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.

2017 BuildSouth Community Development Awards

Members of Alabama AGC - Shoals Section

Florence, Alabama

SafePlaceFlorence, Alabama

The Shoals Section of Alabama AGC has been building a relationship with SafePlace, Inc. over many years. SafePlace is the only domestic violence program in a six-county region of northwest Alabama. The organization works to meet a growing need for shelter, domestic violence counseling, court advocacy services, prevention education, and abuser intervention. When Safeplace faced a huge construction challenge, members of the Shoals Section of Alabama AGC made several improvements to the facilities. Exterior repairs were made to the stucco systems and new exterior lighting was installed in the playground area to allow supervised kids to play safely outside after dark. Inside, bedroom walls were rejuvenated with fresh coasts of paint and bed bumpers. An overflow area for abused men was constructed and the existing restroom was reconfigured to allow a secure shower area separate from the women and children’s area. The Helpline Office was reconfigured into an efficient work area and major renovations were concentrated in the kitchen. New Centiva flooring, cabinets, a stove exhaust system, granite countertops, lighting, and a serving counter were installed. Up to four families can now prepare their own meals at one time. Florence's Emergency Solutions Grant helped fund most of the renovations and the members of the Shoals Section supplied the matching money through donations of time and labor. SafePlace exemplifies a welcoming, respectful, safe space for families seeking refuge and this project exemplifies what it means to be involved in the community.


S&S Sprinkler Company LLC

Mobile, Alabama

Fired Up, Inc., Mobile and Baldwin Counties

The employees of S&S Sprinkler Company, Lewis Capital Management, LLC, Prichard Dewberry & Hodges, PC, and many other volunteers came together to give back to families in need by doing something they love, cooking BBQ ribs. They formed Fired UP and hoped to cook once a quarter, but the popularity of the ribs and needs of the community demanded cooking twice a month. The cooked ribs are sold by charities to raise money and to date, Fired UP has cooked over 9,000 slabs to raise more than $270,000. Fired UP averages 15 benefits per year to show just how important this nonprofit has become to the Mobile and Baldwin County communities. Local corporations were sought out to support the Fired UP mission by sponsoring a banner flown proudly at each benefit. Six corporations stepped forward to keep the group going. In 2017, the group will have 8 corporate sponsors, which will allow them to continue to cook each benefit for free. Each benefit gives people a chance to discuss those in need and to donate. The ribs raise more than awareness, they raise spirits of the people going through difficult times.


Grayson Construction, LLC Vestavia, AL

Brother Bryan Mission Dining Hall and Kitchen RenovationsBirmingham, AL

The Grayson Construction team heard first-hand from Craig Westbrook how the Brother Bryan Mission serves economically, emotionally, and spiritually impoverished men. It is the oldest rescue mission in Birmingham and its original dining hall and kitchen could not keep pace with growing demand, which ultimately forced the men to eat in shifts. The mission purchased the building next door with a vision to use it for additional food preparation, storage, and cooking, but plans were on hold until additional funds could be found. Determined to provide the construction services within the mission’s budget, Grayson Construction estimated the work with a “credit” for overhead, personnel, and other costs. The renovated dining area was enlarged to set 100 people. The kitchen was remodeled into a restaurant-sized area able to accommodate over 40,000 meals per year. More importantly, the project has raised awareness of the importance of the on-going work of the Brother Bryan Mission.


Caddell Construction Company Montgomery, AL

Community Service ProjectsMontgomery River Region and other project locations

Caddell Construction Company has contributed financial and volunteer support of the area’s most iconic programs, including the Montgomery Symphony, the Montgomery Zoo, and the Children’s Literacy Program. Caddell Construction is a founding member of the 1995 Rebuilding Together initiative, which rehabilitates substandard housing. The company was the first corporate sponsor of the Montgomery Area Council on Aging. It was also a founding member of the annual Dragon Boat Race & Festival which has raised money for charities since 2009. Caddell Construction directly assists the Reality & Truth faith-based meal service and supports its employees who dedicate their time to the Meals-On-Wheels program. Employees work on the Nehemiah Center Community Garden, and are encouraged to make a charitable donation for Dress Down Day, which is held on the first Monday of each month. The Caddell team travels with the belief that they should improve the areas they touch, so communities near major Caddell Construction work sites also receive support for the elderly, the physically challenged, children at risk, service men and women, and victims of natural disasters.