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Contractors and community leaders honored at awards banquet



A long-time leader in underground construction who was an original supporter of the Truckee Meadows Boys & Girls Club, and the longest-tenured executive director of an Associated General Contactors of America Chapter were honored yesterday during the Nevada Chapter Associated General Contractors’ 45th SIR Awards Banquet held at the Atlantis Resort Casino in Reno.

An acronym for the AGC motto, “Skill, Integrity and Responsibility,” the SIR Award is given to honor the men, women and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Nevada, our quality of life and the construction industry. Originating with the Nevada Chapter in 1967, the SIR Award was adopted by AGC chapters nationwide, including the national office in Washington, D.C.

National award winners include Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford along with educators, humanitarians, business leaders and many unsung heroes.

During the four-plus decades since the award’s inception, Nevada Chapter AGC has given out nearly 100 SIR Awards to individuals and firms that embody Skill, Integrity and Responsibility.

Chris Gerhardt, President and Co-Founder of Gerhardt & Berry Construction

This posthumous SIR Award recognizes a five-decade construction career that not only planted the roots of our community, but built friendships that ran even deeper. Gerhardt’s underground company, established with Ken Berry in 1966, handled many of the difficult sewer and water main construction projects throughout the Truckee Meadows and Northern Nevada. He quietly contributed to the Boys and Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows and Yerington, as well as the athletic and academic programs at Bishop Manouge High School

John Madole, Executive Director, Nevada Chapter AGC

Madole has been the name and face of construction in Northern Nevada for four decades. He first came to the AGC in 1972 as assistant manager and soon after became its lead executive. He is a lead negotiator on local labor contracts, with only one work stoppage in his forty years, a leader at the Nevada Legislature on construction issues and counsel to more than 35 chapter presidents. Under Madole’s leadership, the AGC has fostered crucial local infrastructure improvements and numerous community projects ranging from parks and trails, to the Ronald McDonald House and the establishment of the ACE Charter High School for construction education.


Q & D Construction and Valley Concrete Company, Inc. were named top general and sub-contractor for 2011 by members of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors, representing Northern Nevada’s leading construction companies and associated businesses.

Quality, ethics, dependability and high professional standards are the foundation of the AGC’s Construction Industry Awards. The winners are determined by the votes of their fellow members for work in 2011. These peers are the men and women who work with these firms and see first-hand how these firms perform on a daily basis. These coveted awards are based on how firms keep to a schedule, pay their bills, maintain a safe work environment and produce quality work with skill, integrity and responsibility.

Q & D Construction in Sparks, NV, specializes in commercial building, general engineering, custom mill working, and public infrastructure such as roads and pipelines. The company was founded in 1964. In 2011, Q & D’s high profile projects included the Truckee Meadows Water Authority Glendale Water Supply Improvement Project, Autumn Village Apartments, and the Assumption Church in Truckee,CA. Q & D is a 12-time winner of this award.

Valley Concrete Company, Inc of Reno, NV was founded in 1964 by William Balsi, who now sits as the president of the company.  This is their third subcontractor of the year award. Valley is one of the oldest concrete contracting firms in Nevada, specializing in all areas of concrete construction — residential, commercial, and industrial. Valley has supported numerous youth activities and AGC committee projects.

Also receiving top awards in their categories were:

Supplier of the Year: Western Nevada Supply Established more than 40 years ago in Sparks, Nevada, Western Nevada Supply is one of the West Coast’s premier wholesale houses providing plumbing, water works, HVAC, irrigation, hydronics & solar, industrial (PVF), tools and fencing products with many state-of-the-art kitchen & bath showrooms. Under the direction of the Reviglio family, Western Nevada has also earned a reputation as one the community’s top corporate contributors to youth and families in need.  This is their third Supplier of the Year award.

Design Professional of the Year: Hartman Engineering, LLC has 30-plus years experience in the design of all types of structural systems and rehabilitation projects, which include manufacturing facilities, hospitals, highway structures, warehouses, commercial buildings, universities and schools.  Services are provided to architectural clients, contractors, owners and government organizations. This company has been a leader in AGC’s education and community programs. They are an eight-time winner of this award.

The awards were announced yesterday at the Nevada Chapter’s Annual Convention held at Atlantis Resort Casino in Reno, NV.

The Nevada Chapter AGC was formed in 1939 by a group of Nevadans to replace the dangerous gravel roads in northern Nevada with modern asphalt. Now the group has become known for more than building roads.

AGC members have battled floods, built hospitals, parks and schools. Over 200 members strong, the Nevada Chapter strives to support the image and awareness of the construction industry and the community quality of life with “Skill, Integrity and Responsibility.”

The AGC represents Northern Nevada’s top general contractors and building professionals The AGC has dedicated itself to enriching the quality of future professionals in Nevada. The AGC is designed to create a cohesive environment in the construction field for the purpose of creating unity among members, building a professional work environment, increasing work satisfaction, and improving job performance.

 The Nevada Chapter AGC building is located at 5400 Mill St. Reno, NV 89502. The Nevada Chapter AGC may also be contacted by phone at 775-329-6116 or visit www.nevadaagc.org.  



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