2020 AGC Construction Awards Hybrid Event Recognizes Best of Missouri’s Construction Industry

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Heritage Award presented posthumously to Tarlton’s Bob Elsperman

Recently, the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) announced the winners of its 2020 Construction Keystone Awards during a hybrid event – held virtually and in-person at the St. Peters Performing Arts Theatre.  The staged awards ceremony highlighting the creativity and talents of Missouri’s construction industry was viewed virtually by hundreds of construction personnel enjoying the event with virtual party boxes, complete with popcorn, noisemakers and snacks. AGC of Missouri also celebrated First Place Specialty Contractors in 12 disciplines along with the Specialty Contractor of the Year.  Finally, Bob Elsperman, longtime chairman of Tarlton Corporation, was honored posthumously with the prestigious Heritage Award.

Thirteen Keystone Awards were presented to contractors on projects chosen from a group of 38 submittals ranging from hospital, education and sports/entertainment facilities to railroad, road and bridge, lock & dam and utility projects. A new Coronavirus Pandemic Response category honored projects performed with lightning speed in response to Covid-19 medical needs.    

Keystone Project of the Year winners included:  Murphy Company for the Enterprise Center Quad D AHU Replacement (St. Louis, MO); PARIC Corporation for the Union Station Wheel and Train Park (St. Louis); Tarlton Corporation for The Muny Stage and Production Improvements (St. Louis); McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. for the East End Transformation of the Washington University in St. Louis Danforth Campus; Massman Construction Co. for the Grand River Bridge Emergency Replacement (Norfolk Southern Railroad project in Brunswick, MO); Acme Erectors, Inc. for The Vertical Garden in the Steward Family Plaza (St. Louis); TJ Wies Contracting, Inc. for the State Historical Society (Columbia, MO);  Murphy Company for Centene Community Ice Center (Maryland Heights, MO); Murphy Company for Centene Urban Campus Clayton High Rise (Clayton); icon Mechanical Construction & Engineering, LLC for the Pfizer BioPlace New Research & Development Facility (Chesterfield, MO);  and ACME Constructors, Inc. for Agra Form’s 4-Phased Plant Expansion (St. Louis).  Guarantee Electrical Company took home the Keystone Project of the Year in the special Coronavirus Pandemic Response category for construction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility (St. Louis.)  In the National Class category, the Hensel Phelps/Herzog Joint Venture captured First Place for its Division 16: Southwestern Yard project for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Specialty Contractor Awards

            The AGC of Missouri also announced 12 Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) Awards to Specialty Contractors voted “First Place” in their discipline by the general contractor members of AGCMO.  The General Contractor members were asked to consider a Specialty Contractor’s timeliness in regard to completion of project(s), ability to stay within budget and their overall experience with the specialty contractor.  The 12  First Place Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) award winners are:  ROSCH (Ancillary Services); Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc. (Concrete / Paving); Budrovich Excavating & Contracting  (Earthwork & Utilities); Guarantee Electrical Company (Electrical); Spirtas Wrecking Corporation (Environmental Remediation & Demolition); TJ Wies Contracting, Inc.  (Int. & Ext. Finishes, Openings & Fixtures); Charles E. Jarrell Contracting Co., Inc. (HVAC / Piping); Grant Masonry Contracting Co., Inc. (Masonry); Boyer Fire Protection (Plumbing & Fire Protection); BAM Contracting, LLC (Structural & Finish Carpentry); ACME Erectors, Inc. (Structural & Finish Metals); and Geissler Roofing Co., Inc.  (Thermal & Moisture Protection).

The Specialty Contractor receiving the most votes by General Contractors also was presented the Specialty Contractor of the Year award by the AGC of Missouri. This distinction was awarded to Boyer Fire Protection.

 The life of Robert P. Elsperman, P.E., longtime president and then chairman of Tarlton Corporation, was celebrated with the Keystone Heritage Award.  A veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of Captain, Elsperman took over the reins of Tarlton from his dad in 1972. He led the company for the next 25 years and built it into an industry powerhouse before entrusting leadership of the firm to his children, Tracy Hart and Dirk Elsperman.

