click here.)

Project of the Year Awards

The SAIA Project Awards recognize member companies that have gone above and beyond in contributing to the overall success of a project within the scaffold and access industry. This year’s winners were:

Mast Driven Hoists and Platforms
BandSafway – Two Manhattan West

scaffold, suspended scaffold, saia The Bee Access team won the SAIA Suspended Access Project of the Year Award for its work on the El Vado Dam. (Photo: KHL)

The Innovation Award
Skyline Scaffold, Ltd. – Justice Institute

Suspended Access
Bee Access – El Vado Dam

Supported Scaffold
Scaffold Resource, LLC – Maryland State House Restoration – Ph.1 – Dome Rehabilitation

Skyline Scaffold, Inc. – Echowater Tertiary Treatment Facilities

Industrial Collaborative
D.H. Charles Engineering – Gordie Howe International Bridge

Commercial Collaborative
Performance Contracting, Inc. – Benson Polytechnic High School

Association Awards

The SAIA bestows a number of awards to Association members who have contributed their time, devotion, passion and expertise to the overall growth, mission and initiatives of the SAIA. Winners this year include:

ATI Instructor of the Year
Joel Almquest with Scaffold Service Inc.

William T. Ayers Founders Award
David Johnson with SkyLine Scaffold

Spirit Award
Mike McAnnally

Unsung Hero
Paula Manning

Outstanding Service 
Harold Gidish

Outstanding Council Chairperson
Brian Andrews

Outstanding Company Contribution 
D.H. Charles Engineering

Hall of Fame 
Eric Schmidt

Coupling Pin
Tracy Dutting-Kane

Victor Saleeby Award
Michael Paladino

To learn more about the SAIA or to become a member, visit their website at For more information on the SAIA awards, click here. 

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