Carolinas AGC Bestows Pinnacle Awards to Seven High-Profile Projects, Companies and Individuals

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The Carolinas AGC bestowed the 2009 Pinnacle Awards to three high-profile projects, two companies and two individuals. The recipients were honored on January 22 at the CAGC’™s 89th Annual Convention. Johnston Allison & Hord attorneys at law and Greer & Walker, certified public accountants facilitated the judging and sponsored the awards program.

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2009 BEST BUILDING PROJECT: The Raleigh Convention Center

Construction mangement team: Skanska/Barnhill, a joint venture team of Barnhill Contracting Co, Raleigh and Skanska USA Building, Durham.

The Raleigh Convention Center took more than four years and 1.9 million man hours. Yet it experienced only one minor lost-time accident. The team forged an unprecedented agreement with the NC Department of Labor and OSHA representatives. The Labor Department has used the pact as a model.

With 507,000 square feet on three main levels, the building had to be constructed in tight quarters in downtown Raleigh, with minimum traffic disruption.

Walter Benoit, project executive with Skanska USA, Durham, and John Muter, vice president of Barnhill Contracting, Raleigh, marvel at how smoothly the work progressed. READ MORE…

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BEST BUILDING PROJECT: The Forsyth Medical Center Expansion & Renovation, Winston-Salem

Construction management team: RodgersRentenbach, a joint venture of Rodgers Builders, Charlotte and Rentenbach Constructors, Greensboro

The Forsyth Medical Center Expansion and Renovation for Novant Health of Winston-Salem included five major projects totaling more than 1 million square feet. These were the North Pavilion, a new parking deck, an education and conference center, a central energy plant expansion and the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center. Additionally, there were infrastructure improvements and a reroute of the primary road fronting the hospital.

This too was a joint venture. It paired Rodgers Builders of Charlotte with the Greensboro office of Rentenbach Constructors, based in Knoxville, TN.

‘œIt was a great relationship,’ says David Craft, vice president of construction for Rodgers. ‘œWe melded. We were one team. We never made a decision that was not in the best interest of the project.’ READ MORE…

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BEST UTILITY PROJECT: James A. Loughlin Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion, Wilmington

Contractor: Crowder Construction Company, Apex

The James A. Loughlin Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion was a project of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority in Wilmington. Among the largest construction endeavors in New Hanover County history, it doubled capacity of the existing 40-year-old plant, which now handles 16 million gallons daily.

Contractor Crowder Construction Company, servicing the project from its Apex office, also upgraded the chlorination and electrical systems. READ MORE…

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