2 Foundations 5 Awards. On this day hundreds of people (not counting the 160 hotel personnel) were on duty to handle transfers between the airport and the hotels, check-in at the hotels, the organization of the event from the traditional welcome ceremony to the leaders of the bands and the fire- works specialist – for the enjoyment of everyone present. Thrilling and humorous The guests agreed: “Bangkok 2006” was not just the crowning conclu- sion of a successfully run competi- tion; for most it was an unforget- table event that offered a very spe- cial mixture of Awards ceremony, entertainment program, and a close look into the world of sustainable construction. The event was opened by the moderators Chonpunsa Narula and Surasun Kongsiri, who skillfully built up the tension lead- “Bangkok 2006” offered exciting speeches, an abundance of show el- ements, and unforgettable impres- sions. But above all, the giant two- day event produced 4 smiling teams of winners whose projects make our world more sustainable – which makes us all winners! 700 visitors from over 50 countries – among them the teams of the 15 Awards finalists from all continents – gathered on April 24 in the ball- room of the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok to take part in the climax of the first cycle the Holcim Awards, the presentation of the global 700 happy faces – and 4 winning teams Surasun Kongsiri and Chonpunsa Narula moder- ated the program, some parts bilingually. Hospitality par excellence: Thai hors d’oeuvres.