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  • Go Build Honored Nationally

    Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), was recognized during the 2014 Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Awards of Excellence Celebration in Houston, Texas for the campaign’s contributions to workforce development. Go Build was one of eight initiatives recognized at the national conference.

    “It is an honor to receive national recognition for the success of Go Build Alabama,” said Jason Phelps, executive director of the ACRI. “Our campaign provides students with information about a viable career option in the construction industry. We see the need for a training pipeline to fill the future needs of our industry and are working ahead to get students into training in Alabama.”

    Since the inception of Go Build Alabama in 2010, Go Build Alabama ambassadors have attended more than 200 college and career fairs across the state and reached over 256,000 students.  The Alabama Department of Education reported a 51 percent increase in first-year career technical education (CTE) class enrollments in the 2013-14 school year. Out of that group, 33 percent of CTE students said Go Build played a direct role in their decision to enter the skilled trades.

    Aside from grassroots activation, the campaign’s success is heavily dependent on advertising. From May 2013 to May 2014, the campaign aired 5,384 television and 736 radio spots and at the same time introduced one spot aimed at women in the construction industry and one at a younger demographic.

    In 2014, Go Build Alabama also introduced an e-textbook, mobile app and website. The e-textbook – which provides students with knowledge of the trades and training in an interactive, entertaining way – was developed through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Education and funded by a grant from the Alabama Power Foundation. The mobile app has the capability to put students and job seekers in direct contact with representatives at training facilities, apprenticeship programs and community colleges across the state. And with the development and implementation of a new website, Go Build Alabama now presents its content in a simpler visual format and mobile-responsive design – and with a newly created educators’ portal filled with resources for the classroom.

    “The fresh look and new additions to the Go Build Alabama campaign – coupled with the positive correlation in the campaign to the number of students enrolling in CTE classes – made the initiative an obvious choice to receive a recognition during the CURT Workforce Development Conference,” said Phelps.

    ACRI launched the Go Build campaign in August of 2010 in effort to prepare for the anticipated shortage as older tradesmen leave the workforce. One third of all skilled tradesmen in the construction industry are over the age of 50. With their retirement on the horizon, training programs are not producing enough young workers to replace those exiting the industry. The Go Build campaign aims to recruit the next generation of skilled construction trade workers.

    For more information on Go Build Alabama, please visit  


  • CompTrustAGC: The Best in the Industry

    Alabama AGC’s workers’ compensation fund, CompTrustAGC, remains one of the largest, most stable construction self-insured fund in the state. CompTrustAGC is the only self-insured fund in Alabama with an A.M. Best rating of A-.

    What does this mean to a contractor? While you work hard to ensure that your business is financially secure you may not be if you are in a fund that is not financially secure. Participants in a self-insured fund are joint and several liable for the other participants. So, if the fund you are in is not financially sound you could be responsible for liabilities it incurs.

    CompTrustAGC has more than $90 million in assets with a well-capitalized members’ equity. Since 1994, CompTrustAGC has returned more than $101 million in contribution credits to its members.

    You can become a leader in the industry through participation in Alabama AGC. And, you have the ability to place your business with a secure, financially sound workers’ compensation fund located in Alabama with a secured A.M. Best rating that no other Alabama fund has.

    With today’s economy, this gives you the peace of mind of knowing you are indeed looking out for your company’s best interest.

    The AM Best rating process involves a comprehensive analysis of a company’s balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile.  This includes comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management.

    A.M. Best Company is a global full-service credit rating agency dedicated to serving the insurance industry.  It began assigning ratings in 1906, making it the first of today’s agencies to use symbols to differentiate the relative creditworthiness of companies.

    You may see CompTrustAGC’s rating by going to and using the A.M. Best #055028 or by typing in Alabama Branch of Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. Self–Insurers Fund.

    In addition to that rating, CompTrustAGC has given back $101.4 million in contribution credits (dividends) since 1994.  Approximately 330 Alabama AGC members participate in the fund.

    During the 2014 year, our insured’s have been receiving their share of $3 million in credits.

    Also, Alabama AGC has the ability to apply additional discounts to the already reduced premium on new submissions until the insured is eligible to participate in our dividend program.

    Contact Josh Caton at (205) 451-1400 or for membership information. Contact, or have your agent contact, Tammy King at (205) 451-1414 or to get a workers’ compensation quote.


