BATON ROUGE, LA. – The Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors has announced the recipients of its annual Excellence in Construction® Awards. This year’s 25 world-class construction projects display local contractors’ commitment to safety, innovation and quality in planning, executing and delivering the projects.
This year’s award-winning construction projects include ExxonMobil’s Occupied Buildings, the Entergy Churchill Substation, Our Savior's Church Opelousas, the Catholic High School Student Center, @Highland, the St. Charles Parish Railyard Expansion and The Heritage at Cajun Village. Many of ABC Pelican’s EIC projects will go on to compete in the 31st annual National EIC Awards during the ABC Convention 2021.
“Our industry is essential in ensuring our economy recovers, and these world-class construction projects are examples of the vital part of that economic engine,” said David Helveston, President and CEO of ABC Pelican. “ABC Pelican members have time and time again met and exceeded the challenges posed by the global pandemic, abiding by the new health and safety standards, employing innovation and new technologies and delivering these projects with excellence in an entirely new reality. Many of these projects began or wrapped while the world grappled with the uncertainty of COVID-19, and these contractors deserve our applause for upholding the prestigious standards set by this competition.”
2020 ABC PELICAN EIC CATEGORIES AND WINNERS:
(Excellence indicates first place, merit indicates second place; project video interviews and high-resolution images available upon request)
General Contractor > Commercial > $5 to $10 million
Merit: MAPP, LLC: @Highland
The project included the design assist construction of a three-story, 51,000-square-feet class “A” multi-tenant office building. The project included site clearing and grubbing of approximately seven acres and initial site surcharge of the existing site to get it above the existing flood plain.
General Contractor > Federal Government / Military > $10 to $100 million
Merit: APC Construction, LLC: New Orleans to Venice, Woodpark Floodwalls NOV-NF-W-06B.1
APC completed approximately a half-mile of critical floodwater structure for the United States Army Corp of Engineers located in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Highlights in the scope of work include a static load test pile program, installation of open-ended steel pipe piles and steel sheet piles, installation of pre-load levee embankments, and construction of 53 floodwall monoliths.
General Contractor > Industrial > $15 to $25 million
EXCELLENCE: Cajun Industries: Shintech - SPP3 Utilities Civil
The project is the third large unit and final piece of the civil puzzle to be constructed at the new Shintech SPP3 site in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The utilities unit consists of several large and intricate aboveground water retaining concrete structures. The project, which logged more than 180,000 incident-free manhours, consisted of more than 15,000-cubic-yards of concrete, 1,100 tons of reinforcing steel, and 8,000 tons of limestone.
MERIT: Beard Construction Group: South Texas Gateway Terminal
Buckeye Partners, L.P. contracted Beard to perform site grading, drainage, fire protection systems, and tank pad preparation at the South Texas Gateway Terminal in Ingleside, Texas. Beard’s work with Buckeye was crucial in expanding their footprint in providing more terminal, storage and processing capabilities. Beard constructed 22 oil storage tanks, measuring 225-feet in diameter with a height of 70-feet.
General Contractor > Industrial > $25 to $100 million
MERIT: MAPP, LLC: Confidential LNG
The Confidential LNG Architectural Blast Resistant Building Project is one of the first liquefied natural gas projects located in the Gulf South that utilized precast concrete panels for the basis of the architectural building design. The focus of the client, CCJV, and the MAPP team, which included the award-winning architectural design firm Gensler, was the elimination of waste by not only utilizing lean practices and quality control measures but also creating a safe working environment. The project was constructed in an active plant with more than 3,000 construction workers onsite and totaled 85,164,158 manhours and 2,208 days of construction.
MERIT: Great River Industries: Formosa - CWTP-CCND Loading Arm Expansion Project
The project expanded and updated the water treatment capabilities at an existing Formosa facility in Point Comfort, Texas. GRI engineered, procured and constructed four field erected large capacity API holding tanks, three shop built ASME pressure vessels, two water treatment filtration systems, three sanitary waste units as well as the necessary pumps, piping, foundations and I&E components, allowing FPC-TX to grow its wastewater treatment an additional 25%. GRI worked 600,000 manhours with zero OSHA recordables.
