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Friday, February 23, 2018                                                                                             (561) 833-3609             




West Palm Beach, Florida: The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., Florida East Coast Chapter announced the 2017 Build Florida Awards Winners at a gala event Saturday night February 17th in West Palm Beach, Florida. Over 190 people attended the event, which also included the installation of the 2018 President, Dennis Gallagher (The Weitz Company) and the board of directors.

The biennial AGC Build Florida Awards program is a prestigious, competitive awards competition open to AGC FEC Chapter general and specialty contractor members. Nominated projects must have been a new or renovation project located anywhere in Florida, completed between September 15, 2015 and September 15, 2017.  Nominee projects were judged by a panel of three judges, representing a cross-section of the AEC industry – an architect, Mr. Mark Beatty, AIA, LEED AP; a building official, Mr. Doug Wise; and a general contractor, Cindy Baldwin, CGC, LEED AP, CM-BIM.

Projects were judged by categories and the following criteria:

  • Overcoming Challenge / Difficulties
  • Excellence in Project Management
  • Innovation in Construction Techniques, Materials and Process
  • Sensitivity to the Environment
  • Service to the Client and Community
  • Commitment to Safety

“The AGC Build Florida Awards showcase the best of the best in the Construction industry” said Michelle Anaya DePotter, Chief Executive Officer, AGC FEC.  “Year after year, the project winners just keep getting better and better, from quality of work to exemplary customer service these winners set the bar high for others to follow and drive our industry forward with innovation and integrity.”

The winning projects and companies by category are listed below:

Winning Company Project Name Category Winner
West Construction Design Build Fire Station No 78 $5M and Under – New Building Construction Merit Winner
The Morganti Group Martin County High School New Administration and Science / Exceptional Student Education / Career Education Building $5M to $30M- New Building Construction Winner
KAST Construction Palmetto Promenade More than $30M – New Construction Winner
KAST Construction Palmetto Promenade Excellence in Technology Winner
Big D Paving Company Mitch Gornto Tennis Facility at Palm Beach Atlantic University $1M and Under- Specialty Contractor Winner
East Coast Metal Structures Corporation FIU Wellness and Recreational Center More than $1M – Specialty Contractor Winner
The Weitz Company The Breakers Seafood Bar More than $5M- Building Renovation Winner
Hedrick Brothers New Residence, Jupiter Island More than $5M – Residential Winner
Burkhardt Construction, Inc. Town Hall Square Memorial Fountain Restoration Streetscape / Hardscape / Parks Project of the Year – Grand Winner
 CSR Tropical Memorial Park Track & Field Streetscape / Hardscape / Parks Winner
Ferreira Bathtub Beach / Sailfish Point Beach Construction Other Merit Winner
Gast Construction Palm Beach Zoo Other Winner
Ferreira Bathtub Beach / Sailfish Point Beach Construction Excellence in Client Service Winner
Stiles Construction Charles F. Dodge City Center Excellence in Innovation Winner


“I was so proud to chair this year’s AGC Florida East Coast Chapter’s BUILD FLORIDA AWARDS!” said Cindy Baldwin. “This year’s winning companies are truly rewriting the value equation for their customers. These companies are doing today what is needed to strengthen their businesses for tomorrow. I applaud these companies for their achievements, developments, and innovations within the industry and for their commitment to quality service and construction.”

About AGC Florida East Coast Chapter:

AGC was established in 1918 after a request by President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson recognized the construction industry’s national importance and desired a partner with which the government could discuss and plan for the advancement of the nation. AGC has been fulfilling that mission nationally for the last 99 years and locally at the Florida East Coast Chapter for over 69 years. AGC represents 26,500+ of the leading firms in the nation including General Contractors, Specialty Contractors, Suppliers, and Service Providers.  AGC members play a powerful role in sustaining economic growth, in addition to producing structures that add to productivity and the nation’s quality of life.