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Alabama AGC Announces 2023 BUILDSouth Award Winners

From left to right: Kenny Heuman, Charlie Snipes, Ben Alberstadt, Larry Rivers, Jr., and Kole Baker
From left to right: Kenny Heuman, Charlie Snipes, Ben Alberstadt, Larry Rivers, Jr., and Kole Baker
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Aaron Wright of Channel Technologies and family
Aaron Wright of Channel Technologies and family
BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Alabama Associated General Contractors (Alabama AGC) recently hosted the 2023 BUILDSouth Awards Ceremony at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

The BUILDSouth Awards acknowledge and honor the most innovative and skilled contractors within the chapter. Awards are presented to those who produced exceptional work in categories like workforce development, community development, safety, building construction, and highway construction. John Darnall and Rod Ceasar were inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame.

“The honorees into the 2024 class of the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame have shown their careers in this great industry meant so much more than just the success of their company,” Alabama AGC President Mac Caddell said. “They built careers that truly left a mark on our state. We are proud to welcome John Darnall of Brasfield & Gorrie and Rod Ceasar of Caddell Construction into this esteemed group.”

Alabama AGC recognized longtime members for their commitment to the association, presenting them with the Legacy Award for 50 Years of Service. The chapter also awarded scholarships to five students who are pursuing careers in construction. The ceremony included the installation of the 2024 Alabama AGC Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Alabama AGC 2023 BUILDSouth Award Winners
  • Scholarship Winners: Larry Rivers, Jr., Jefferson State Community College; Charlie Snipes, University of Alabama; Kole Baker, Auburn University; Ben Alberstadt, Auburn University; Kenny Heuman, Auburn University
  • NAWIC Block Kids Champion: Evie Pounders
  • TW Pugh Excellence in Safety: Fred Vorpahl, G.A. West & Co., Inc.
  • Legacy Award for 50 Years of Service to Alabama AGC: Hallmark Builders, Inc.; Cowin Equipment Company, Inc.; Reeve Electric Company, Inc.
  • AGC Innovation in Construction: Aaron Wright, Construction Channel
  • AGC Women in Construction: April Hardy, Caddell Construction; Victoria Wilburn, G.A. West & Co., Inc.
  • Associate Member of the Year: Dr. Eric Wetzel, McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn University
  • Unsung Heroes: Johnnie Smith, BL Harbert International, LLC; Lark Sledge, Middleton Construction, LLC
  • Young Professional: Hector Orozco, Dunn Construction Co., Inc.
  • Workforce Development: Marathon Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Community Involvement: Amason & Associates, Inc., Table of Grace Ministry
  • Specialty Contractor: Marathon Electrical Contractors, Inc., Baptist Hospital Pensacola
  • Renovations Under $5 Million in Highway Construction: Dunn Construction Company, Inc., Highway 280 Red Mountain Expressway
  • Renovations in Municipal Utilities Construction: Stone Building Company, Bill Noble Park
  • Renovations in Building Construction: Whaley Construction Co. Inc., The Mill at Prattville
  • Renovations in Highway Construction: Dunn Construction Company, Inc., I-20 Leeds
  • Renovations in Heavy Industrial Construction: Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, Dearborn Diversion Project
  • Renovations Under $5 Million in Building Construction: Rives Construction Company, Audi Nashville
  • New Municipal Utilities Construction: Stone Building Company, Auburn Environmental Services and Public Works
  • New Building Construction: BL Harbert International, New U.S. Embassy Compound in Ankara, Turkey
  • New Design-Build: Caddell Construction, Design-Build New U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad, India
  • New Design-Build Under $5 Million: Rives Construction Company, Fanny Goldmine Diner
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