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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.

A complete list of award winners from our 2017 BuildSouth Awards Banquet

Excellence in Safety Awards

-Barlovento, LLC
-WESCO Gas & Welding Supply, Inc.,
-B Electric

Community Development Awards

S & S Sprinkler Company, LLC
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.


AGC Shoals Section
SafePlace
Florence, 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.

Grayson Construction, LLC
Brother Bryan Mission Dining Hall and Kitchen Renovations
Birmingham, 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 Projects
Montgomery 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.

 

Business Development Award

Bostic Trucking & Excavation, Inc

Henry T. Hagood Associate of the Year

Robin Short of Jackson Thrornton

Specialty Contractor, New

Moon Construction Services, Huntsville
Academy for Academics and Arts Theater Addition, Huntsville

The Academy for Academics and Arts needed a 500-seat auditorium that would double as a storm shelter. Tilt-up wall panels were the most economical but space between an existing structure and a row of mature trees was extremely limited. Concrete wall panels 46-feet tall and 12-feet wide were formed and poured the within the theater footers. Lifting each 120,000-pound panel required a 500-ton crane to reposition after almost every placement. Before the fourth wall was cast and placed, steel was erected, the orchestra pit was excavated, and slabs were poured. The massive steel roof structure was mounted to the top of the panels using embeds and welded bar joists. Precision forming on the wall panels created intricate reveals that resemble spotlights above the theater lobby, and door openings placed between concrete panels. The team created a shelter suitable for 1,300 people but also realized cost savings that allowed for other improvements to the academy.

 

Design Build, New

Caddell Construction, Montgomery
UAV Drone Complex, Ft. Bragg, NC

The new design-build, state-of-the-art Unaccompanied Aircraft Vehicle hangar and runway complex for the Army's Special Forces at Camp Mackall-Fort Bragg is among the most sophisticated of its kind in the world. Runways on the airfield continued to operate while paving a 13-inch concrete slab, 8 inches of drainage, and 8 inches of gravel along a new 5,000-foot runway. A 56,000-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building was erected as a primary hangar. New specifications for strength, smoothness, and slope of the hangar floor required a machine capable of paving an extra-thick, high-viscosity concrete mixture inside the hangar. But there was no room. The solution was a concrete pour from an on-site batch plant; meticulously hand smoothing each section pour, and constantly measuring floor smoothness and slope. The addition of a state-of-the-art fire suppression system and five new Ground Data Terminal Platforms provide the Army with everything required for the subtle control of the military's most advanced attack and surveillance drones.

 

Building Construction, New

Ben M. Radcliff Contractor, Mobile
Grand Bay Welcome Center, Grand Bay

Demolition on the 20-acre site included the relocation of artillery shells, monuments and other historical elements from the old buildings. The old facility also relied on three large sewage lagoons. This was the largest closing and draining of their type in Alabama. To protect surrounding waterways from runoff and erosion, multiple protections were used, such as contouring of grades, silt fencing, and sodding after storms. The new 12,000-square-foot facility was constructed with precast columns, stucco, sculpted brick, metal roofing, terrazzo flooring, and glazing. Features include bronze sea life statues located on the main plaza and marine-themed terrazzo floor in the main lobby. Structural, glazed-tile masonry units were colorized off site so they required no further finishing but provided hurricane resistance for the project. The welcome center contains numerous communications and technological features such as ALDOT provided Wi-Fi, making this project a crown jewel of welcome centers across the state of Alabama.

 

International, New

BL Harbert International, LLC Birmingham, AL
U.S. Embassy Compound, Rabat, Morocco

One of the biggest challenges of the U.S. Embassy Compound in Rabat, Morocco, was constructing the three-story Chancery Building partially underground. Due to height limitations, more than 327,200-cubic-yards of material were excavated, structural work started, and 118,000-cubic-yards of backfill material returned to the site. Once in place, a three-dimensional model helped coordinate installation and tie-ins of underground utilities. Located three miles from the city center, the compound had to complement the surrounding Moroccan architecture with monochrome zellij tile work, native plants, and local stone coping that was quarried, cut, and polished within 100-miles of the site. Inside the Chancery Building is an open area that extends from the basement to the roof, with curtainwall on both sides. Bridges connect the north bar spaces to the west bar spaces at each level. The compound also includes two underground parking garages, a Marine Security Guard terrace and a basketball court. Design and construction professionals from 17 different countries worked on the project, which recently achieved LEED Gold certification. It serves as a symbol of the continuing partnership between the United States and Morocco.

