The Deli Loop project won the 2017 Chairman's Award by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) in the category of Commercial/Industrial. The project was featured in the February 2018 copy of the Metal Architecture magazine as a bonus feature. The Chairman's Awards are given to the year's most exceptional building projects. Awards are based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.
The winners were chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included: Mark Dealt, AIA, principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Chicago; Mark Horton, FAIA, principal, Mark Horton/Architecture, San Francisco; and Brent Schipper, AIA, LED AP, principal, ASK Studio, Des Moines, Iowa.
MCA Judge Mark Dewalt commented that one aspect he liked about the Deli-Loop was that it was a small restaurant and not part of a national chain. He said, "It's a on-off probably or a mom and pop. And these kinds of projects are always financially strapped and so they tend to fall below the level of good design. And yet here with maybe a fairly restrive budget and the use of metal, this thing has got some pop and sizzle to it. I thought that that was an interesting achievement."