ABC Delaware members showcase their work each year in the Excellence in Construction Awards Program, which honors the best of the best in the construction industry. Here are this year’s winners.
KBR Building Group
In the GC/CM $50 million+ category, the Excellence winner is KBR Building Group for the DuPont Chestnut Run Project Renaissance Building 730. What makes this an award-winning project is its safety record, innovative design and quality of product, and a true collaborative effort from the team to complete the project on time and within budget. The focus on safety was unmatched, reaching 500 days without an injury.
The Odessa Campus Phase I wins an Excellence for EDiS Company in the GC/CM $40 million+ category. Overcoming poor soil conditions requiring a temporary surcharge, and record rainfall of 28 inches, EDiS delivered the Odessa Campus’ new Early Childhood Center and Elementary School on time and within budget.
The Excellence winner in the GC/CM $25 million+ category is Pettinaro Construction for the Courthouse Building on Rodney Square in Wilmington. The Courthouse Building is an adaptive re-use of a historical 1916 public building to a modern day, 21st century law office that had many challenges yet was completed under budget and on time.
Richard Y. Johnson & Son
Winning an Excellence in the GC/CM $20 million+ category is Richard Y. Johnson & Son for the W.B. Simpson Elementary School in Camden-Wyoming. The project was a complete gutting of the current shell, renovation and addition of 85,000+ square feet and was completed in one year and under budget.
Bancroft Construction is awarded an Excellence in the GC/CM $15 million+ category for the Hanby Elementary School and Bush Early Education Center. This state-of-the-art academic facility is slated to become the first LEED Certified school in Delaware and was built as a prototype for districts in the mid-Atlantic region looking to incorporate environmentally friendly features and design aspects.
The Excellence award in the GC/CM $5-10 million category is Wohlsen Construction for the Johnson Controls Middletown Distribution Center. The design/build team of Wohlsen Construction and Becker Morgan Group had five months to design, build, and turn over the 422,000-square-foot, LEED Certified manufacturing, distribution and office facility.
Winning an Excellence in the GC/CM $2-5 million category is Wohlsen Construction for the Rockford Center near Newark. Wohlsen Construction and Array Healthcare Facilities Solutions provided Integrated Project Delivery services to construct a one-story, 15,000-square-foot, 26-bed addition to the existing facility.
GG+A Construction is awarded an Excellence in the GC/CM under $2 million category for Atlantic Broadband. The newest cable branch for Atlantic features an attractive lobby, custom-crafted teller window, specialty lighting and custom flooring. The demolition and renovation project was completed on time and at budget.
Worth & Company
The Excellence award in the Mechanical $2-10 million category is Worth & Company for the addition and renovation of the UD’s Bob Carpenter Center. The project included transforming the existing mechanical room into a central plant for heating and cooling as well as a new 56,000-square-foot gym, locker room and office facility next door. The biggest challenge—work was performed during regular business hours, yet the project was completed in nine months.
An Excellence award is presented to Service Unlimited in the Mechanical under $2 million category for The Resurrection Center in Wilmington. The fast-track project included replacing the original system from 1964 with a new eight-zone system to heat and cool 25,000 square feet of space, with phase one of the project, the heating system, being finished between Dec. 19 and Dec. 24 for Christmas services.
The Tri-M Group
The Tri-M Group is awarded an Excellence in the Electrical $2-10 million category for DuPont Chestnut Run Renaissance Building 730. Tri-M provided the complete electrical package (high voltage systems, telecommunications distribution, building controls, solar panel installation and all site lighting) for DuPont’s state-of-the-art, 222,000-square-foot office building.
Nickle Electrical Companies
Winning an Excellence in the electrical under $2 million category is Nickle Electrical Companies for Brookside Energy Center. The project is the first of its kind on the East Coast. Nickle installed three megawatts of fuel cells, known as Bloom Boxes, that generate some of the greenest electricity in the world.
George & Lynch
The Excellence award in the site/civil $5-10 million category is George & Lynch for the Angola Neck Sanitary Sewer District near Rehoboth. The challenge of constructing a gravity sewer system in southern Delaware is dealing with water and sand at great depths while demanding that safe working conditions be maintained at all times.
RC Fabricators is awarded an Excellence in specialty construction, steel erection/fabrication category for the Christiana Care Health Services Free Standing Emergency Department in Middletown. The two-story building includes 375 tons of steel that covered 60,000 square feet with a main entrance canopy that weighed more than 20 tons and was erected in one piece.
County Group Companies
The Excellence award in the specialty category mechanical insulation is presented to the County Group Companies for the UD East Campus Utility Project. The expression and celebration of the inner workings of the plant will allow it to be used as a teaching tool for engineering students.
In the specialty category for roofing, Farrell Roofing is awarded an Excellence for the UD Drake Hall Roof Replacement. While the design of the project was not unique, the overhead obstructions provided significant challenges to be accomplished in a short period of time.
Radius Technologies/Sobieski Life Safety
The Excellence award in the special category for fire sprinkler/alarm systems is Radius Technologies/Sobieski Life Safety for Greenville Crossing. Radius/Sobieski completed this customized project to both remedy and prevent microbiologically influenced corrosion. The project was completed on time and within budget with no interruption to the tenants and patrons of Greenville Crossing.
Eastern Industrial Services
In the specialty category for industrial coatings, the Excellence winner is Eastern Industrial Services for the Sheraton Hotel & Resort in Parsippany, N.J. The project complications included extreme confined spaces, the fact that the hotel remained in full operation during the renovation project and work hours were limited due to noise concerns and facility activities.