LAS VEGAS – The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) today announced the 2008 Aon Build America Awards, the highest and most sought–after awards in the construction industry. Seventeen projects were selected as winners and seven were selected for merit awards at AGC's 89th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"The Aon Build America Awards recognize the nation's premier projects, large and small, from across the country," said AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. "The Build America Award winners embody the industry at its best and truly illustrate how AGC contractors are building America's quality of life."

The Build America Awards contribute directly to the AGC Education and Research Foundation. Since 1993, The Build America Scholarship Program has awarded $279,250 in scholarships to 87 construction management and civil engineering students.

"For the second year in a row we recognized one special winner with the Aon Build America Grand Award," added Sandherr. "This year, C. C. Myers demonstrated exceptional excellence overcoming difficult challenges and exceeding time constraints to complete I–580/880 Emergency Repair Project."

Entries are submitted from every area of general contracting including: federal & heavy, municipal & utilities, highway, design–build, environmental, international and construction management projects in the categories of new and renovation. Winners are chosen by a contractor's toughest critics—a group of peer—and judged on: meeting the challenge of a difficult job; excellence in project management; contractor's innovation in construction techniques; contractor's state–of–the–art–advancement; contractor's sensitivity to the environment and surroundings; excellence in client service; and the contractor's contribution to the community.

2008 Aon Build America Grand Award Winner:

  • C.C. Myers, Inc.
    I–580/880 Emergency Repair
    Oakland and Emeryville, California

The 2008 Build America Award Winners include:

Building New—Under $5 Million

  • Walbridge Aldinger
    Turnberry Harbour Sales Center
    Destin, Florida

Building Renovation—Under $5 Million

  • Tarlton Corporation
    Moosylvania Marketing
    Maplewood, Missouri

Building New

  • Granger Construction Company
    Michigan State University,
    Grand River Avenue Parking Ramp #6
    East Lansing, Michigan
  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
    Samsung Fab A2
    Austin, Texas

Building Renovation

  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
    Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture/ Old Patent Office Building Renovation
    Washington, D.C.

Construction Management New

  • Shawmut Design and Construction
    Harvard University New College Theatre
    Cambridge, Massachusetts

Construction Management Renovation

  • Gilbane Building Company
    The Virginia State Capitol Historic Renovation and Expansion
    Richmond, Virginia

Design–Build New

  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
    T.C. Williams High School
    Alexandria, Virginia

Design–Build Renovation

  • SOLPAC, Inc. dba Soltek Pacific Construction Company
    Design Build P–198 BOQ Monterey – Historical Site
    Monterey, California

Environmental New

  • Weston Solutions, Inc.
    Atlas Tack Corporation Superfund Site
    Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Federal & Heavy New

  • Boh Brothers Construction Co., L.L.C.
    17th Street Canal Interim Closure Structure
    Metairie and New Orleans, Louisiana

Federal & Heavy Renovation

  • Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Headquarters Building Renovation
    Washington, D.C.

Highway New

  • Austin Bridge & Road
    State Highway 45 Section 8
    Austin, Texas

Highway Renovation

  • C.C. Myers, Inc.
    I–580/880 Emergency Repair
    Oakland and Emeryville, California

International New

  • Caddell Construction Co., Inc.
    D/B U.S. Embassy, Conakry, Guinea
    Conakry, Guinea

Municipal & Utilities New

  • Bowen Engineering Corporation
    Central Energy Plant Indianapolis Maintenance Center Utility Connector
    Indianapolis, Indiana

Municipal & Utilities Renovation

  • The Natt McDougall Company
    River Mill Dam – Spillway and Fish Ladder Renovation
    Estacada, Oregon

The 2008 Aon Build America Merit Award Winners include:

Building Renovation—Under $5 Million

  • Wayne Rutherford General Contractor, Inc.
    St. James Episcopal Church Expansion and Renovation
    Taos, New Mexico

Building Renovation

  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
    Pasadena City Hall Seismic Upgrade and Rehabilitation
    Pasadena, California

Construction Management Renovation

  • Barnhart, Inc.
    Jr. Achievement BizTown
    San Diego, California

Design–Build New

  • Sundt Construction, Inc.
    Design–Build Calexico Border Fence
    Calexico, California and Mexico Border

Design–Build Renovation

  • JE Dunn SouthCentral, Inc.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center FEMA Flood Mitigation Project
    Houston, Texas

Environmental New

  • WWPS, Inc.
    Weracoba Creek Water Quality Improvement Project
    Columbus, Georgia

Highway New

  • Granite Construction Company
    Euclid Avenue/Bark Avenue Bicycle–Pedestrian Overpass
    Tucson, Arizona

Editor's Note: Winning photos and graphics of the award are available upon request.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors and 12,500 specialty–contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life."