Alabama Organization Named AGC’s Chapter of the Year

Wed April 27, 2005 - Southeast Edition

The Alabama Association of General Contractors (AGC)was the star of the Associated General Contractor’s 2005 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, garnering Chapter of the Year honors as well as the James M. Cashman Membership Award for best membership program.

Alabama AGC members Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery and Boh Brothers Construction Co. of Mobile were honored with Aon Build America Awards at the convention for outstanding construction projects they completed in 2004.

Also at the convention, Henry T. Hagood Jr., Alabama AGC’s executive vice president, was honored for his 35 years of service with the chapter. The chapter was chartered in 1920 and has had only two executive officers since 1938.

The Alabama AGC was named Chapter of the Year for the first time in its 85-year history. Judges cited the chapter’s outstanding membership programs and growth and the construction of its statewide headquarters building on Grantswood Road facing Interstate 459 in Irondale.

The chapter was awarded the James M. Cashman Membership Award for an innovative program that led to a 22 percent net membership gain in a market where most associations are losing members.

“This recognition marks a real milestone for the Alabama AGC,” Hagood said. “Our members have put us in a strong position and provided us the opportunity to grow. Being named Chapter of the Year is the result of a lot of work over many years during which we garnered three national public relations awards.

“We don’t work for recognition. Instead, our members dictate policy and our staff works to implement that policy. Developing sound policies and working hard to implement them has put us in a position for some great national recognition.”

Caddell’s and Boh Brothers’ awards represent the “best of the best” for construction projects completed in 2004. Known as the construction industry’s “Oscars,” the awards symbolize excellence in construction, promoting quality, uniqueness and innovation within individual projects. This year the judges selected 16 projects to receive a Build America Award and seven projects to receive a Build America Merit Award.

Caddell Construction was honored in the Federal & Heavy New Division for a project at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee. A 30-plus-year-old aircraft testing facility underwent major upgrades and conversions that enabled ground testing of hypersonic speeds. Caddell Construction Company’s project finished with zero lost-time accidents and special recognition from the corps of engineers as the best safety program among its nationwide projects for two consecutive quarters.

Boh Brothers Construction was honored in the Highway Renovation division for the St. George Island Bridge Replacement in Apalachicola, FL. Located in one of the most productive oyster beds in the United States, the replacement of the St. George Island bridge featured 133 spans of 125 ft. making up the low-level structure over shallow and a high-level bridge over the ship impact zone (4,933 ft. long); 54-ft. diameter concrete piles with 8-ft. wall thickness and 3-ft. concrete cover. The contractor incorporated partnering workshops to allow all participants to discuss and resolve issues prior to the start of construction.