Uncompromising excellence has always characterized Contracting BusinessDesign/Build Awards, and this 12th annual incarnation is no exception.

The diversity of this year’s winners illustrates the wide range of projects that commercial contractors are delivering under the Design/Build banner. In 2002, we cover the bases from scientists in lab coats to motorcycle riders in leather vests, with the Navy and Army (Salvation, that is) thrown in for good measure. Here are this year’s winners:

THE WINNERS

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Category A

Retrofit/Renovation Less Than $500,000

Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

for the Salvation Army Divisional
Headquarters, Charlotte, NC


Category B

Retrofit/Renovation More Than $500,000

Encompass Mechanical
Seattle, WA

for the Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, WA


Category C

New Construction Less Than $500,000

Seaman’s Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
Grand Rapids, MI

for the Harley-Davidson Showroom, Hudsonville, MI


Category D

New Construction More Than $500,000

A.O. Reed & Co.
San Diego, CA

for the U.S. Navy Measurement Lab, San Diego, CA


Three projects as runners-up. They are:

Great Lakes Mechanical, Dearborn, MI,
for the University Square Project, Detroit, MI.

Great Lakes Mechanical’s Nuno Duarte and his team designed and installed a water source heat pump system with a geothermal field in their retrofit and modernization of two adjacent urban office buildings. On paper, Great Lakes’ work consisted of a 150-ton system with 46 heating and cooling zones for one building and a 60-ton system with 56 heating and cooling zones for the other. However, in the customer’s eyes, the project can be summed up in two words: comfort and control.

McKinstry Company, Seattle, WA,
for Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, WA.

Knute Rockne may not like it, but comfort — at least everywhere except on the gridiron itself — is a part of the modern game of football.

Doug Moore, head of McKinstry’s engineering group, and the rest of the McKinstry staff produced more than 350 design drawing for the stadium’s mechanical systems at the 72,000-seat stadium, and also generated several thousand fabrication drawings. A highlight of the project is the stadium’s 1,500-ton cooling system that uses water-source heat pumps.

Sempra Energy Solutions, San Diego, CA,
for the Astrodomain Central Energy Plant Project, Houston, TX.

Paul Casey, James Munoz, and the Sempra team designed and built a 19,000-ton, 3,800 boiler horsepower central plant and underground piping system to serve Houston’s Reliant Stadium, Reliant Hall, and Reliant Astrodome. The plant has ten 1,900-ton chillers and, in a blatant example of everything being bigger in Texas, was designed to be expanded.


Speaking of expanding, Contracting Business in 2003 will build on the tremendous popularity and success of the prestigious Design/Build Awards by expanding the awards program. Responding to requests from readers, we will include categories to cover the variety of delivery methods being used to provide outstanding, 21st century HVAC systems to commercial customer nationwide.

Watch for more details on the new Contracting Business Excellence in Mechanical Contracting Awards in upcoming issues of Contracting Business, and on this website. In the meantime, congratulations again to this year’s winners and runners-up!