Awards Presented at 32nd Annual State Construction Conference

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The Frank B. Turner Award was presented to a career state employee and Certificates of Merit were awarded to designers and contractors during the 32th annual State Construction Conference at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Additionally, the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) presented six Good Faith Effort Awards to HUB leaders.

The event, which attracted more than 1000 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 2013 Frank B. Turner Award was presented to Gerald J. Knott. consulting architect with the Division of School Planning (1970-1995) and school chief (1995-2002), bith positions with the NC Department of Public Instruction,.  Given annually since 1983, the Turner Award recognizes a state government employee for dedicated public service and outstanding professional contributions to the built environment.

Additional designers and contractors received Certificates of Merit from the State Building Commission for outstanding achievment.

Excellence in Project Implementation – Pearce, Brinkley, Cease + Lee (Designer), Snohetta (Designer) and Skanska (Contractor) awarded for their work on the NCSU James B. Hunt Library project.

Excellence in Design – John Farkas, JKF Architecture, awarded for his work on the Pitt Communitdy College New Academic Classroom Building.

Excellence in Design (under $5 million) – Smith Sinnett Architecture, awarded for their work on the DENRParks and Recreation Morrow Mountain State Park Boathouse project.

Excellence in Construction – D.H. Griffin Construction Co, LLC, awarded for their work on the UNC Chapel Hill Steam Tunnel Replacement project.

The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) presented six Good Faith Effort Awards to outstanding HUB leaders.

HUB Firm – Cornelius “CC” Lambert, President of C2 Contractors, LLC (formerly CoMor Corporation) located in Greensboro, NC. Established in 1984, C2 Contractors is a communications and construction solutions provider specializing in the design and implementation of networking technologies and general trades construction. C2 Contractors was recognized for its outstanding achievement as a historically underutilized business.

HUB Advocate – Robin Slade, M/W/SBE Compliance Coordinator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This award is in recognition of her dedication and commitment in promoting the state’s HUB program and initiatives while advocating for historically underutilized businesses.

Professional Service / Construction Industry Company – Metcon, Inc., is a Native American owned general contracting and construction management firm located in Pembroke, NC. Metcon received this award in recognition of its outstanding efforts in promoting HUB outreach and the utilization of other HUB firms, specifically in the Native American community.

Public Sector Owner / Agency – University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Phil Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities; John Flesser, P.E., Director of Capital Projects; Beth Hardin, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs; and Dorothy Vick, HUB Coordinator. They received this award in recognition of their commitment to the state’s HUB program and utilization of HUB firms.

Industry / Agency – Individual Award – Donovan Everett, Project Manager with Balfour Beatty Construction. He received this award in recognition of his exemplary diligence and accomplishments in promoting the state’s HUB program, and his utilization and mentoring of HUB firms.

Special Recognition Award – Cassandra Herndon, Certification / HUB Outreach Specialist, with the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses. She received this award in recognition of her outstanding commitment in certifying, promoting and advocating for of the HUB office and HUB firms.  Read More.