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Northern Nevada’s top construction projects honored at 13th annual PINNACLE Awards



Northern Nevada’s construction community showcased its best work of the past year at the 13th annual PINNACLE Awards, sponsored by the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

The PINNACLE Awards program was established in 1999 by the Nevada Chapter AGC to honor the “Best of the Best” in Northern Nevada construction projects, recognizing construction leadership, excellence and community spirit. Independent judges measure entries based on safety, craftsmanship, challenges met, client relations and “green” building practices.

General contractors vie for the PINNACLE Award in two divisions: under and over $5 million. Specialty Contractors vie for the Pinnacle in the over $500,000 and under $500,000 category. This year there were 12 entries from five companies.

Projects competed in these categories:

  • Excellence in Project Management
  • Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job
  • Sensitivity to Environment/History/Culture
  • Excellence in Client Service

This year’s winners were announced at a luncheon Friday at the Atlantis Convention Center.

2011 PINNACLE Award Winners

Specialty Contractors

Excellence in Client Service: Under $500,000
Martin Iron Works
VA Correct Outpatient Mental Health Deficiencies

Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job: Over $500,000
JW McClenahan Co.
South Lake Tahoe H.S. Boiler Replacement

General Contractors

Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job: Over $5 Million
Granite Construction
Truckee River Canyon

Sensitivity to Environment/history/Culture: Under $5 Million
Q & D Construction
Thunderbird Lodge

Excellence in Project Management: Over $5 Million
Q & D Construction
Interstate 80 Between Painted Rock and East Fernley

Excellence in Client Services: Under $5 Million
Q & D Construction
Saint Mary’s Cardiovascular Suite


General Contractor

Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job: Over $5 Million
Q & D Construction
Idaho Street Reconstruction

2011 AGC Partnering Award
AGC Partnering Award*
New this year is the ACG Partnering Award, modeled after National AGC’s Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award. In today’s construction environment, being able to get many people on the same page is essential to success. The Partnering Award recognizes unique and successful partnerships needed to complete complex construction projects. Contractors honored with this award stand out for their ability in the following areas:

• Signing a formal partnering charter
• Honoring all stake holders
• Resolving Conflict
• Improving communication on the project with all audiences
• Incorporating team-building activities


Granite Construction
US-395 Widening Moana to I-80

Q & D Construction
Interstate 80 Painted Rock to East Fernley

About the AGC
The AGC and its 300 member firms represent nearly half of the Washoe County construction jobs. PINNACLE entries represent the “Best of the Best” projects. The PINNACLE Awards bring together Northern Nevada’s top general contractors, specialty contractors and building professionals.

The Nevada Chapter AGC was formed in 1939 by a group of Nevadans intent on replacing the dangerous gravel roads that connected Northern Nevada with modern pavement. They evolved into the modern AGC, whose goal is to use skill, integrity and responsibility to build a better community.

AGC membership has been the first to step up to be a good neighbor. These services include:
• Donating labor and materials to local charity groups
• Donating dollars for the University of Nevada scholarships since 1963, now more than $500,000
• Supporting the Academy for Career Education, the ACE Charter High School which provides construction education curriculum for Washoe County students.
• Providing disaster relief with equipment and manpower during times of flood and fire

The Nevada Chapter AGC has been active in national and regional construction issues including job site safety and worker health care, vocational education and recognizing the best in local building. For more information, log on to www.nevadaagc.org.

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