“Bob gave tirelessly to our industry for decades, serving on numerous committees, as president of the AGC of St. Louis in 1981 and as treasurer of AGC of America in 1999,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, AGCMO’s president. “This hybrid event gave us an opportunity to honor Missouri’s contractors whose leadership and tenacity has been so well demonstrated during the past year.  Despite Covid-19 causing personal sacrifices along with workforce and supply chain issues, contractors across the state continue to deliver quality projects across the country day after day.  I couldn’t be prouder of our industry and their ability to provide well-paying jobs to more than 131,500 Missouri workers during these challenging times.”

The Construction Keystone Awards were judged by a panel of experts that included Cody Henderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Feeler S. Architects, representing AIA of St. Louis;  Timothy J. Ross, P.E., president/CEO of George Butler Associates, representing American Council of Engineering Companies-Missouri; Richard Russell, industrial group manager, Sachs Electric Company, representing American Subcontractors Association-Midwest;  and Annie Smith, P.E., CEM, LED AP BD+C, director of energy services, Ross & Baruzzini, Inc., representing the US Green Building Council; and Chris Gordon, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Engineering; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, representing Institutes of Higher Learning.

According to the judges, the Keystone Awards were not awarded based upon a project’s beauty. Instead, they recognize a contractor’s success in achieving solutions during construction for challenges faced on a project.  The awards recognize construction professionals whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community by building facilities that support and enhance the quality of life. Safety performance, use of technology or new innovations, and workforce diversity are also essential components of overall performance.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the united voice of the construction industry, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties in Missouri. Last month, AGCMO was named large Chapter of the Year by AGC of America. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit:  www.agcmo.org

2020 Construction Keystone Award Project Nominees

Mid-America Class

(Projects located in Missouri or contiguous states)

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project Under $5 million

FIRST PLACE

Murphy Company

Project: Enterprise Center Quad D AHU Replacement

Owner:  Enterprise Center

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

Castle Contracting, LLC

Project: The Hill Development

Owner:  Draper & Kramer

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

THIRD PLACE

Poettker Construction Company

Project: Seven Gables Inn Renovation

Owner:  Restoration St. Louis

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project $5 – $10 million

FIRST PLACE

PARIC Corporation

Project: Union Station Wheel and Train Park

Owner:  LHM/USH LLC

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

Helmkamp Construction Company

Project: McVay Center

Owner:  Principia College

Project Location:  Elsah, IL

THIRD PLACE

KAI

Project: Teen Center of Excellence

Owner:  Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

HONORABLE MENTION

Poettker Construction Company

Project:  New Headquarters & Warehouse

Owner:  Poettker Construction Company

Location:  Breese, IL

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project $10-$30 million

FIRST PLACE

Tarlton Corporation

Project:  Stage and Production Improvements

Owner:  The Muny

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

HBD Construction, Inc.

Project: Medical Office Building @ 4800 Maine Street

Owner:  Blessing Health System

Project Location:  Quincy, IL

THIRD PLACE

Branco Enterprises, Inc.

Project: Goodman Elementary

Owner:  Neosho School District

Project Location:  Neosho, MO

HONORABLE MENTION

PARIC Corporation

Project: JBS Science Technology Art & Research Building

Owner:  John Burroughs School

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Building Construction

Project Over $30 million

FIRST PLACE

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Project:  East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus

Owner:  Washington University in St. Louis

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

ARCO Construction Co., Inc.

Project: Centene Community Ice Center

Owner:  St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation

Project Location:  Maryland Heights, MO

THIRD PLACE

PARIC / KAI

Project: BJC West County Replacement Hospital

Owner:  BJC HealthCare

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

General Contractor / Construction Manager / Prime Contractor

Transportation & Infrastructure

FIRST PLACE

Massman Construction Co.

Project:  Grand River Bridge

               Emergency Replacement

Owner:  Norfolk Southern Railroad

Project Location:  Brunswick, MO

SECOND PLACE

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.

Project: Greene County Route 65 Rebuild

Owner:  Missouri Department of Transportation

Project Location:  Springfield, MO

THIRD PLACE

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.

Project: West Warrenton Blvd. & I-70 Interchange

Owner:  Missouri Department of Transportation

Project Location:  Warrenton, MO

HONORABLE MENTION

Massman Construction Co.

