Ten contractors from across the Alabama AGC chapter were honored with BuildSouth Awards at the 18th BuildSouth Awards Banquet on Jan. 15 at The Club. Judges recognized projects in 11 categories located in Alabama to Abuja, Nigeria, as the most outstanding completed in 2015.
The BuildSouth Awards competition is open to all Alabama AGC full and specialty contractor members. Projects are awarded in building construction, design/build, highway construction, international, construction management, heavy industrial construction and municipal utilities construction.
BuildSouth Projects are judged on multiple criteria, including:
· Meeting the challenge of a difficult job
· Excellence in project management
· Innovation in construction techniques or materials
· State-of-the-art advancement
· Sensitivity to environment and surroundings
· Contractor’s contribution to the community
Specialty Contractor, New
The Alberta School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
The EF-4 tornado that devastated a large portion of the City of Tuscaloosa in 2011 left a 12.5-acre lot where a school once stood. The site has been reconstructed as The Alberta School of Performing Arts. This 28 million dollar educational facility features 134,000 square feet of multi-purpose performance space, classrooms, technology labs, music rooms, a dance studio, an outdoor theater and a theater classroom. Electrical construction required a 2500 amp service with almost 30 distribution panels. These distribution panels served power for energy efficient LED lighting, receptacles for general purpose and for specific equipment, fire alarm systems, rooftop HVAC units, control wiring and performance stage lighting and control. The project allowed an opportunity to share in the rebuilding of the community, with a focus on providing a quality installation the school and the community could be proud of far into the future.
Specialty Contractor, New
David Allen Company, Inc., Birmingham
Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Grandview Medical Center requires a tranquil environment for doctors, patients, and employees. To achieve that, sweeping bands of neutral color cover 36,000 square feet of flooring with designs that align with the details in the 30-foot ceiling above. Laser technology guaranteed accuracy while mobile technology tracked changes on field drawings and streamlined communication. Terrazzo was selected for its high volume of recycled content and durability. The staircase in the main lobby features intricate terrazzo-tread risers and handcrafted mitered cap pieces, and custom-made terrazzo column wraps surround the lower portion of twelve massive columns. Over 38,000 square feet of tile was placed in the public restrooms, patient rooms, doctor's lounges and locker rooms. On walls where thinner mosaic tiles were incorporated with much thicker tiles, the walls were floated to maintain a seamless vertical transition. The flooring at Grandview was carefully crafted to reflect the facility’s prominence as one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the nation.
Design Build, New
Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham
Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility Central Utility Plant, Mobile, Alabama
Airbus selected Mobile, Alabama as the location for its U.S. Manufacturing Facility, where its A320-series aircrafts will be assembled. The new campus required a Central Utility Plant able to provide electricity, chilled water, heating water, compressed air, domestic water, firewater and central discharge of sanitary sewer. The facility was turned over in only 12 months even though roof installation was affected by Alabama’s 2014 winter storm. Time was saved though pull-planning for critical dates, BIM technology, and preassembled piping and ductwork. Increasing deep foundations was more efficient than the original cast-in-place concrete work. Foundation redesigns also mitigated the project soil conditions affecting the build. Aboveground cooling towers and drilled displacement piles were used instead of auger cast piles. This design-build project was completed on time and achieved a LEED Gold rating. More importantly, it now provides the utilities required to complete the rest of the buildings on the Airbus campus.
Heavy Industrial Construction, New
Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham
Airbus Final Assembly Line Service Building and Logistics Center, Mobile, Alabama
The Airbus Final Assembly Line Service Building and the Logistics Center are at the heart of the company’s new campus in Mobile, Alabama, which is responsible for assembling its A320 series aircraft. This project included all of the structural concrete, fire protection systems, data and communications networks, architectural work, specialty hydraulics, pop-up utility pedestals, aircraft hangar doors and the production flooring systems. Flooring tolerances were tight to accommodate aircraft jigs and tool foundations, as well as sensitive air cushion equipment, which move large components across the floor. Conduits beneath the production slab houses piping for water, power, data, and more. They required a shoring system to be installed below the hangar trusses after the trusses were in place. Computer generated BIM models and mobile workstations coordinated work to meet the contract milestones. This project was extremely technical and fast-paced but also an important project to Mobile and the aviation industry.
Building Construction, Renovation Under $5 Million
Doster Construction, Birmingham
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Fayetteville, Arkansas
The HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital project in Fayetteville, Arkansas, added 20 beds and 11,000 square feet to the hospital and also demonstrated how creative management can address restrictions and design changes. The site had a dead end created by the new building and left no room for a drive loop, so a turnaround was created to give the city fire department unimpeded access around the property. Just feet away from the site were buried fiber optic transmission cables, high-pressure gas and water mains. The easement prevented an onsite storm detention system until the team redesigned the system to fit underneath the new parking lot. Selecting native plants and trees, revising the control and lighting packages, and finding alternative electrical materials kept the project within budget. To stay on schedule, a BIM process was used, multiple areas were started simultaneously, and Trimble's Prolog software was used on tablets in the field. The building was delivered on time and with a high level of quality.
