2020 AGC in the Community Awards

2020 Award Winners and their Accomplishments
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CHAPTER WINNER:

Iowa State AGC

Fall Break Service Trip

During four days of their Thanksgiving holiday break, 48 members of the Iowa State University AGC Student Chapter rebuilt homes destroyed by a forest fire in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In collaboration with Appalachia Service Project, the team worked a total of 1,890 hours to completely dry-in a new house, frame the interior walls, build two porches, and install new drainage tile. They also built a forty-foot-long wraparound deck, installed appliances and cabinetry, and graded the yard for another house. All of the student volunteers were able to travel to the site at no cost to them thanks to the generous donations of general contractors that recruit from Iowa State. On-site, the jobs were led, planned and coordinated entirely by student members. By assigning a superintendent and foreman to each of three teams, the project also served as an opportunity for younger members to learn. Each of the volunteers worked toward helping to rebuild the lives of people who suffered the impact of a disaster, which is part of the Chapter’s mission and basis for service projects dating back to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2006.

CHAPTER SPECIAL RECOGNITION WINNERS:

General Contractors Association of Hawaii

“GCA Gives Back” Program

As part of an initiative of the 2019 GCA board president Layne Machida, this program donates member time, materials and labor to complete small construction projects for Hawaii-based non-profit groups. The projects supported by this program help the community but lack complete funding, such as “The Gathering Place,” a unique space for students to relax and socialize. After local high school students developed a concept and design, and even received state funding, the project still required a contractor. Similarly, a new concrete “Marina Breezeway” at the Marine Corps Community Services’ Marina at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay replaced the old gravel pathway, offering visitors safe and simple access to the facility. Without help from the GCA Gives Back program, these projects were at risk of being canceled due to lack of funding, but GCA member companies volunteered and organized to get the job done for members of their community.

Ohio Contractors Association

Toledo Chapter Historic South End Revitalization

Sixteen member companies and dozens of individuals volunteered time and materials to revitalize the streets and sidewalks of the Old South End in Toledo. While some of the homes in this neighborhood had been restored through a grant, the project was incomplete due to the crumbling streets and sidewalks. The chapter led a team of volunteers to install new sidewalks on multiple blocks along Crittenden and Western Avenues, and resurface Crittenden Avenue. The project was completed in partnership with the Historic South Initiative and the City of Toledo, and offered a unique way to give back to the community while contributing to a comprehensive approach to inner-city neighborhood revitalization.

MEMBER SPECIAL RECOGNITION WINNERS:

Extreme Makeover

Wadman Corporation

In just eight days, the Wadman Corporation construction team completed two homes for two different families in the Ogden area as part of the television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. As general contractor, Wadman worked with 84 trade partners, which provided materials and manpower to help the project succeed. The scope of work covered renovation new construction, and landscaping, with the help of 2,100 volunteers. In addition to new homes for two deserving families, the project added an unexpected benefit to the city of Ogden, since the HGTV crew spent a total of 1,426 nights in local hotel, contributing $936,908 to the local economy.

Habitat for Humanity King County, Sammamish Cottages Project

KLB Construction, Inc.

KLB Construction volunteered to help develop this project from beginning to end, first in securing permitting, then assisting with design reviews, and means and methods. They devoted more than 1,500-man hours over four years to build 10 new homes for families in need in King County, with work ranging from site preparation and building stormwater treatment systems, to wall construction and lot grading. In all, KLB donated more than $300,000 in labor and equipment, and an additional $122,500 in cash donations. More than two dozen KLB employees volunteered their time to help complete this development project in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Chestnut Street Expansion Project

P. Agnes, Inc.

As the first Ronald McDonald House in the country, this facility has served for 45 years as a space for severely ill children to receive treatment with the comfort of their families nearby, and spawned the development of hundreds more across the country. The Philadelphia house desperately needed additional bedrooms, as it had space to support only one in five families in need. When they set out to add a 93,000 square foot tower to include 88 new bedroom spaces, P. Agnes, as construction manager, donated over one hundred hours of free or discounted preconstruction services and worked to galvanize the local construction industry into donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in labor and materials. The completed project will allow Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House to serve an additional 1,110 families, increasing available room nights to 40,150 from 16,425.

MEMBER WINNER:

Barton Malow Company

Barton Malow Boot Camp

This six-week paid work experience program trains local residents with the industry fundamentals required to enter a career in the skilled trades. The program includes training and mentorship, providing participants with real world experience in the field with Barton Malow trades journey people, as well as classroom training covering everything from labor management to real estate development. The result of a team of three full-time Barton Malow staff members working to support the company’s commitment to addressing the construction industry labor shortage, this program brings together Barton Malow clients, local government, trade unions, and professional development partners. The program has enhanced collaboration with local organizations, such as with the City of Detroit’s Workforce Development Department, with which Barton Malow partners to recruit students aged 18-24 to the Boot Camp. During the program, administrators continuously evaluate participants on aptitude, attitude, timeliness, and teamwork ability, resulting in opportunities for local job seekers while building the industry a new and diverse field of skilled trade workers. In 2018, Barton Malow employed 42 Boot Camp participants on its projects nationwide.

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