 

Construction Management, New

Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC Birmingham, AL
Coca-Cola Sales and Distribution Center
Chattanooga, TN

The first bottles of Coke were produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and 115 years later the company broke ground on a new Sales and Distribution facility. The facility was built on a 42-acre site surrounded by water on three sides that required a phased retention pond system to control storm water run-off throughout construction. Shrinkage-compensating concrete was used in the 231,000-square-foot warehouse, 40,000-square-foot office area, 59 loading docks, the wash bay and the print shop. Infrastructure improvements included the management of TOOT work on the Interstate-53 overpass bridge, the interstate ramps, and city roads. Construction scheduling was phased to match permitting and design so that delivery of state-of-the-art conveying equipment could be set. Moving such a fluid business without down time was a challenge, but all project milestone dates and a final completion date were met. In addition, the project was $1.3 million under budget and without loss of service to over 6,400 customers.

 

Design Build, Renovation Under $5 Million

Rives Construction Company, lnc. Birmingham, AL
Cahaba Brewing House & Taproom Birmingham, AL

Cahaba Brewing Company expanded operations by renovating a 21,000-square-foot building that opened in 1926 to manufacture cotton gins and was then retrofitted during World War II for the production of Naval warheads. Many of the original structures like overhead doors and skylights bring natural light to this state-of-the-art brew house and taproom facility. The exposed steel structure was cleaned and painted, the brick facade was restored, and torched reclaimed wood was repurposed for the walls and bar of the Taproom. Other original components like pop riveted steel in the structural connections had to be investigated by engineers and the contractor to ensure the structural integrity of the steel had not been altered throughout the years. Many of the state-of-the-art mechanical and plumbing systems for the brewing equipment had never been used in the state of Alabama. The custom-built brew house equipment was fabricated in Wisconsin and is the only American-made brewing equipment used by any brewery in Alabama. Transforming the vacant commercial building into a community asset won the 2016 Merit Award in Adaptive Reuse from the American Institute of Architects’ Birmingham Chapter.

 

Construction Management, Renovation Under $5 Million

Martin & Cobey Construction Co., Inc. Athens, AL
Limestone County Courthouse Athens, AL

The 1916 Limestone County Courthouse was the site of Judge Horton’s historic decision about the "Scottsboro Boys." Building upgrades and courtroom expansions required an onsite office for supervision across six different bid packages and three project phases. Staging was critical as the closest lay down area was two blocks away and courthouse activity was ongoing. Nonetheless, masonry walls that supported the floor system were replaced with scaffold shoring, new hand-dug footings, and structural steel columns and beams. Ground penetrating radar was used to locate the existing concrete floor joists to position new plumbing and conduits. The building was upgraded with state-of-the-art HVAC, electrical, data, and communication systems. Close coordination with the commission allowed a tax savings on materials, while all of the existing wood trim was removed, refinished, and reinstalled. Together the community saved a treasured piece of history that now better serves the public.

 

Building Construction, Renovation Under $5 million

B. H. Craig Construction Company, Inc. Florence, Alabama
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio Renovations Sheffield, Alabama

The address 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Alabama was all that identified the structure when the studio's first artist, Cher, recorded there. Renovation of the iconic studios Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was critical to stabilize the building and return it to a working recording studio. Demolition began with the original control booth glass, lights, acoustical wall panels signed by various recording artists, and other pieces of equipment. To correct the leaking roof, trusses were shored at center span, 14-inch LVL beams were installed, and a new PVC membrane was applied. In the basement a joist was added to take the swag out of the floor where a grand piano set. The renovations were aided by world-renowned studio designer, Michael Cronin, and funded by Dr. Dre and his partner Jimmy Iovine of Beats Electronics. The birthplace of "The Swampers" has been brought back to life for fans and a new generation of musicians.