BL Harbert, Birmingham
U.S. Embassy Compound, Abuja, Nigeria
The U.S. Embassy Compound in Abuja, Nigeria was expanded to include a recreation facility, marine security guard residence, support annex, three-level underground parking structure, and five-level parking garage. Existing parking was located on the site of a new building and the embassy canteen was located over the main storm water outfall. Nonetheless, embassy work had to continue during construction. Over 400 containers filled with materials and tools were shipped from Birmingham, Alabama. The hydraulic crusher used for demolition was the first of its kind in Nigeria. Likewise, the off-shutter stained concrete exterior was made with a concrete batch plant, formworks and tools imported from the U.S. The project was awarded a LEED Gold certification because of features like a photovoltaic panel array. The success of the project can also be measured by local workforce development. Approximately 46 skilled third-country-nationals trained over 900 Nigerians. This team represented 14 different countries and completed the project three months ahead of schedule.
Design Build, Renovation
Caddell Construction, Montgomery
Pacific Air Command Headquarters, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Hickam Hotel was a soldier barrack that took 27 direct hits during the massive Japanese offensive on Pearl Harbor. The building survived and became the Pacific Air Command Headquarters. Four joint venture partners worked on the building renovation: Caddell Construction Company, Nan, Inc., Manson and Samsung; all who completed the work in phase 4. The work is expected to receive an outstanding government project evaluation because of how historic elements and government security were handled. Physical damage to the building from bullets and shrapnel was preserved as "historic scars." Inside, vital mission activities continued as one-of-a-kind quarry floor and wall tiles were painstakingly removed, cleaned and reinstalled. Military personnel operated as cutting-edge security, communications technology, and new maximum-security spaces were installed. Enhancements completed in phase 4, like Electromagnetic Interference Shielding, make the Pacific Air Command Headquarters one of the most sophisticated military command and control centers in the world.
Building Construction, New
Hurst Construction, LLC, Oxford
Live Fire Shoot House, Alexandria, Alabama
The Live Fire Shoot House on Pelham Range in Alexandria, Alabama, is one of the largest, to-scale facilities of its kind. The site includes a 100-meter firing range and 14 firing lanes. The site also includes a covered mess shelter, an ammunition breakdown building, a training mockup of the Live Fire Shoot House and a 50-foot sniper tower. Training and reviews can be done using a target interface system of cameras and a multi-media, after-action review and operations building. The Live Fire Shoot House has four stories, twenty rooms, and two corridors to allow training in rappelling, window breaching, helicopter operations and more. Some interior walls have pivoting capabilities to create multiple interior configurations. AR-500 panels and Dura-Panels make the walls impenetrable by live rounds or projectiles. Work was done collaboratively with National Guard personnel, the architect and engineers in order to complete this one-of-a-kind project expected to serve as a blueprint for future projects around the country.
Construction Management, New
WAR Construction, Tuscaloosa
Alberta Elementary School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
The Alberta Elementary School was completely decimated by a violent EF-4 tornado in 2011. Even though recreating the school involved demolition, site clearing and prep, and new foundation work in the middle of winter, construction of the entire facility was completed in 12 months. The new school was expanded and reconstructed as a performing arts center. The school includes a theater, dance rooms, music rooms, art studios and a basketball gymnasium. An entire classroom wing was constructed as tornado-safe space. Traditional concrete foundations and reinforced CMU walls are topped off with a ceiling made of hollow core planks and a four-inch slab. This allows the ceiling to also double as the floor of the classrooms above. A state-of-the-art mechanical system uses variable refrigerant fan coils, energy recovery units and controls that are adjustable over the Internet. Lighting systems are also fully automated and programmable. The project achieved a LEED Silver certification, one of only two schools in the state to reach that milestone.
Highway Construction, New
H.O. Weaver and Sons, Inc., Mobile
Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile, Alabama
The Mobile Downtown Airport is the site of commercial and military flights. Building Taxiway “A” eliminated a runway intersection “hotspot” for the planes. Clearing the 50-acre site started with demolition of the existing pavements, lighting and signage. The underlying topography of the land was bowl-shaped, so soil stabilizers, select fill and crushed aggregate had to be added. 3D machine controls created a true surface model and guided pavers, which created the desired surface. New pavements, airfield lighting, a jet blast deflector fence, a fire suppression utility line and drainage pipes were also installed. Runoff water during construction was muddy, so to help sediment settle out, a Riprap Check Dam collected runoff water that was pumped through a series of silt fences and then the surrounding grasses. The filtered water returned to the creek cleaned in compliance with storm water regulations. This critical safety improvement protected the environment while promoting operational volume and maneuverability.
Highway Construction, Renovation
Dunn Construction, Birmingham
Interstate 59, Jefferson County, Alabama
The Interstate 59 Project was done to rehabilitate the concrete medians and bridges, as well as overlay a new surface on the roadway. The innovative open graded friction course surface allows many advantages including draining water during wet weather. That reduces splash and spray and increases the bond between vehicle tires and the roadway. Work was done 24 hours a day to complete the concrete grinding, asphalt milling and paving, pavement scoring, striping and signage. Over 150,000 vehicles use interstate 59 each day, so traffic patterns were studied before the start of the project to ensure safe working conditions in such a high-traffic area. Dedicated traffic control teams made sure working teams were as protected as possible at all times. The project was completed 228 days ahead of schedule with a total recordable incidence rate of zero, which earned the project an award from the National Asphalt Paving Association.