Philadelphia's 2007 Construction Excellence Awards

Edited by Matthew Phair | September 28, 2010

On October 24, 2007, the General Building Contractors Association announced the winners of the 11th Annual Construction Excellence Awards. The Construction Excellence Awards is a construction awards program recognizing the contractor, architect and owner for excellence in construction, safety and diversity.

The panel of 2007 Construction Excellence Awards judges was comprised of three industry leaders with the experience to judge the 70 entries competing in 12 categories. The judges were: Nick Gianopulos, P.E., of Keast & Hood Co.; Bill O'Donnell of O'Donnell & Naccarato; and Mark Donaldson, P.E., director, Project Management, Facilities Services and Construction Management Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The CHOP was a 2006 Winner of both the Excellence in Craftsmanship and Best Industrial/Institutional Project over $7 Million awards.

Best Industrial/Institutional Project — Under $7 Million

Gap International Headquarters: Phase 2

Contractor: C. Erickson & Sons, Inc.

Architect: Michael Oei Architecture

Owner: Gap International

Best Industrial/Institutional Project — Over $7 Million

The Shores at Wesley Manor

Contractor: T.N. Ward Co.

Architect: Donnelly Wagner Nelson Architects, LLC

Owner: United Methodist Homes of New Jersey

Best Historic Preservation Project

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Ruth & Raymond G. Perelman Building

Contractor: L. F. Driscoll Co.

Architect: Gluckman Mayner

Restoration Architect: Kelly-Maiello, Inc.

Owner: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Best Historic Preservation Project: Honorable Mention

Belmont Mansion Contractor: Unkefer Brothers

Construction Co. Architect: Mark B. Thompson

Associates Owner: city of Philadelphia

Excellence in Craftsmanship Project

Mount Pleasant Mansion

Contractor: Unkefer Brothers

Construction Co. Architect: John Milner Architects

Owner: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Best Design-Build Project

Drexel University Residence Hall

Contractor: INTECH Construction

Architect: Erdy McHenry Architecture

Owner: Drexel University

Best Specialty Contractor Project

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Research Building

Contractor: Keystone Contractors, Inc.

Architect: Ballinger/Polshek Partnership

Owner: University of Pennsylvania Trustees

Best Adaptive Reuse Project

23 South 23rd Street Condominiums

Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Architect: Cope Linder Associates

Owner: Turchi, Inc.

Best Adaptive Reuse Project: Honorable Mention

Franklin Square

Contractor: Bittenbender Construction, LP

Architect: Elia Architecture & Interiors LLC & Pennoni Associates

Owner: Once Upon a Nation

Best Commercial Project Under $7 Million

Goldman Properties, 114-120 S. 13th Street Renovation/Addition

Contractor: Gilbane Building Co.

Architect: Tsirontonakis & Associates

Owner: Goldman Properties

Honorable Mention

Lubert-Adler Management Co.

Contractor: INTECH Construction

Architect: RMJM Hillier

Owner: Independence Capital Partners

Best Commercial Project Over $7 Million

Harrah's Chester Racetrack & Casino

Contractor: T. N. Ward Co.

Architect: SOSH Architects

Owner: Harrah's Chester Downs Investment Co. LLC

Best Commercial Project over $7 Million: Honorable Mention

CBS Viacom

Contractor: INTECH Construction

Architect: RMJM Hillier

Owner: CBS Viacom

GBCA is the Philadelphia Builders Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. The association's membership of 350 general contractors, specialty contractors and related firms perform the majority of commercial, industrial and institutional construction work in the Philadelphia five-county region.