General Contractor > Industrial > $5 to $15 million
EXCELLENCE: GROUP Industries LLC: DOW S1300 Mosaic Project
The $7.5 million civil project at DOW Chemical wasn’t difficult on paper, but the number of obstacles thrown in the project team’s path turned molehills into mountains. The project laid the groundwork for a proprietary unit in the middle of the DOW facility. Challenges included underground water issues, numerous discoveries and the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, the team successfully installed 243 steel pipe piles filled with concrete, 2,000-linear-feet of underground firewater line, 5,000-cubic-yards of structural concrete, 150-linear-feet of 55-foot sheet piles and a limestone roadway.
MERIT: RES Contractors LLC: Oleflex Upgrade Project, Honeywell
The $6.6 million expansion and revamp of Honeywell’s number two catalyst production line in Shreveport, Louisiana was a complex endeavor burdened by incomplete designs, unexpected underground obstructions and significant rework. The new and improved production line was needed to increase production of Honeywell’s proprietary brand of catalysts.
General Contractor > Industrial > Less than $5 million
EXCELLENCE: Cajun Industries: ExxonMobil BIOX Floating Sludge Mitigation Project
Cajun completed the improvement of ExxonMobil’s effluent facilities in the Baton Rouge Refinery. The project included an above ground concrete mixing tank, large excavations for underground pipe, erection of steel, installation of mechanical rotating equipment and electrical and instrument work. The foremost challenge was the intricate accessibility to the construction zone, which warranted attention and ingenuity. Cajun worked alongside ExxonMobil’s project team to sequence critical cutover plans to minimize production impacts during a successful startup.
MERIT: Performance Contractors, Inc.: Total Petrochemicals – Effluent Piping Replacement Project
Performance used experience, foresight and creative solutions to reduce the project’s duration and exceed the client’s expectations. The project’s success depended on extensive coordination with Louisiana DOTD, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coastguard and the owner, Total Petrochemicals. The project team innovated a solution to minimize the barge crane costs by utilizing a newly invented “Bobby Jack” that was installed on the pipe rack to then be able to install pipe rollers.
General Contractor > Institutional > $10 - $25 million
EXCELLENCE: The Lemoine Company, LLC: Our Savior's Church Opelousas
The project included the construction of a more than 43,000-square-foot sanctuary, youth ministry facility, and cafe along with 247,279-square-feet of asphalt pavement and associated earthwork.
MERIT: Arkel Constructors: Catholic High School Student Center
The project is a 32,000-square-foot, two-story structural steel building composed of materials that complimented the look and feel of the existing campus but with a contemporary updated design. In order to complete the project a month ahead of the contract date, Arkel quickly implemented COVID-19 safety protocols and closely coordinated with all subcontractors.
General Contractor > Mega-Projects > More than $100 million
EXCELLENCE: EXCEL Group: Exxon / XTO Energy Cowboy CDP Project
EXCEL successfully completed the construction of a $378 million grassroots cryogenic gas plant located in an isolated area of New Mexico. The project encompassed three million manhours and EXCEL overcame numerous obstacles, including novel hindrances posed by COVID-19.
General Contractor > Pre-Engineered Building > Up to $100 million
MERIT: Arkel Constructors: Highway Transport Service and Training Center
This facility, located in Geismar, Louisiana, was designed as a one-stop shop for all of Highway Transport’s Gulf Coast Fleet. Arkel worked alongside the design team to identify cost saving options and create an expedited schedule to ensure a smooth transition from design to construction.
General Contractor > Residential > Multifamily and Condominium
EXCELLENCE: The Lemoine Company, LLC: The Heritage at Cajun Village
Located on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Campus, this upper-classmen apartment community consists of five residential buildings that create a pedestrian-friendly living environment with direct connection to the core of the campus.
General Contractor > Special Projects > $2 to $100 million
EXCELLENCE: Barriere Construction Co. LLC: St. Charles Parish Railyard Expansion
The $11.6M project involved the successful fulfillment of contingencies in a lease-to-own agreement between the Port of South Louisiana land and a DOW Chemical company subsidiary that owns and operates DOW’s manufacturing plant in Hahnville, Louisiana. The mission was to construct a new rail yard for storage and maintenance of DOW’s rail cars and related infrastructure on 16 acres of port land adjacent to DOW’s existing facility and to connect the new facility to a DOW-owned rail spur.
Specialty Contractor > Electrical: Industrial > $2 to $10 million
EXCELLENCE: MMR Constructors, Inc.: Gray Wolf Compressor Station
MMR performed the electrical and instrumentation portion of construction for the Greenfield Gray Wolf Compressor Station in Douglas, Wyoming. Much of the project took place in sub-zero temperatures in a remote location with numerous engineering challenges due to the complex design of the systems. These challenges were overcome with zero safety-related incidents during the more than 17,000 work hours needed to finish the project.
