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Awards Presented at 30th Annual State Construction Conference

Written by Featured Organization on 24 March 2011.

RALEIGH--The Frank B. Turner Award was presented to a career state employee and Certificates of Merit were awarded to designers and contractors today during the 30th annual State Construction Conference at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Additionally, the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) presented five Good Faith Effort Awards to HUB leaders.

The event, which attracted more than 1,100 contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, landscape architects and representatives of state agencies, was presented by the State Construction Office (SCO) of the N.C. Department of Administration.

The Frank B. Turner Award was presented to Frederick (Fred) A. Patrick, the Director of Facilities Design and Construction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Given annually since 1983, it recognizes a state government employee for dedicated public service and outstanding professional contributions to the built environment.

Patrick has been with UNC-G for the past 23 years. He is both a licensed Architect and a licensed Professional Engineer. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus, with a Bachelor's in Architectural Studies and a Masters in Structural Engineering. He spent a year studying Architecture in Paris, France, and worked for an architect in London for over a year before returning to the U.S. to pursue the advanced Engineering Degree.

Before joining UNC-G, Patrick designed nuclear power plants and various other building types, including ski resorts in California and Colorado. At Best UK Casinos the University, he has overseen approximately $453 million dollars of new and renovated construction equating to over 5 million square feet.

Patrick grew up in a family of bridge contractors and worked in the business at a very young age. Since he has experience in all three building areas, design, construction and being an owner's representative, he has the ability to see all sides of a construction project. He also has three children who have all graduated through North Carolina universities; one studied structural engineering, another architecture, and the last studied business.

The following designers and contractors received Certificates of Merit from the State Building Commission for outstanding achievement:

Excellence in Project Implementation (Less than $5 Million)
LS3P Associates LTD, and Harrod & Associates Constructors, Inc., for the Visitor Center and Picnic Area, Raven Rock State Park, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation

Excellence in Project Implementation(Greater than $5 Million)
Hobbs Architects, PA, and Daniels & Daniels Construction Company, Inc., for the Visitor Center, Fort Macon State Park, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation


The HUB Office presented five Good Faith Effort Awards to recognize outstanding HUB leaders. A new category, Industry/Agency - Individual Award, was introduced this year.

HUB Firm: Dr. Vinod K. Goel, President of A-1 Consulting Group, Inc. (formerly NFE Technologies), which has provided engineering and consulting services for more than 40 years, in recognition of its outstanding achievements as a historically underutilized business.

HUB Advocate: Zack Abegunrin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management at N.C. Central University, in recognition of his dedication in promoting and advocating for historically underutilized businesses.

Professional Service/Construction Industry Company: Wexford/Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, joint venture, in recognition of its outstanding efforts for HUB Outreach and Utilization with the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

Public Sector Owner/Agency: Winston-Salem State University: Owen Cooks, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities, and Brenda Fulmore, HUB Coordinator, in recognition of its commitment to the State's HUB Program and Utilization of HUB firms.

Industry/Agency - Individual Award: Mark Collins, Project Manager, Skanska USA Building, Inc., in recognition of his exemplary diligence and accomplishments in promoting the HUB Program.

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