November 4, 2008

Washington, D.C. - The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) awarded the AGC Student Chapter Service Award to Iowa State University in recognition of continued service to their community and a positive reflection on the construction industry.

"This special recognition of Iowa State is well deserved for their long-time service and dedication to the communities still struggling in Katrina-devastated areas," said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. "We are proud to recognize these students for their remarkable commitment to public service."

This is the first year AGC has given this prestigious award, recognizing Iowa State University's continued dedication to rebuilding the Mississippi Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Iowa State students have spent their last three spring break vacations restoring homes, lives and communities. The students have elevated their commitment to civic participation and inspired others to do the same.

The AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest recognizes the top three student chapters for their dedication to community and public service projects. Student chapters have been in existence for more than 75 years, and exist to encourage and support student interest in the professional construction industry. AGC of America in conjunction with AGC's local chapters supports over 150 student chapters nationwide. The first place winner of the Outstanding Student Chapter Contest was Boise State University; Arizona State University took second place; and Southeast Community College took third.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors, and over 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


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