Carolinas Construction Leaders Receive Top Honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Carolinas Associated General Contractors (AGC) announces the winners of its 2008 Pinnacle Awards for outstanding achievement in commercial construction.

Best General Contractor

Frank L. Blum Construction Co., Winston-Salem, NC

Frank L. Blum is an $80 million firm targeting markets of healthcare, education, retirement communities, and religious and not-for-profit facilities. Judges gave the firm top marks in subcontractor relations and contribution to industry & community, and noted its exemplary treatment of employees. Last year Frank L. Blum won a Pinnacle Award for Best Building Project — the Single Sisters House in Old Salem, NC.

Best Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor

Clark Pavement Marking, Inc., Apex, NC

Clark Pavement Marking, Inc., is a 20-year-old, $9 million firm specializing in pavement markers and pavement marking and sealing across North and South Carolina. Judges cited input from general contractors and the firm's longstanding emphasis on safety and employee development, as well as its commitment to the advancement of new technologies.

Best Supplier/Service Company

Dennis Corporation, Columbia, SC

Dennis Corporation is a 3-year-old civil engineering, surveying and construction management firm. It has grown to about $4.5 million in that short time with 4 offices in addition to its Columbia home base. Customers attributed the firm's fast growth to the consistently outstanding quality of its work.

Best Building Project (2 Awards Given)

Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC

GC: Linbeck Construction Corporation, Spartanburg, SC

The 87,000-square-feet Chapman Cultural Center houses a dance center, art and pottery studios, science center, reptile room, 500-seat auditorium, art and history museums, gift shop, and offices. Linbeck was credited with regularly identifying & presenting savings opportunities as they occurred. The result was an ever-changing and evolving design, right up to the on-schedule completion.

NC Center for Advancement of Teaching, Ocracoke, NC

GC: D.S. Simmons, Inc., Goldsboro, NC

This $8 million project challenged DS Simmons to completely renovate a World War II-era Coast Guard Station located on the remote Ocracoke Island, accessible only by plane or boat. Among other challenges, the hardest was the sheer remoteness of this job site.

Best Highway-Heavy Project

NC 12 Bridge Replacements, Ocracoke Island, NC

Contractor: Carolina Bridge Co., Orangeburg, SC

This $8 million project - replacing 7 timber bridges with 6 new concrete bridges and a twin culvert - took years to plan, but called for completion in just 74 days. Carolina Bridge delivered in 6 weeks, despite all 750 truckloads of equipment and materials having to be delivered entirely by ferry.

As the largest AGC chapter in the nation with 2,800 member firms, Carolinas AGC's mission is to build its members' businesses through workforce development, business development, profit management, and workers' compensation insurance. More than 75% of commercial and industrial construction (buildings, highways/bridges, utility facilities) in both North and South Carolina is performed or supported by Carolinas AGC members.

    Lori Tharp
    (704) 372-1450, ext. 5227

SOURCE Carolinas Associated General Contractors

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