 

Highway Construction, Renovation Under

Dunn Construction Company, Inc. Birmingham, AL
1-459/US-11/Edwards Lake Road Interchange Improvements Jefferson County, AL

The I-459/US-11/Edwards Lake Road interchange was a major intersection with high traffic volumes that resulted in bottlenecking, frequent near misses, and collisions. ALDOT decided widening each of the roadways would allow traffic to flow more freely during times of high volume. Lanes were added on each roadway in each direction. In addition, one lane was added on both the on-ramp and the off-ramp to Interstate 459. Allowing vehicles to continuously advance, make turns, and merge with traffic now creates a more even flow of traffic and reduces congestion. Open Graded Friction Course was used for permeability and drainage during wet weather. The material reduces the dangers of splash, spray, and overall maintenance. Multiple traffic control crews were on the project at all times and resulted in a total recordable incidence rate of zero over the 45,200 man-hours on the project. The project has received awards from both the National Asphalt Paving Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama.

 

Highway Construction, Renovation

Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc. Montgomery, AL
Perry Co. SR-5, 99-305-535-005-401 Perry County, AL

Alabama State Route 5 in Perry County is a research project to develop recommendations for building roads in the "prairie soils" of Alabama's Black Belt. A partnership between the Alabama Department of Transportation's Materials and Tests Bureau and Auburn University tested 12 sections of road, each constructed by specialized subcontractors using non-typical roadway methods. The Sand Blanket Section included a geotextile encapsulated drainage layer connected to an outfall system. The Lime Columns Section included hundreds of tons of lime and asphalt patching installed in approximately 8,000 engineered holes through the roadbed. In the Vertical Moisture section, a quarter-mile-long treated fabric had to be hung and backfilled continuously along the shoulder. Each section was leveled and over-laid with an asphalt wearing surface that met specifications for line, grade, and slope. Embedded instrumentation coupled with wireless collection allowed every aspect of the project to be viewed in real time at an Auburn University over 130 miles away. This endeavor will produce valuable insight on roadways that will benefit Alabama for years to come.

 

Hall of Fame Inductees

James Rein
BL Harbert International

James Rein is a South Africa native who traveled abroad to earn advanced degrees in Civil Engineering, Soil Mechanics, and Construction Management from some of the most prestigious universities in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was at Stanford University where he met David Dixon, son of Harbert Construction Company co-founder Ed Dixon. Mr. Rein also met Bill and John Harbert, who in 1978 offered him a position with the company. He migrated to Birmingham, Alabama, and began a long career working domestically on iconic projects like the Riverchase Galleria, the Wells Fargo Tower, and Harbert Plaza. In 2000, Mr. Rein became Executive Vice President and CEO of BL Harbert International. Under his leadership the business achieved monumental milestones, yet Mr. Rein attributed each achievement to the people around him. These teams adopted the core values set forth by Mr. Rein in his “Guiding Principals,” and continue following them even today. After 35 years, Mr. Rein retired at the end of 2014. He was President and COO, a registered Professional Engineer, a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a board member of the UAB Civil Engineering Advisory Board and Gulf Standard Energy.

See his induction video here >

 

The Late Benjamin Moore Radcliff
Ben M. Radcliff Contractor, Inc.

The late Ben M. Radcliff, Sr., was founder and Chairman of the Board of Ben M. Radcliff Contractor, Inc. Prior to that, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a Civil and Mechanical Engineering graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, known today as Auburn University. He founded his own construction company in 1956 with humble beginnings but a grand vision. As his commercial and industrial construction company grew, it helped elevate the City of Mobile into a major port of commerce in the heart of the central Gulf Coast. Mr. Radcliff was a tremendous asset to the construction industry in many other ways. He was a past president and founding member of the Mobile Section of the Associated General Contractors of America. In 1963 the section was incorporated and a year later Mr. Radcliff served as President. He gave generously of his time and efforts in numerous civic organizations until his passing at the age of 82. His son Ben Radcliff, Jr., continues his legacy as company President and an active member of professional and civic organizations in the Mobile area. We honor a life dedicated to making Mobile, South Alabama, and the construction industry better places to live and work.

