Members of the Carolinas Associated General Contractors and their families left the cold behind to hold their 86th Annual Convention at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Events included an awards breakfast, the CAGC General Session, division meetings, business forums, and the presentation of the 2006 Pinnacle Awards.
The convention's award breakfast recognized 15 member companies for their outstanding service to the association and five companies for their safety achievements. After the awards presentations, Steve Gennett, president and CEO, reviewed 2006, which saw the association launch IBuild. IBuild, a custom-designed clearinghouse for project leads and plans, has been a major undertaking for CAGC in the past year, stated Gennett, and the association will continue to improve and expand IBuild to meet the needs of its members.
Following keynote speaker Mark Mayfield, outgoing Chairman Ben Whetstone addressed the members, stating that CAGC is looked to as a leader and will continue to be a source of information for training and safety and to lead legislative efforts for the construction industry in the Carolinas.
At the CAGC General Session, Harry Mashburn, a member of CAGC and the current president of the AGC of America, gave his report to the members. He offered his thoughts on the current Congress and upcoming legislation. He also stated that AGC will be working hard with the chapters to develop better relationships and increase membership. Finally, Barry Gardner, newly elected CAGC chairman of the board, gave an overview of legislation and initiatives for both North Carolina and South Carolina.
The highlight of the evening was the 2006 Pinnacle Awards. This year's recipients were:
- Best General Contractor — Hightower Construction Co., Inc., Charleston, S.C.
- Best Subcontractors/Specialty Contractor — Salem Electric Company, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Best Supplier/Service Company — Chandler Concrete Co., Inc., Burlington, N.C.
- Best Highway-Heavy Project (two awards) Interchange of I-26 & Ashley Phosphate Road, Charleston, S.C. Contractor: Banks Construction Co., Inc., Charleston, S.C.
- Hwy. 98 Bypass at Wake Forest, Wake Forest, N.C.
- Contractor: S. T. Wooten Corporation, Wilson, N.C.
- Best Utility Project — Columbia Hydroelectric Fish Passage, Columbia, S.C. Contractor: Thalle Construction Company, Hillsborough, N.C.
- Best Building Project North Carolina Museum of Life & Science — Bioquest Two, Durham, N.C. Contractor: New Atlantic Contracting, Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount, N.C. Contactor: Barnhill Contracting Co., Rocky Mount, N.C.
- Build With The Best — Presented to an individual outside the construction industry whose efforts have contributed not only to the betterment of our industry, but also to the economic welfare of the Carolinas. Awarded to Len Sanderson, state highway administrator (retired), North Carolina Department of Transportation.