The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter celebrated the 2023 Excellence in Construction Awards Gala on May 5 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel, and APG was well represented at the biennial event!
The ABC awards program highlights members’ achievements and showcases their finest work completed within the previous two years. Projects are judged based on safety, innovation, personnel management, quality control, scheduling, and degree of difficulty.
We often say that every APG team member — no matter their level of expertise — also works in business development. Our craftsmanship and attention to detail at the office and at the job site; the professional relationships we build and maintain; and the customer experience we create; all play a part in “landing the next job.” They also played a big part in being recognized at this prestigious award ceremony.
APG received an honorable mention and two Eagle Awards for our outstanding work: Honorable Mention: • FDOT SunTrax Connected / Automated Vehicle Test Facility Eagle Awards: • Amalie Arena – Central Energy Plant • Tampa International Airport (TPA) – Blue Side Main Terminal Curbside Expansion & Central Energy Plant
The Tampa International Airport underwent a multi-phase and multi-year renovation and expansion project. This involved constructing three new buildings, namely, the Vertical Circulation Building (VCB), Central Utility Plant (CUP), and Emergency Service Building (ESB). The VCB, a three-level building, was designed to enhance passenger traffic from the entrance to airline gates. The CUP and ESB, on the other hand, were newly built facilities intended to be the heart of the airport, providing all mechanical and power services essential to the operation of the airport.
Meanwhile, the Amalie Arena project replaced and relocated existing chiller equipment with a new external modular plant. It was installed on a highly compressed schedule during an unusually short off-season. To ensure the success of the project, it was crucial to stick to the 87-day project schedule. This was achieved by working six days each week, creating a detailed BIM coordination model before construction began, incorporating prefabricated conduit systems, and redesigning the gear to eliminate equipment that would be delayed by supply chain shortages.
The successful completion of these projects was made possible by the efficiency and communication prowess of our field and office staff. They were able to overcome many obstacles including the scarcity of materials and labor, scheduled shutdowns, and unforeseen alterations during the construction process.
This type of recognition is a huge honor, not only for APG as a subcontractor, but for our general contractors who depend on us to uphold their high values as we work together on so many successful projects. We are tremendously grateful to everyone who contributes to our “excellence in construction,” especially those who worked on these outstanding projects and those who helped prepare the award submissions to ABC. Let’s keep on “doing it right”!