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Every two years, AGC recognizes members who build San Diego’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway & transportation, underground & utility infrastructure, and heavy divisions.

On November 5, 2019, AGC honored the "best of the best" at AGC's 2019 Build San Diego Awards luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Over 350 guests enjoyed the afternoon of festivities, including several elected officials, government and educational leaders, owners, developers, architects, and engineers.

The luncheon was sponsored by Hawthorne Cat and Torrey Pines Bank, and the Master of Ceremonies was Matt Pound, General Manager at Escondido Materials and County of San Diego Liaison chairperson. The Honorable Steve Vaus, Mayor of Poway was the special guest speaker at the event.

The Build San Diego Award entries were evaluated 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.

The entries were reviewed, and the finalists and award winners were selected by a panel of judges:
  • John Addleman, Executive Director of Planning Services, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Jim Cleaton, Director of Construction, San Diego State University
  • Bill Morgan, Deputy Director - Engineering Services Division, County of San Diego Department of Public Works
  • Michael Tilley, Sr. Program Manager/Airport Design & Construction, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

All the project finalists (descriptions and photos) can be viewed in a special edition of AGC San Diego's Constructor magazine. The diverse projects are an integral part of the region's economy, and they represent the hard work of architects, engineers and construction firms.

2019 Build San Diego Awards

  Building Construction - Public Work

Awarded to
 Erickson-Hall Construction

PROJECT: Sage Creek High School Performing Arts Center
OWNER:  Carlsbad Unified School District
ARCHITECT: Rachlin Partners


Building Construction - Private Work

Awarded to Hensel Phelps

PROJECT: Intercontinental San Diego
 LFS Development, LLC
ARCHITECT: John Portman & Associates

  Underground / Utilities Construction

Awarded to
Orion Construction Corporation

PROJECT: Hale Ave Emergency Sewer Replacement
OWNER: City of Escondido
ENGINEER: Orion Construction Corporation


Heavy / Highway Construction

Awarded to Mid-Coast Transit Constructors

PROJECT: Gilman Drive Bridge
OWNER:  San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
ARCHITECT: Safdie Rabines Architects, KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture


Unique Small Project - Public Work

Awarded to

PROJECT: San Diego Zoo Rex’s Roar

OWNER: San Diego Zoo Global


Unique Small Project - Private Work

Awarded to
 TC Construction Co., Inc.

PROJECT: Sycamore Ranch

OWNER: William Lyons Home
ENGINEER: Fuscoe Engineering


Sustainable Project

to Hensel Phelps

PROJECT: UC San Diego Mesa Nueva Graduate and Professional Student Housing

OWNER: The Regents of the University of California
ARCHITECT: Mithun, Inc. and RJC Architects


Unique Special Project

Awarded to
R.E. Staite Engineering, Inc.

PROJECT: General Dyn amics NASSCO Graving Dock Cofferdam
OWNER: General Dynamics NASSCO
ENGINEER: Triton Engineers, Inc.

Merit Awards - 2019

Seven 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

  • Barnhart-Reese Construction - Bayside Fire Station No. 2
  • Clark Construction - Huaxyacac Hall, San Diego State University

Heavy / Highway Construction

  • Skanska - I-805 North HOV/BRT Design Build Project

Unique Small Project - Public Work

  • KTA Construction, Inc. - Avenida De La Playa Storm Drain Reconstruction – Phase 2

Sustainable Project

  • Balfour Beatty - North Coastal Live Well Health Center

Unique Special Project

  • EC Constructors, Inc. - Pine Valley Fire Station #44
  • Pacific Building Group - San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Walkabout Australia