Balzer Wins BHC Gingerbread Grand Prize

Balzer Wins BHC Gingerbread Grand Prize

(November 16, 2021) – Balzer and Associates was proud to participate in the fifth annual Better Housing Coalition Gingerbread House Challenge held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Balzer and Associates took home first place with a score of 77 out of 80 points and with your support won the People’s Choice Award with the “Virginia is for Lovers” themed design. James Ford who was the Team Captain, Emily Salkind, Kenny Winslow, Alexa Vetter, Samantha Fuller, and Michael Juriga of our Richmond office participated in the annual Challenge to bring awareness to housing challenges and support their mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.

The challenge, hosted by the young professional’s board of the Better Housing Coalition (BHC), invited local businesses and groups to share their creativity by constructing a gingerbread structure. This year, 11 teams took on the challenge. The Balzer team focused their efforts on Virginia is for Lovers of History with a nearly accurate scaled model of Susan Constant, which was one of the many charters that ventured from England to Jamestown, Virginia back in 1607.

The day’s event consisted of judging from a group of expert panelists of local artists, business owners, and members of the BHC. At the end of the night, Team Deck the Balz was awarded the People’s Choice Award and also won the 1st place Grand Prize! The Gingerbread House Challenge fundraiser raised over $32,125 with 100% of proceeds going towards BHC’s mission of affordable housing. The team would like to thank everyone who came out to support and to those who voted online!


About Balzer & Associates

Established in 1968, Balzer & Associates is a development consulting company that provides planning, architectural, engineering, surveying, and related services throughout Virginia and surrounding areas. The company is headquartered in Roanoke and has offices in Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley, the New River Valley, and Lynchburg.