Awards presented at 30th Annual State Construction Conference


The Frank B. Turner Award was presented to a career state employee and Certificates of Merit were awarded to designers and contractors during the 30th annual State Construction Conference at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Additionally, the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) presented five Good Faith Effort Awards to HUB leaders.

The event, which attracted more than 1,100 contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, landscape architects and representatives of state agencies, was presented by the State Construction Office (SCO) of the N.C. Department of Administration.

The Frank B. Turner Award was presented to Frederick (Fred) A. Patrick, the Director of Facilities Design and Construction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Given annually since 1983, it recognizes a state government employee for dedicated public service and outstanding professional contributions to the built environment. Before joining UNC-G, Patrick designed nuclear power plants and various other building types, including ski resorts in California and Colorado. At the University, he has overseen approximately $453 million dollars of new and renovated construction equating to over 5 million square feet.

The following designers and contractors received Certificates of Merit from the State Building Commission for outstanding achievement:

Excellence in Project Implementation (Less than $5 Million): LS3P Associates LTD, and Harrod & Associates Constructors, Inc., for the VisitorCenter and Picnic Area, Raven Rock State Park, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation

Excellence in Project Implementation(Greater than $5 Million): Hobbs Architects, PA, and Daniels & Daniels Construction Company, Inc., for the Visitor Center, Fort Macon State Park, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation

The HUB Office presented five Good Faith Effort Awards to recognize outstanding HUB leaders. A new category, Industry/Agency – Individual Award, was introduced this year.

HUB Firm: Dr. Vinod K. Goel, President of A-1 Consulting Group, Inc. (formerly NFE Technologies), which has provided engineering and consulting services for more than 40 years, in recognition of its outstanding achievements as a historically underutilized business.

HUB Advocate: Zack Abegunrin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management at N.C. Central University, in recognition of his dedication in promoting and advocating for historically underutilized businesses.

Professional Service/Construction Industry Company: Wexford/Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, joint venture, in recognition of its outstanding efforts for HUB Outreach and Utilization with the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

Public Sector Owner/Agency: Winston-Salem State University: Owen Cooks, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities, and Brenda Fulmore, HUB Coordinator, in recognition of its commitment to the State’s HUB Program and Utilization of HUB firms.

Industry/Agency – Individual Award: Mark Collins, Project Manager, Skanska USA Building, Inc., in recognition of his exemplary diligence and accomplishments in promoting the HUB Program. Read More.


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