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AGC of California Announces 2014 Award Winners

AGC of California honored top projects, companies and individuals in the California construction industry during its prestigious annual 2014 Awards banquet held at Disney’s Grand Californian in Anaheim on June 7, 2014. The prestigious black tie event, the “Oscars” evening for the construction industry, was attended by more than 250 people from top construction firms throughout the state.

Seven outstanding projects built by AGC of California contractors were chosen as winners in the 27th Annual Associated General Contractors of California's Constructor Awards program. The winners in seven categories were selected from a field of 18 previously announced finalists.

In addition to naming the Constructor Awards winners and finalists, AGC of California presented its 2014 Achievement awards, Construction Education Friend Award and Excellence in Partnering Awards.

Achievement Awards 

William “Bill” M. Lyles, Lyles Group, Fresno, received AGC of California’s 2014 Contractor Achievement Award. The award honors Lyles’ many years of service and accomplishments in the construction industry, including his longtime active involvement in the Associated General Contractors where he has served on the Board of Directors for AGC of America. He is also on the board of the California State Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of the Fresno Economic Development Corporation and as a member of the Board of Governors for the California State University, Fresno Foundation. Lyles has long been active in community service, leading to the creation of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CSU Fresno. He has been a major donor to the Lyles College of Engineering at CSU Fresno.

Brooks Mancini, B.T. Mancini Co., Inc., Milpitas, received the 2014 Specialty Contractor Achievement Award, honoring a construction career that has spanned over half a century. He founded his specialty flooring contracting business, B.T. Mancini Co., in 1964 which he headed up until 2005 when he became Chairman Emeritus after turning it over to his son, Skip. Long active in AGC of California, Mancini also served as the President of the Builders Exchange of Santa Clara County and the Builders Exchange of the State of California. He chaired numerous local organizations including the Mineta SanJose International Airport Commission, San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Good Samaritan Hospital and the American Red Cross, Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

Glenn Gelman, Managing Director of Glenn M. Gelman & Associates, Santa Ana, received the 2014 AGC Associate Achievement Award. The award recognizes his more than 35 years of experience in public accounting and his long and active service to the construction industry. Active with AGC since 1990, Gelman and his team have donated their time and expertise at regional and national conferences where he has served as an educator and guest speaker on various occasions. He is the first CPA to serve on the AGC Legal Advisory Committee.

Construction Education Friend Award 

Holly Cindell, Project Director for McCarthy Building Companies, received the AGC Construction Education Friend Award. A construction industry veteran with 26 years of experience, Cindell is responsible for the overall management and direction of the preconstruction and construction efforts on multiple projects for the Southern California division of McCarthy. She has also played a key role in elevating the work of women in the industry through her newest endeavor, Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS). Launched in 2013, the professional organization that was co-founded by Cindell provides support and mentorship to women working in or considering careers in construction operations.

Partnering Awards 

Two project teams received Excellence in Partnering Awards this year from AGC of California. In the “Projects Under $50 Million” category, Myers & Sons Construction LP received the award for the “Scofield Bridge Deck Replacement” project in Contra Costa County. In the “Projects Over $50 Million” category, Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture received the Partnering award for the “Camp Pendleton Hospital Replacement” project in Oceanside.

Constructor Awards 

The 2014 AGC of California Constructor Award winners and finalists spanned a diverse array of project types from throughout California. Each of the winners received the specially commissioned award – a solid bronze sculpture weighing nearly six pounds and depicting a surveyor with hardhat and transit. The seven winners were chosen from a field of 18 previously announced finalists, all of whom were spotlighted during the awards evening with each team receiving a finalist plaque recognizing their outstanding efforts in construction. Constructor winners and finalists are all AGC members.

The 2014 Constructor Awards winners and their projects are:

  • Contribution to the Community
    Constructor Winner: HENSEL PHELPS for “Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Inpatient Tower Renovation Project” – Los Angeles
  • Excellence in Project Management for Projects $10 Million or Below
    Constructor Winner: Reyes Construction, Inc., for “Repair Runway 3-21 Naval Air Station” – Point Mugu

    Also selected as finalists in this category were Shimmick Construction for “Shore Power System Construction Berths 30 & 32” – Oakland, and Swinerton Builders for “Riverbank Elementary School Modernization” – West Sacramento.

  • Excellence in Project Management for Projects Over $10 Million
    Constructor Winner: Clark Construction Group – California, LP “Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse” – Long Beach

    Also selected as finalists in this category were: Reyes Construction, Inc. for “Berth 100 Wharf South Extension & Backland Development” – San Pedro, and Shimmick / Obayashi, A Joint Venture for “Golden Gate Retrofit Phase IIIA” – San Francisco.
  • Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Job – Projects $10 Million or Below
    Constructor Winner: Blois Construction, Inc., “Santa Monica Bay Low Flow Diversion Project” – Santa Monica

    Also selected as finalists in this category were: Griffith Company for “Metro Subway Station Entrance Canopy Project” – Los Angeles, and Shimmick Construction for “Kanan Road Tunnel T2 and T3 Tunnel Lining Project” – Agoura Hills.

  • Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Job – Builder
    Constructor Winner: HENSEL PHELPS, “Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Surgery/Emergency Replacement Project” – Los Angeles

    Also selected as finalists in this category were: Clark / McCarthy, A Joint Venture “Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton” – Camp Pendleton, and Turner Construction Company “San Diego New Central Library” – San Diego.
  • Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Job – Heavy Engineering
    Constructor Winner: Skanska USA Civil for “I-210 Gold Line Bridge (Iconic Freeway Structure)” - Arcadia

    Also selected as finalists in this category were: NOVA Group, Inc. / Underground Construction Co., A Joint Venture for“P-401 Replace Fuel Storage Facilities” – San Diego, and Shimmick / Obayashi, A Joint Venture for “Robert B. Diemer Water Treatment Plant” – Yorba Linda.
  • Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Job – Specialty Contractor Classification
    Constructor Winner: Marina Landscape, Inc. for “Children’s Hospital of Orange County” – Orange

    Also selected as finalist in this category was: Cupertino Electric “Long Beach Courthouse” – Long Beach. 

AGC of California Immediate Past President Randy Douglas, Tierra Contracting, Inc., served as MC for the awards banquet and Don Bradley, Esq., Musick, Peeler & Garrett, served as 2014 Awards Committee Chair.

Sponsors for the 27th Annual AGC of California Awards Program and banquet included: Umpqua Argent Bank, McGraw-Hill Construction, Liberty Mutual, Ames Construction, Inc., Aon, HENSEL PHELPS, Herzog Contracting Corp., Trench Shoring Company, Walsh Group, Glenn M. Gelman & Associates, Bank of Sacramento, East West Bank, Gallina LLP, Griffith Company and Unger Construction Co.

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