The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Alabama Construction Hall of Fame: An Outstanding Class of Nominees

The list of nominees for induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame at the 2015 Alabama AGC BuildSouth Awards Banquet on Jan. 16 at The Club has been set. Inducted into the ACHOF in 2014 were Robert Paul Barnett, Barnett Associates; Patrick Davis, CMH Architects; Leroy McAbee, Sr., McAbee Construction; Earlon C. McWhorter, McWhorter and Co.; Sam Moore, Moore Corporation.

Other Hall of Fame Members are:

2013 – Jamie Aycock, Alain J. Gallet, the late Leon Goddard and William A. Hunt

2012 – Richard E. Barrow, Frank M. Cater, James S.M. French and W.S. “Billy Newell

2011 — Robert E. Almon, Jim Anthony, Daniel D. Bennett, the late

Norman Walton, Sr.

2010 — James Floyd Pate, Sr., Major L. Holland, Richard Saliba and Glenn Bishop

2009 — D. Riley Stuart, Joseph P. Giattina Jr. and Henry T. Hagood Jr.

2008 — The late Benjamin Hogan Craig, Jr.,William W. Herrin, the late J.V. Rives, Jr., Charles H. Sain and Norman Walton, Jr.

2007 — Bill Harbert, W.K. Upchurch, Jr., and the late Bill Caton, Sr.

2006 — Houston Brice, Sr., Hugh Daniel and John Harbert

2005 — John Caddell

2004 — M. Miller Gorrie

2003 — Winton “Red” Blount

2002 — George Edwards

2001 — The late D.W. “Bill” Ellard, Paul B. Krebs, Nicholas H. Holmes Jr.

The Alabama AGC established the ACHOF to honor and recognize outstanding individuals in the construction industry. These individuals are held in esteem by their peers and have demonstrated their professionalism through active support of the industry through their civic and community involvement. In short, only those who have literally changed the landscape of our state and nation will be enshrined in the ACHOF.

One must have served the Alabama or Florida construction industry – as a general contractor, a specialty contractor or supplier, an architect or an engineer – for at least 25 years to be eligible for the hall of fame.

Nominated for induction into the ACHOF during the 2015 BuildSouth Awards Banquet in January are:

Gerald “Gerry” V. Anderson, Jr. – Anderson Construction

Mr. Anderson is a third-generation contractor and has worked in the construction industry for more than 50 years. In 1964, he co-founded Anderson Construction Company and has helped build the company from a used pickup truck with a borrowed wheelbarrow into a multi-million dollar corporation. Like many small contractors, Mr. Anderson has worn many hats in his career – starting as an apprentice carpenter in 1958, working as a field supervisor and progressing to estimating and project management roles before becoming a corporate officer. Throughout his career, Mr. Anderson has been involved in the construction of more than 150 buildings in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida and has truly shaped the landscape of our region.

Uday R. Bhate – Bhate Geosciences Corp.

With more than 40 years of experience in designing and managing large complex geotechnical and construction materials engineering projects, Mr. Bhate is best known for practical and cost-effective solutions to difficult site and subsurface engineering problems. Mr. Bhate has served as principal on more than 10,000 construction projects, many of which have been fast-track, where design and construction activities occurred simultaneously. Project sizes have ranged from small to in excess of $3 billion. He founded Bhate Geosciences Corp. in 1973.

Don Brown – Brown Studio Architecture

Mr. Brown founded Brown Studio Architecture in Montgomery more than 30 years ago. His firm has completed more than 2,000 projects valued at more than $1 billion. Brown’s education includes art history at Williams College and the Auburn University School of Architecture, where he has also served as an assistant professor and chaired the Architecture School’s advisory council. He has served as chair of the Montgomery Historic Development Commission, the Alabama Architectural Foundation, and the Alabama Council on the Arts and Humanities. He served as ArchiPAC chair from 2008 through 2010 and developed a strategic plan for national political outreach and tactical engagement for the AIA.    

John Downs – Qualico Steel Co., Inc.

