Construction companies, engineers and architects from around the state were honored during the Alabama Associated General Contractors’ Build Alabama Awards in January at The Club in Birmingham, AL.
In the category of New Building Construction, the winner was Brice Building Company, Birmingham, for the Southern Progress Corporation-Building 3 and Parking Deck in Birmingham.
Southern Progress is the publisher of lifestyle magazines such as Southern Living and Coastal Living, so native Alabama stacked stone, a glass curtainwall, wood and rich natural colors were used to link the inside of the campus to the 28-acre woodland exterior.
Michael Walker accepted the award.
In the category of New Construction Management, the winner was Doster Construction Company Inc., Birmingham, for the Ross Bridge Renaissance Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover, AL.
The project is the first four-star resort in the area and was managed so well that the project general superintendent also was elected Superintendent of the Year 2006 by the Associated Subcontractors Association.
Bill Bowman and Bruce Vanarsdale accepted the award.
In the category of New Municipal Utilities, the winner was B.L. Harbert International LLC, Birmingham, for improvements to the Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pinson, AL.
The project is located in the picturesque Turkey Creek watershed, so a 650-acre nature preserve was developed adjacent to the upgraded plant that increased its treatment capacity from 6 million-gal.-per-day to 10 million-gal.-per-day.
Tom Lee and Gerald Hare accepted the award.
In the category of New Building Construction Under $5 Million, the winner was Rives Construction Company Inc., Birmingham, for the new office building of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood also of Birmingham. Attracted to Birmingham’s Lakeview district because of the recent revitalization efforts, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood chose the location in hopes to encouraging further revitalization.
Brad Ringer of Rives Construction and Chris Engel of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood accepted the award.
In the category of Renovation Design-Build Under $5 Million, the winner was Doster Construction Company Inc., Birmingham, for an addition to the Pinnacle Foods facility in Jackson, TN.
The project design team completed the site work, obtained the site development permit, procured competitive pricing from subcontractors and mobilized the project in only five weeks, and reduced the cost of the construction by using a precast hollow core plank roof system.
Duane Watson accepted the award.
Colyer-Lloyd General Contractors of Anniston won in the category of New Design-Build Under $5 Million for the Shoal Creek Ranger Station in the Talladega National Forest in Heflin, AL. James Lloyd, Nick Jenkins and Ashley Sparks accepted the award.
The Shoal Creek Ranger Station in the Talladega National Forest belongs to the U.S. Forestry Service, so the project had to be certified under national Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED) standards. Because all LEED projects receive approval only after completion, Colyer-Lloyd had to guarantee LEED certification at the onset of construction. This is the first LEED project for the U.S. Forestry Service and the first “Gold-Certified” LEED project in Alabama.
Caddell Construction Co. Inc. of Montgomery won in the category of New Design-Build for the Combat Aviation Brigade Barracks & Operations Complex at Fort Bragg, NC.
The project covered 378,000 sq. ft. and included four barracks buildings, 12 company operations facilities, three battalion headquarters, one brigade headquarters, a stand-alone dining facility and an aero-medical facility. Exceptional cost controls far exceeded the best-case budget scenario developed by the Army Corps of Engineers. And the project is one of only a handful in the past 10 years to receive an “outstanding” official performance evaluation from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Monte McKinney and Craig Lazzarini accepted the award.
Caddell also won in the category of New Heavy Industrial Construction for its work with Blaine Construction Corp. of Knoxville, TN, on the Target Building at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN. The Target Building is a “target” for a high-energy proton beam that knocks out or “spalls” neutrons. Part of the Spallation Neutron Source Program of the U.S. Department of Energy, this facility helps scientists develop high-temperature semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, and even better-quality CDs. This is the largest initiative at Oak Ridge since the World War II Manhattan Project.
Dana Robinson and Neil Riddle of Caddell Construction and Scott Boone of Blaine Construction accepted the award.
General contractor Ollinger/Mostellar & Associates Inc. of Mobile was awarded a 2006 Build Alabama Award in the category of Renovation Building Construction Under $5 million for phase I renovations to the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL.
This was the first major renovation since its doors opened in 1927. An indication of the significance of the renovations, The History Channel chronicled the re-construction of the original opera boxes as a new method of restoration.
Lex Allain and Tom P. Ollinger accepted the award.
In addition to the individual project awards, firms were recognized for their overall performance in 2005.
The Alabama AGC named Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood of Birmingham the 2006 Architect of the Year.
Chris Engel accepted the award, which is presented each year to recognize the top architects in the state.
Chris Matthews Construction of Birmingham, received an Outstanding Safety Performance Award for its efforts to place employee health and safety programs at the center of its projects. AGC State Association President Jeff Rogers and the ceremony’s emcee, Meteorologist James Spann, presented the award to Lanny Fivet of Chris Matthews Construction.
John G. Walton Construction Company was recognized with an Outstanding Safety Performance Award for placing employee health and safety programs at the center of each project. Johnny Walton and Roger Dixon accepted the award.
The Alabama AGC also named Southern Earth Sciences Inc. of Mobile, AL, the 2006 Engineer of the Year. James Laier accepted the award, which is presented each year to recognize the top engineers in the state.
B.H. Craig Construction of Florence was recognized with an Outstanding Safety Performance Award for its overall performance in 2005.