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Delaware Contractors Honor Construction Excellence

Wed December 20, 2000 - Northeast Edition
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The Delaware Contractors Association (DCA) and the State of Delaware’s Department of Administrative Services announced the winners of the Construction Excellence Awards for the year 2000. This is the fourth year that the awards have been co-sponsored by DCA and the State of Delaware.

The Construction Excellence Awards Program was initiated to honor exceptional project teams in Delaware’s construction industry and to recognize excellence in construction based on design and craftsmanship, teamwork, innovative techniques or materials, and meeting the challenge of a difficult project.

Entries for the Awards were reviewed by an independent panel of judges.

The award for General Building Projects Under $5 million was presented to Nason Construction Inc. for the Amtrak Training Center in Wilmington, DE. This 23,000-sq.-ft. high profile project created a non-institutional design for an institutional training facility. This fast track design was started in February 1999 and was fully functional by October 1999.

The award for General Building Construction Over $5 million was presented to Bancroft Construction Company for the DuPont Company’s OPD1 Laboratory at the Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark, DE. This 194,000-sq.-ft. facility illustrates a distinct sense of compatibility between the structure and its environment. This building met the researchers highly specific needs, while ensuring long-term maintenance and service logistics.

The award for Residential Construction also was awarded to Bancroft Construction Company for the Carpenter’s Row Project in Montchanin, DE. These townhomes, located on a serene lane in the historic village of Montchanin, were renovated so that their original architectural style and historical integrity were maintained, while providing the essentials for modern day living.

The Smart Growth award was presented to George & Lynch Inc. for construction of Tidal Capture Structure for United Water Delaware in suburban Wilmington, DE, on White Clay Creek. This project was designed by Duffield Associates to capture tidal water by using an inflatable water-filled bladder which, when needed, impounds the creek water twice daily during high tide and provides the availability of the high tide flows for United’s use.

The award for Craftsmanship was presented to Dewson Construction Company for the Boyden Residence in the Westover Hills, DE, section of Wilmington. The project involved the renovation of a 60-year-old, gray stone Colonial Revival home, which was quite grand and stately in its original construction. The renovation involved 20 penetrations into the existing structure and the result was a renovation that blended the 1940s artisans’ work with today’s new technology, creating a near-perfect match and blend of new to old resulting in an outstanding expansion and renovation.

The Special Projects award was presented to Wohlsen Construction Company for the Arsht Surgicenter of the Christiana Care Health Services System in Wilmington, DE. This facility includes 18 private surgery preparation rooms, six operating theaters and a six-bed recovery area. This free-standing facility was designed to allow Christiana Care to group patients, thus minimizing staffing requirements.

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