USF Noted for Construction Projects

Associated Builders and Contractors honors the top construction projects on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


USF President Judy Genshaft (center holding trophy) is joined by the winners in the Excellence in Construction Awards hosted by Associated Builders and Contractors.


Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2013) – The University of South Florida was among the big winners in the annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration hosted by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.


The competition highlights top construction projects and the firms that displayed exemplary commitment to excellence, innovation and quality. The event was held April 19 at the Hilton Downtown Hotel in Tampa.


“ABC is pleased to present these industry-leading construction projects and firms with our Excellence in Construction awards,” said ABC President and CEO Steve Cona III. “This year’s winners are exceptional examples of the outstanding craftsmanship, professionalism and commitment to safety that embody merit shop construction.”


The Excellence in Construction award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the state, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.


Big Winners


Construction User of Year – University of South Florida

Associated Builders and Contractors honored the University of South Florida with their inaugural Construction User of the Year Award.  From 2011-2013, USF’s economic impact on the commercial construction industry was estimated at over $100 million.  USF projects included their new athletic facilities, Sun Dome renovation and their CAMLS project all received the industry’s prestigious “Eagle Awards”.    USF President Judy Genshaft and her team were on hand to accept this distinguished award.  “This is a great honor for the University of South Florida, which has worked diligently to build a modern campus that is not only functional and beautiful, but reflects our commitment to sustainability and the careful use of scarce public resources,” said Genshaft. “Our newest university buildings not only provide a venue for our students and student-athletes to learn and compete, but is where our students grow and reach their goals. We are grateful that our community uses, appreciates and values our campus as much as we do.”


General Contractor Project of the Year – The Beck Group

University of South Florida CAMLS - CAMLS is a 90,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, three-story facility with every possible form of health professional education and training, for individuals and teams, under one roof. CAMLS integrates simulation technology, aviation science, team training, and evidence-based best practice into innovative programs with measurable outcomes. CAMLS combines cutting-edge simulation with research and innovation to move the latest advances in healthcare into practice.  The Beck Group was charged with designing and building a facility to house all of five major focus areas which is at the core of CAMLS philosophy.


Sub-Contractor Project of the Year – Tri-City Electrical Contractors

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Parking Garage & Casino Expansion - A major expansion of the Seminole Tampa Hard Rock Casino was comprised of adding 750 new slot machines, 25 new table games, and pool deck with an outdoor stage.  The project also included a Vegas Style Pedestrian Bridge people mover with Memo lighted cases of Rock & Roll super stars.  A total of 96,000 man hours were used by the project’s completion and Tri-City’s combined portion was valued in excess of $8.3 million.  Tri-City completed the project on time achieving the highest standards of superior craftsmanship.