During the recent 2015 Excellence in Construction Awards, we were excited be awarded an Award of Merit for the Orlando VA Hospital. Many rooms are done, but there are no photos yet. We will post when we have them. We were also nominated for Project of the Year with two projects we were a part of: JetBlue’s The Lodge at Orlando Support Center (You cannot see the Fabri-Trak® installed is on the soffit face above the photographer.), and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for our Hand painted Barrisol® ceilings at the top of the photo.

These construction awards are for our regional, Central Florida chapter of the ABC. As a means to demonstrate the quality of workmanship and vital services ABC members provide to the entire community, ABC developed the first Excellence in Construction Awards program in 1988. In the intervening years, these awards have recognized thousands of big and little construction projects which are exemplary in all aspects: quality construction, innovative techniques and materials, degree of difficulty, and worker safety.

The ABC, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Central Florida chapter is part of a national organization started 65 years ago. Current chapter chairman, Chip Tucker explains, “The belief and commitment from seven contractors that together they were fundamentally stronger, together they believed that free enterprise and open competition was the best delivery method for construction owners, and together, union and merit employers must be able to work side-by-side to build post-war America. In contrast with a then-predominant closed shop delivery method, ABC’s model was called “Merit Shop” by ABC’s first staff officer, John Trimmer.

A bit about the construction award projects:

2015_EIC_Awards_magazine _jetblue► Turner Construction partnered with JetBlue to build a one-of-a-kind hotel facility to accommodate the airline’s 7,000 crew members that will visit each year. The building was developed to embody JetBlue Airways’ values to inspire collaboration and team building, while delivering the JetBlue experience to its own crew members during their stay. The JetBlue Lodge offers guestrooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, salt-water plunge pool, fitness center, softball field, basketball court, outdoor fire pits, and bike rentals with access to the local bike trail. It features an open environment and several levels of collaborative, recreational, and celebration spaces.

2015_EIC_Awards_magazine _orlandova►The Orlando VA Medical Center is a seven-story, 2 million square foot hospital build-out. There is also a 54,000 square foot warehouse that houses hospital/clinic supplies and the two, seven-story, 2,500 space parking garages totaling 978,000 square feet provides parking for the hospital/clinic patrons. The 1.2 million square foot blast resistant and hurricane hardened hospital and clinic provide acute care, complex specialty care and advanced diagnostics as well as having a large multi-specialty outpatient clinic, 134 inpatient beds, and administrative and support services. The facility is the only VA hospital in the country in which all patients’ rooms are private.

2015_EIC_Awards_magazine _drphilips►One of only 37 like it in the world, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts makes a statement in Downtown Orlando. The project involved an orchestra of architects and contractors working together to make it a reality. From coordinating building information models to maintaining traffic in a busy urban setting, Balfour Beatty Construction was determined to succeed. You can see more images from this project here >