MERIT: Westgate, LLC: Dow Chemical Glycol II Sub West & Sub 9 E&I Pre-work and Outage
Located at the DOW Chemical Plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana, the project was a large undertaking for Westgate, which was broken into more than nine different job tasks. Working through the threat of COVID-19, Westgate went above and beyond by keeping the focus on crew safety and completing the work.
Specialty Contractor > Electrical: Industrial > Less than $2 million
EXCELLENCE: MMR Constructors, Inc.: GSU 1,2 & 3 Bus Duct Replacement Project
MMR demoed existing bus ducts from three GSU units and replaced them with a cable system. A temporary transformer was required for GSU-1 due to worldwide delays in shipping and production for key components. MMR worked diligently and strategically while facing multiple hurtles due to the coronavirus pandemic. New and innovative safety measures were developed to ensure the crews health and safety.
MERIT: MMR Constructors Inc.: Project Eddie
MMR was contracted by Southern Ionics to provide construction management, execution and commissioning assistance for the electrical and instrumentation portion of their new greenfield addition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. MMR performed approximately 98% of the scope of work, and ABC members encompassed 80% of the volume of items purchased or rented by MMR. Additionally, the piling contractor, civil contractor, and structural steel contractors were all fellow ABC members.
Specialty Contractor > Exteriors
EXCELLENCE: Classic Industrial Services: Sofidel America: Autumn II
Gray Construction built a new integrated paper production plant for a manufacturer in Inola, Oklahoma. The plant consists of five buildings, covering more than 60 acres, and Classic Industrial Services erected the exterior cladding out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The owner requested 17 different panel types, which included fire-rated panels, complex color transitions, custom curved panels, horizontal and vertical exterior panels and interior insulated metal panels.
Specialty Contractor > Specialty Construction - Commercial > Less than $10 million
EXCELLENCE: Cajun Industries: Entergy Churchill Substation
Cajun installed 468 concrete piles, designed and installed 100 helical piles with seven large concrete foundations, installed 48 timber piles, and set two permanent air bridges for a new substation by utilizing Cajun’s vast and diverse capabilities in all piling disciplines. Cajun’s crews overcame extreme weather and site conditions and a global pandemic to complete this project with zero safety incidents and within schedule.
Specialty Contractor > Specialty Construction - Industrial > Less than $10 million
EXCELLENCE: Cajun Industries: CF Industries - Nitric Acid Storage Tank & Suction Chiller Project
Cajun’s detailed test pile program provided an economical pile design that met all the client’s needs. This design build project had a tight schedule and required two rigs installing DDP piles simultaneously.
MERIT: Sealevel Construction, Inc.: Koch Methanol Piling Project
Sealevel was subcontracted by Brown and Root Industrial Services to install numerous pilings and drilled shafts at a new Koch Methanol Facility along the Mississippi River. Once galvanized, Sealevel’s fabrication division spliced all pipe piles before delivering them to the job site. The scheduling of the project was a process that everyone had to contribute to, including the suppliers, general contractor and Sealevel’s fabrication, trucking and installation teams.
Specialty Contractor > Specialty Construction - Industrial > More than $10 million
EXCELLENCE: Moore Industries: ExxonMobil Occupied Buildings- BRCP CPMO & Lab Hardening
Moore Industries was awarded this $15 MM contract from ExxonMobil to harden an existing 50-year-old 104,000-square foot, four-story main office building and two-story laboratory by installing a structural steel exoskeleton. Moore self-performed 80,000 of the 154,000 project manhours. The project was completed without a single first aid or recordable incident.
About the Excellence in Construction® Awards: ABC’s Excellence in Construction® Awards has become the premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. The EIC Awards honor the skill and creativity of the entire team--contractor, owner, architect and engineer--responsible for an outstanding merit shop construction project.
About ABC Pelican: The Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors was incorporated in 1980, covers 52 parishes in Louisiana and is one of 69 chapters across the country. It is a diverse, non-profit, trade association of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and industry professionals who have joined together to advance the construction industry by supporting their mission, to promote and protect the Merit Shop Philosophy and the principles of the free enterprise system in the construction industry.
Pelican Chapter, ABC is a non-profit organization based in Baton Rouge, LA. For information on Pelican Chapter communications and media contact Erika Walter, 225-448-3348.