Alabama Construction News

OCT-DEC 2018

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25 OCT-DEC 2018 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS T THE CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM WAS ONCE AGAIN THE SETTING FOR ABC OF ALAB AMA'S 29TH ANNUAL E XCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AWARDS. Held on November 29, the annual event is the largest networking event held for the year, attracting more than 550 of the industry 's top professionals for an evening to recognize outstanding construction projects performed by Alabama contractors. "The Excellence in Construction Banquet is a time both of reflection and satisfaction," said Bradley 's David Pugh. "Reflection over just how blessed we are in our region to have the quality of contractors we do, the number of challenging projects, and the collegiality among the members of our industry and association. Satisfaction in the number of jobs well done and the number of satisfied clients as indicated by the winners of the awards: private projects, public projects, large projects, small projects, local projects, projects in other states and even projects overseas." Each year, ABC of Alabama provides the opportunity to its members to compete for honors in the construction industry 's premier annual awards program, recognizing the outstanding merit shop projects of the year. "Every year our association is blown away by the magnitude of the commercial construction industry in our state," said ABC of Alabama President Jay Reed. "This banquet allows us to pause and award projects making huge impacts across the world. Not only are these projects located locally and nationally, but some are even abroad. These awards truly exemplify why this 12 billion dollar industry is important to Alabama. While every project presents challenges, our members continue to perform on time, safely and within budget. That's certainly worthy of recognition. Congratulations to each of them." This year, more than 50 winners were recognized during the evening. "Throughout construction, contractors are faced with an abundance of challenges," said Tim Harrison of Harrison Construction. "The annual Excellence in Construction Awards Competition allows project teams the opportunity to be acknowledged for overcoming those challenges and delivering a quality final product for their clients. Several outstanding projects were recognized at this year's Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet. Harrison Construction was honored to be acknowledged for three award-winning projects at the event. Our team enjoyed celebrating these achievements and having the occasion to view other reputable work from industry leaders across the state. Congratulations to all this year's winners." The special event began with a cocktail reception, which moved into the awards presentation and dinner. "I thoroughly enjoyed our Excellence Awards this year," said outgoing Chairman of the Board Allen Harris. "Our grandest event of the year was full of fellowshipping, seeing friends and colleagues and catching up. Personally, I continue to be amazed and grateful for the sophistication level of our industry, the monumental challenges that we overcome daily, the complicated and gorgeous projects our members build and the recognition of those firms that walked away with awards. A wheelbarrow full of congratulations to our people and the passion that makes it happen." The 26th Annual Alabama Construction News Cornerstone Award was also presented during the evening. The annual award first began in 1994 and is presented to an individual who has made an exemplary lifelong commitment to Alabama construction and has brought favorable recognition to the industry as a result of his personal integrity, business ethics and community involvement. This year the award was awarded to Garry and Jimmy Ard of Ard Contracting. "I have worked with Jimmy and Garry Ard for over 20 years," said John Windle of Ard Contracting. "Their persistence and determination are unmatched. That being said, they treat everyone with dignity and respect. They have been outstanding mentors in both my professional life and personal life and I am grateful to them." Added Buddy Stewart, incoming Chairman of the Board, "The Alabama ABC Chapter continues to set the bar high in delivering a first class and fresh approach to the Excellence in Construction Banquet. Our ABC staff never disappoints. It is the events like these, along with our commitment to craft training, merit shop, and political advocacy for the construction industry, that keeps us in the forefront across the nation. "I am humbled and honored to work with the men and women that make up the ABC Alabama Board of Directors," Stewart continued. "This is a collection of some of the most talented people in the state. It never ceases to amaze me that while we don't always agree on every item, we always move forward and support the best decision for the construction industry." 2018 E xc e l l e n c e i n Co n st r u c t i o n Awa rd s by PA I G E T OW N L E Y "ABC's event of the year was once again the best banquet we participated in. The event participants are a who's who of the Alabama construction industry and the awards video documentary is a fresh approach." –Geoff Golden, Creature

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