Mr. Downs founded Qualico Steel in 1976 to provide quality structural steel fabrication and erection to owners and general contractors primarily on small commercial projects within a 100-mile radius. He quickly made a name for prompt service, honesty and quality. In 1984, he started a planned growth process and concentrated his efforts on medium-sized commercial and industrial projects throughout the Southeastern United States. From that success, Qualico has grown into a major structural steel manufacturer of medium-to-large industrial and commercial projects, specializing in fast-track projects and high labor specialty fabrication and painting. Qualico’s services include complete engineering, efficient fabrication and top-of-the-line blasting and cleaning in a 474,000-square-foot facility.

James Calvin Harbison – Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Mr. Harbison grew up in Walker County and graduated from Walker High School before coming to Birmingham to enter the construction industry. He began work in the carpentry trade and his ability and leadership were soon recognized and he moved rapidly ip the line from apprentice to carpenter to lead man to foreman to superintendent. Mr. Harbison joined Brasfield & Gorrie in 1969 and Brasfield Chairman Miller Gorrie referred to Mr. Harbison as the “most exciting hire I ever made.” In 1977 Mr. Harbison became general superintendent. Said Mr. Gorrie: “For over 40 years of his active construction career, there was no person in the construction industry in Alabama with more integrity and competence and having the respect of all individuals at all levels than James.”

David Hare – B.L. Harbert International

Mr. Hare has been known to start his day with boots in the dirt consulting a site superintendent, then lead a lunch and learn on safety best practices, then finish the day flying to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for our industry’s best interests.  From humble roots, Mr. Hare has helped revitalize construction trades as a viable and respectable profession and has restored the pride in safety and workmanship that is essential for our industry to remain strong and influential. In his 44 years in the industry, Mr. Hare has led, inspired, educated and built across the state and nation. He has literally changed the landscape of Alabama.  Mr. Hare joined B.L. Harbert International in 2000, where he is vice president and general superintendent.

Ralph A. Hargrove – Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Mr. Hargrove’s reputation for quality work and his dedication to building relationships led several potential clients to encourage Ralph to start a technical services business. In 1995, he first opened shop in the attic of his home in Mobile, Alabama, with only a handful of employees. As business opportunities steadily increased, he realized there was a need in the Mobile industrial community not only for specialized technical services, but also for quality engineering and project management services. He positioned his firm to provide services for small projects, retrofits, incremental automation improvements and turnarounds – work that the larger competitors largely ignored. As Hargrove Engineers + Constructors grew, it maintained its reputation for being the “right people, in the right place, at the right time.” Because Hargrove upheld its dedication to completing projects with quality, speed and professionalism, the company began to be awarded more and more major capital, turnkey and multi-discipline projects and is now regarded as one of Alabama’s largest privately-held companies.

As the president and president of the board of this employee-owned company, Ralph has made it his personal mission to ensure leadership is developed and encouraged throughout the company and that every project – no matter how large or small – is handled with the utmost attention to safety, quality, communication, and meeting scope, schedule, and budget expectations.

The late Ben M. Radcliff, Sr. – Ben M. Radcliff Contractor, Inc.

Mr. Radcliff was a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) where he received degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering.  He was the founder and Chairman of the Board of Ben M. Radcliff Contracting, a company he founded in 1956 which specializes in commercial and industrial construction. Mr. Radcliff was a tremendous asset to the construction industry in Mobile for over 51 years.  Mr. Radcliff was a Past President and founding member of the Mobile Chapter, AGC.  He was involved in numerous civic and mystic organizations throughout his career and gave generously of his time and efforts.

William K. Whitesell, Jr. – Whitesell-Green, Inc.

Mr. Whitesell graduated from High Point High School in High Point, NC in 1958. He graduated from North Carolina State with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Whitesell and his partner, Ralph Green, founded Whitesell-Green in 1970. WGI has more than 40 years of public/private construction and design-build contracting experience throughout the Southeast, having built more than 400 heavy/commercial projects WGI is licensed to perform construction in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. Mr. Whitesell served as president of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the AGC in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He was president of the Florida AGC Council in 1979. He also has served on the AGCA Federal Heavy Division Committee since 1994. He also serves at the national level on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Committee, the NAVFAC Committee and is a Life Director.