See his induction video here >

 

D. Dale York, PE, SECB, FACEC
LBYD Civil & Structural Engineers

D. Dale York is Immediate Past President and Senior Principal of LBYD Civil & Structural Engineers. He has worked on over 650 projects throughout his 37-year career. His career started with a Bachelors and a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Still today, Mr. York supports his alma mater by serving on the Civil Engineering Industry Liaison Council and as Chairman of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. Mr. York took extra time to support his profession as an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Alabama, the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the American Concrete Institute. He’s impacted the practice of engineering in many ways. Mr. York was selected as a member of the State’s Alabama Building Code Study Commission and an arm of the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Mr. York also contributed his expertise in multiple leadership positions. He served as State Representative for the National Council of Structural Engineers Association, the National Director and President of the American Consulting Engineers Council of Alabama, the President of the Coalition of American Structural Engineers’ Alabama Chapter, and the Director of the American Concrete Institute’s Central-Alabama Chapter. He was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013.

See his induction video here >

Ty Cole, AIA
Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio, Inc.

Ty Cole is Senior Vice President of Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio, Inc. in Bessemer, Alabama. Mr. Cole is originally from Muncie, Indiana, but his family lived in several Midwest and East Coast cities like Indianapolis, Cleveland, and New York. He received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design at Ball State University. After college he went to work with the firm of Giattina, Fisher, Aycock. He remained with the company his entire career, spanning over 28 years. Over that time Mr. Cole has mastered the nuances of construction in several specialized fields including government offices, healthcare facilities, and municipal services. Mr. Cole focuses on the end-users in all phases of a project from master planning to design development. His passion for the profession inspires him to be involved in professional and civic activities. This includes his active involvement in the American Institute of Architects at the national, state and local levels. On the local level, he has been a member of the Birmingham Chapter since 1984 and has served a term as president. He is currently a councilor for the organization, serves on several committees, and is a founding member of the Birmingham Architectural Foundation. His leadership in and vision for the construction industry has lead to multiple developmental programs for the next generation of professionals.

See his induction video here >

 

Scholarship Award Winners

Charleston David Tisdale
Four Year Scholarship Winner

Charleston David Tisdale is an honor student at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama. He is also on the high school’s yearbook staff as the coordinator of advertising. Tisdale makes time to participate in other school-related and community activities like the varsity baseball team, the Relay for Life, and the Miracle League. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and was an attendee of the 2014 National Young Leaders State Conference. Tisdale’s varied interests and talents also led him to join Whaley Construction Company, Inc. in 2015, where he works as a safety director. He intends to graduate high school this May and go on to Troy University in pursuit of a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Alabama AGC is excited to invest in the future of this impressive young man.

Kyle D. Bowman, Sr.
Two Year Scholarship Winner

Kyle D. Bowman, Sr. graduated from Pell City High School in 1990. Bowman joined Goodgame Company, Inc. after graduation, and has remained an employee of the company for over 16 years now. Bowman started his career in the company’s shop and learned all the aspects of welding, fabrication, and millwright work. Because of his responsible nature and ability to lead by example, Kyle is now a shop foreman. While working at Goodgame Company, he enrolled in Jefferson State Community College to further build his career in the field of Building and Construction Science. His proven ability to maintain safety standards and track the progress of multiple projects has made him a successful supervisor in a construction company. We talked with Bowman to learn more about him and his aspirations. When asked about what being a part of the construction industry means to him, Bowman said, “I love being able to provide for my family while also being part of something bigger. Meeting new people, overcoming new challenges, and inventing newer, safer ways to better the construction industry are some of the reasons construction has stuck with me all my life. When you love what you do it's not about the paycheck. It's about the relationships and achievements you make along the way.” We also asked Bowman about someone who has been an inspiration to him in the construction industry, and he pointed to his father as being his greatest mentor. Bowman said, “He started working me at a young age in our family's brick mason business which started my interest in the industry. He taught me valuable life lessons such as treating the customer fairly, exceeding expectations, and exhausting all resources to ensure customer satisfaction.” The Alabama AGC is excited to play a role in the ongoing evolution of Kyle Bowman’s exciting career.