The San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (AGC) today presented awards for outstanding construction projects at AGC’s 2011 Build San Diego Awards banquet on November 3, 2011.  Over 400 guests, including a number of elected officials, government and educational leaders, owners, developers, architects, and engineers enjoyed the afternoon’s festivities at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Eight “best of the best” projects in San Diego County were presented with a Build San Diego Award.  A panel of six judges evaluated the nominees in terms of excellence in project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, excellence in client service, contractor’s contribution to the community as it relates to the project, and meeting the challenges of a difficult job.

AGC 2011 Build San Diego Banquet Photos

Banquet photos courtesy of

Straub Construction, Inc.
Building Construction - Public Work

For Human Resource Services Center Southwest at MCAS Miramar.
This 72,839 s.f. two-story Class “A” administrative facility at MCAS Miramar is designed to support over 250 human resource personnel and 70 visitors.  There were numerous design, site, and internal design challenges:  the addition of 4,800 s.f to the building required structural and site modifications; and additional and smaller work stations were required due to the building footprint.  This will be the first LEED Platinum facility at MCAS Miramar.

Pacific Building Group
Building Construction - Private Work

For Callaway Golf Headquarters Remodel and Parking Structure.
This multi-phased remodel of the two-story Callaway Headquarters included renovated office, warehouse, and R & D space, as well as the construction of parking structure.  The new facility includes a full-service café with seating for 250, all-purpose meeting facilities, executive suites, a fitness center, a corporate store and Data Center, and Callaway Golf Performance Center for custom club fitting.  During construction, it was determined that the entire roof needed to be repaired and upgraded.

Flatiron West, Inc.
Heavy/Highway Construction

For Taxiway “C” Rehabilitation at the San Diego International Airport.
This project included surface preparation, followed by the full-depth removal of the taxiway’s asphalt concrete and concrete pavements, as well as placing new asphalt and concrete pavement and installing storm drains. Flatiron crews worked to accommodate the country’s busiest single-runway airport, which continued receiving air traffic throughout the project.  The proximity to the runway created a unique environment within which to perform and execute planned construction activities.

TC Construction Company, Inc.

For Eden Gardens Pump Station Solana Beach.
This project replaced a 50-year old sewer pump station that conveys approximately 50% of the sewage from Solana Beach toward the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility in Encinitas.  It was imperative that the existing sewer pump station remain in operation while the new pump station was constructed.  A state-of-the-art communication system was incorporated, providing real time station monitoring and data collection to the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority.  Work also included sidewalks, curb and gutter, paving, landscaping, and a sheltered bus stop that matches the pump station.

PCL Construction Services, Inc.
Unique Small Project - Public Work

For U.S. Fish & Wildlife Administrative Building.
The construction for the regional headquarters for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service included a Service Building for the storage and repair of fleet vehicles/equipment.  The light and open design offers a strong connection to the inspirational landscape.  Many conservation features were designed for the project, including a 30-kW photovoltaic array, proper solar orientation, natural day lighting, passive heating and cooling techniques, and water harvesting. This is a LEED® Silver Certified Project.

R.E. Staite Engineering, Inc.
Unique Small Project - Private Work

For BAE Systems Ship Repair Dry Dock Maintenance Dredging.
This project required the removal of over 7,000 cubic yards of migratory sediment from the drydock sump footprint with ultimate disposal in an upland facility.  The sediment had previously been determined as unsuitable for typical offshore disposal.  The dredging had to take place within a five-week window in the ship repair schedule, where the number of vessels moored for repair would be low enough to provide room for dredge equipment and use of other BAE piers for sediment treatment and off load.

Soltek Pacific Construction Company
Unique Special Project

For Cosmopolitan Hotel Renovation.
This historic renovation of the Cosmopolitan Hotel preserved “one of the most historically significant buildings in California” and transformed it into the “Crown jewel of the State’s park system.”  To create the eye-catching original look of the building, it was necessary to demolish all non-historic building additions, along with wall/flooring finishes.  Given the age of the building, Soltek was required to seismically stabilize the adobe first floor walls and mechanically attach them to the wood framed second floor above.

Clark Construction Group
Sustainable Project

For UCSD Village East Student Housing.
This project provides on-campus housing for 807 transfer students.  The design-build team was able to take advantage of the site’s natural environment, and incorporate innovative sustainable elements to exceed the planned certification goal of LEED Silver.  Now anticipating LEED Gold certification, the project stands as a model for how to push the envelope on sustainability while constructing a student housing community.  A notable innovative sustainable amenity is a thermal solar system that heats domestic water for the residents bathrooms and the dining facility.  The project demonstrates that a project can exceed its sustainable goals and be built efficiently without sacrificing budget, schedule, or quality. This is a LEED® Silver Certified Project.

Merit Awards

A series of Merit Awards also were presented within some of the above categories as a result of the tremendous number of excellent construction projects nominated for awards this year:

Building Construction - Public Work

Merit Awards:
Clark Construction Group-California, LP - Joint Regional Correctional Facility Southwest, MCAS Miramar
Jaynes Corporation - The Pavilion at Broadway Pier - This is a LEED® Gold Certified Project
Sundt Construction, Inc. - Miramar College Arts and Humanities & Business Technology Classroom Buildings - Awaiting LEED® Gold Certification
Swinerton Builders - UCSD Telemedicine

Building Construction- Private Work

Merit Awards:
Gould Electric - Thomas Jefferson School of Law - Pursuing LEED® Gold Certified
J.R. Daley Construction - Paseo Place


Heavy / Highway Construction

Merit Award:
Clark Construction - San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, Phase 1A East-West Pedestrian Bridge

Underground / Utilities

Merit Awards:
J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc. - Rancho Penasquitos Pump Station
Stronghold Engineering, Inc. - Convert Electrical Distribution System in Area 43 to 53

Unique Small Project - Public Work

Merit Awards:
J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc. - City of San Diego Fluoridation Facilities
Erickson-Hall Construction Co. - Vista Fire Station No. 1
Flatiron West, Inc. - NCTD Rail Bridge 243.0 Retrofit


Unique Small Project - Private Work

Merit Awards:
Clark Construction Group, California, LP - San Diego Marriott Renovations, Entry & Lobby
TC Construction - San Diego Zoo Equalization Tank

Unique Special Project

Merit Awards:
C.W. Driver, Inc. - Fallbrook Branch Library - This is a LEED® Silver Certified Project
Erickson-Hall Construction Co. - St. Thérèse of Carmel Parish Center
Lusardi Construction Co. - San Marcos Elementary School


Sustainable Project

Merit Awards:
Balfour Beatty Construction - Wounded Warrior Campus Project - This is a LEED® Platinum Certified Project
Synergy Electric Company - Box Canyon Photovoltaic System
Swinerton Builders - Kaiser Permanente La Mesa Solar


A Special Build San Diego Award was presented to:

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority - For “The Green Build”, a $1 billion expansion and renovation of Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport.   Overseeing and implementing a capital improvement project of this size is no small task, and the Airport Authority and their staff have delivered a large and complex construction program in a very professional manner.