GBCA has announced the winners of the 19th Annual Construction Excellence Awards, the premier construction awards program recognizing quality workmanship by GBCA members, as well as excellence in diversity and inclusion, safety, and technological advancement. Contractors, architects, and owners of 16 winning projects and initiatives were honored at an awards ceremony held at the recently opened event space in SugarHouse Casino on November 3, 2016.

This year, to more broadly recognize the unique characteristics of and the challenges presented by construction specialties and building projects, GBCA expanded the awards program to highlight excellence in specific areas of construction, such as concrete construction and demolition, as well as certain building types, such as hospitality and healthcare. GBCA also honored an Affiliate of the Year, an outstanding affiliate member of GBCA, and the Best of the Best, the most highly recognized project of the program — as voted by GBCA members.

“The winning projects represent the finest in construction within the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Benjamin J. Connors, Esq., president, GBCA. “We are proud to honor our members’ admirable innovation, collaboration, and craftsmanship, as well as our members who are advancing the industry through exciting new initiatives.”

The winners of the 19th annual Construction Excellence Awards were determined by a panel of esteemed judges: Christine M. Fiori, PhD, PE, program director and clinical professor, Construction Management Program, Drexel University College of Engineering; Joshua Levy, AIA, LEED AP, director of building technology, Ballinger; and Denise Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate, Francis Cauffman. They reviewed each nomination for workmanship and project management details, originality and innovative elements, and special techniques or materials.

The winners are:

Best Adaptive Re-Use Project: 1112-1128 Chestnut Street/“The Collins”
Contractor: Clemens Construction Company; Architect: Blackney Hayes Architects; Owner: The Brickstone Companies

Best Concrete Contractor Project: Rowan University Holly Pointe Commons
Contractor: Healy Long & Jevin, Inc.; General Contractor: Torcon, Inc.; Architect: Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC; Owner: Rowan University

Best Demolition Project: Blumberg Revitalization Demolition & Implosion
Contractor: TN Ward Company; Architect: LR Kimball (a CDI Company); Owner: Philadelphia Housing Authority

Best Educational Institution Project: University of Pennsylvania Stephen A. Levin Building
Contractor: P. Agnes, Inc.; Architect: SmithGroup JJR; Owner: University of Pennsylvania

Best Fit-Out Project: Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 5th Floor
Contractor: HSC Builders & Construction Managers; Architect: Ballinger; Owner: Cooper University Hospital

Best Healthcare Project: Penn Medicine South Pavilion Expansion
Contractor: LF Driscoll; Architect: Viñoly, CannonDesign; Owner: University of Pennsylvania Health System

Best Historic Preservation Project: Liberti Church Renovation
Contractor: C. Erickson & Sons, Inc.; Architect: Wulff Architects; Owner: Liberti Church

Best Hospitality Project: Microtel Inn & Suites
Contractor: E.P. Guidi, Inc.; Architect: FORM Architectural Group; Owner: MGM Ridley Hotel, LP

Best Residential/Mixed-Use/Office-Space Project: FMC Corporation Tenant Fit-Out
Contractor: Turner Construction Company; Architect: Granum A/I; Owner: Brandywine Realty Trust

Best Retail Project: 1430 Walnut Street Retail Development
Contractor: Clemens Construction Company; Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Owner: Midwood

Excellence in Craftsmanship: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care
Contractor: Turner Construction Company; Architects: FKP, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Nelson Byrd Woltz; Owner: CHOP

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion: Shoemaker Construction Company

Excellence in Safety: Skanska USA Building, Inc.

Excellence in Technological Advancement: AmQuip Crane Rental LLC

Affiliate of the Year: Kieffer’s Appliances

Best of the Best (as voted by GBCA members): Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 5th Floor
Contractor: HSC Builders & Construction Managers; Architect: Ballinger; Owner: Cooper University Hospital

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