Project:  Champ Clark Bridge Replacement

Owner:  Missouri Department of Transportation

Project Location:  Louisiana, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project Under $1 million

FIRST PLACE

Acme Erectors, Inc.

Project: The Vertical Garden

               in the Steward Family Plaza

Owner:  Sheldon Arts Foundation

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

Golterman & Sabo, Inc.

Project: McVay Center

Owner:  Principia College

Project Location:  Elsah, IL

Specialty / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project $1 – $5 million

FIRST PLACE

TJ Wies Contracting, Inc.

Project: State Historical Society

Owner:  University of Missouri

Project Location:  Columbia, MO

SECOND PLACE

Geissler Roofing Co., Inc.

Project: Centene Community Ice Center

Owner:  St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation

Project Location:  Maryland Heights, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project $5-$10 million

FIRST PLACE

Murphy Company

Project: Centene Community Ice Center

Owner:  St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation

Project Location:  Maryland Heights, MO

SECOND PLACE

PayneCrest Electric, Inc.

Project:  City Foundry STL

Owner:   FoPa Partners, LLC

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

THIRD PLACE

TJ Wies Contracting, Inc.

Project: Memorial Stadium South End Zone Expansion

Owner:  University of Missouri

Project Location:  Columbia, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project $10-$20 million

FIRST PLACE

Murphy Company

Project:  Centene Urban Campus

               Clayton High Rise

Owner:  Centene Corporation

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

IWR North America

Project: East End Transformation

              of the Danforth Campus

Owner:  Washington University in St. Louis

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor

Building Construction

Project Over $20 million

FIRST PLACE

icon Mechanical Construction

& Engineering, LLC

Project:  New Research & Development Facility

               Pfizer BioPlace

Owner:  Pfizer

Project Location:  Chesterfield, MO

SECOND PLACE

Murphy Company

Project:  Mercy Northwest Arkansas

Owner:  Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas

Project Location:  Rogers, AR

THIRD PLACE

Guarantee Electrical Company

Project:  Saint Louis University

               Replacement Hospital

Owner:  SSM Health

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

Specialty / Subcontractor

Industrial Construction

FIRST PLACE

ACME Constructors, Inc.

Project: AgraForm 4-Phased Plant Expansion

Owner:  AgraForm

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

Guarantee Electrical Company

Project: Silicon-On-Insulator Building Expansion

Owner:  MEMC LLC

Project Location: St. Peters, MO

Coronavirus Pandemic Response

FIRST PLACE

Guarantee Electrical Company

Project: COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility

Owner:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

   St. Louis District

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

SECOND PLACE

Alberici Constructors, Inc.

Project: Emergency Ventilator Manufacturing Facility

Owner:  General Motors Company / Hamilton Medical, Inc.

Project Location:  Reno, NV

THIRD PLACE

Tarlton Corporation

Project: COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility

Owner:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

   St. Louis District

Project Location:  St. Louis, MO

National Class

(Projects located in lower 48 states, excluding Mid-America Class)

FIRST PLACE

Hensel Phelps │ Herzog Joint Venture

Project: Division 16: Southwestern Yard

Owner:  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)

Project Location:  Los Angeles, CA

SECOND PLACE

Massman Construction Co.

Project:  Columbia Lock and Dam Emergency Seepage Repairs

Owner:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District

Project Location:  Monroe, LA

THIRD PLACE

PARIC Corporation

Project:  John’s Island District Office

Owner:  Berkeley Electric Cooperative

Project Location:  John’s Island, SC

2020 Specialty Contractor of the Year Awards

First Place Awards by Discipline

ANCILLARY SERVICES:

ROSCH

CONCRETE / PAVING:

Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc.

EARTHWORK & UTILITIES:

Budrovich Excavating & Contracting

ELECTRICAL: 

Guarantee Electrical Company

ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION & DEMOLITION:

Spirtas Wrecking Corporation

INT. & EXT. FINISHES, OPENINGS & FIXTURES:

TJ Wies Contracting, Inc.

  AGC’s 2020 SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR   Boyer Fire Protection  


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