Pittsburgh, PA - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Western Pennsylvania Saturday, April 17, 2010, announced the 2009 Excellence in Construction Award winners at the association's 37th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet. The annual banquet honors the ABC members who have provided notable services to the association and those companies which deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work within the construction industry in western Pennsylvania. More than 180 ABC members and their guests attended the banquet.
ABC contractor members submit their outstanding projects in the Excellence in Construction competition. Categories include General Contractor (commercial, institutional, historical, renovation, etc.), Electrical Contractors (commercial, institutional, and industrial), Mechanical Contractors (commercial, institutional, and industrial) and Specialty Contractors (interior, exterior, sitework, highway, etc.). A panel of architects then judge each project based on the following: project scope, narrative, safety, merit shop opportunities, references, entry appearance, photography, etc.
Up to two construction projects in each subcategory are eligible for Awards of Merit, with the contractor, architect, and owner of each Award of Merit-winning project receiving an engraved pinnacle acrylic. One Award of Merit winner in each category may be eligible for the Award of Excellence (otherwise known as the Eagle Awards) to signify ABC of Western Pennsylvania's highest construction honor and free enterprise. The judges for this year's program were Matthew Franz of HHSDR Architects & Engineers, Max Mavrovic Architects, and Paul Zippel of Studio Z Architects.
TUDI Mechanical Systems, Inc., an ABC member for more than ten years from McKees Rocks, won the Award of Merit for their American Bridge Corporate Headquarters Expansion project. The architect on this project was L.F. Gilberti Architect, and the owner was American Bridge. The judges selected this project for the Award of Merit because TUDI Mechanical performed both the plumbing and HVAC work, installed a web-based temperature control system, and maintained their schedule despite the occupation of the adjacent building.
Also presented at this year's award banquet were the Construction Industry Awards, which are awarded after the winning companies are nominated and then voted on by their fellow ABC members in their respective categories. Nominations and votes are based on active ABC promotion, workmanship, respect, and safety.
TUDI Mechanical Systems, Inc., of McKees Rocks, won the 2009 Construction Industry Award for Subcontractor of the year in the $1-$3 million category.
ABC of Western PA Chairman Robert A. Glancy, president of R.A. Glancy & Sons, Inc., last year's Frank Irey, Jr., Member of the Year Award winner, presented this year's honor to the association's immediate past chairman Keith A. Impink, president of Westmoreland Electric, Inc., in acknowledgment of his outstanding service and commitment to ABC.
Stergios Kalorgeris, from JKECO Electric, Inc., was this year's inductee to the Safety, Education & Training Hall of Fame for his outstanding commitment and service to the safety and education programs offered by ABC of Western PA. Director of Education, Elizabeth Yorio made the presentation.
Also presented were the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards. The STEP Program, established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Heath & Safety Committee, serves as a valuable tool for ABC members to consistently build upon their safety training programs and gain recognition for their outstanding efforts.