  • Alabama Construction Hall of Fame: An Outstanding Class of Nominees

    The list of nominees for induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame at the 2015 Alabama AGC BuildSouth Awards Banquet on Jan. 16 at The Club has been set. Inducted into the ACHOF in 2014 were Robert Paul Barnett, Barnett Associates; Patrick Davis, CMH Architects; Leroy McAbee, Sr., McAbee Construction; Earlon C. McWhorter, McWhorter and Co.; Sam Moore, Moore Corporation

    Other Hall of Fame Members are:

    2013 – Jamie Aycock, Alain J. Gallet, the late Leon Goddard and William A. Hunt

    2012 – Richard E. Barrow, Frank M. Cater, James S.M. French and W.S. “Billy Newell

    2011 — Robert E. Almon, Jim Anthony, Daniel D. Bennett, the late

    Norman Walton, Sr.

    2010 — James Floyd Pate, Sr., Major L. Holland, Richard Saliba and

    Glenn Bishop

    2009 — D. Riley Stuart, Joseph P. Giattina Jr. and Henry T. Hagood Jr.

    2008 — The late Benjamin Hogan Craig, Jr.,William W. Herrin, the late

    J.V. Rives, Jr., Charles H. Sain and Norman Walton, Jr.

    2007 — Bill Harbert, W.K. Upchurch, Jr., and the late Bill Caton, Sr.

    2006 — Houston Brice, Sr., Hugh Daniel and John Harbert

    2005 — John Caddell

    2004 — M. Miller Gorrie

    2003 — Winton “Red” Blount

    2002 — George Edwards

    2001 — The late D.W. “Bill” Ellard, Paul B. Krebs, Nicholas H. Holmes Jr.

    The Alabama AGC established the ACHOF to honor and recognize outstanding individuals in the construction industry. These individuals are held in esteem by their peers and have demonstrated their professionalism through active support of the industry through their civic and community involvement. In short, only those who have literally changed the landscape of our state and nation will be enshrined in the ACHOF.

    One must have served the Alabama or Florida construction industry – as a general contractor, a specialty contractor or supplier, an architect or an engineer – for at least 25 years to be eligible for the hall of fame.

    Nominated for induction into the ACHOF during the 2015 BuildSouth Awards Banquet in January are:

    Gerald “Gerry” V. Anderson, Jr. – Anderson Construction

    Mr. Anderson is a third-generation contractor and has worked in the construction industry for more than 50 years. In 1964, he co-founded Anderson Construction Company and has helped build the company from a used pickup truck with a borrowed wheelbarrow into a multi-million dollar corporation. Like many small contractors, Mr. Anderson has worn many hats in his career – starting as an apprentice carpenter in 1958, working as a field supervisor and progressing to estimating and project management roles before becoming a corporate officer. Throughout his career, Mr. Anderson has been involved in the construction of more than 150 buildings in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida and has truly shaped the landscape of our region.

    Uday R. Bhate – Bhate Geosciences Corp.

    With more than 40 years of experience in designing and managing large complex geotechnical and construction materials engineering projects, Mr. Bhate is best known for practical and cost-effective solutions to difficult site and subsurface engineering problems. Mr. Bhate has served as principal on more than 10,000 construction projects, many of which have been fast-track, where design and construction activities occurred simultaneously. Project sizes have ranged from small to in excess of $3 billion. He founded Bhate Geosciences Corp. in 1973.

    Don Brown – Brown Studio Architecture

    Mr. Brown founded Brown Studio Architecture in Montgomery more than 30 years ago. His firm has completed more than 2,000 projects valued at more than $1 billion. Brown’s education includes art history at Williams College and the Auburn University School of Architecture, where he has also served as an assistant professor and chaired the Architecture School’s advisory council. He has served as chair of the Montgomery Historic Development Commission, the Alabama Architectural Foundation, and the Alabama Council on the Arts and Humanities. He served as ArchiPAC chair from 2008 through 2010 and developed a strategic plan for national political outreach and tactical engagement for the AIA.    

    John Downs – Qualico Steel Co., Inc.

    Mr. Downs founded Qualico Steel in 1976 to provide quality structural steel fabrication and erection to owners and general contractors primarily on small commercial projects within a 100-mile radius. He quickly made a name for prompt service, honesty and quality. In 1984, he started a planned growth process and concentrated his efforts on medium-sized commercial and industrial projects throughout the Southeastern United States. From that success, Qualico has grown into a major structural steel manufacturer of medium-to-large industrial and commercial projects, specializing in fast-track projects and high labor specialty fabrication and painting. Qualico’s services include complete engineering, efficient fabrication and top-of-the-line blasting and cleaning in a 474,000-square-foot facility.

    James Calvin Harbison – Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

    Mr. Harbison grew up in Walker County and graduated from Walker High School before coming to Birmingham to enter the construction industry. He began work in the carpentry trade and his ability and leadership were soon recognized and he moved rapidly ip the line from apprentice to carpenter to lead man to foreman to superintendent. Mr. Harbison joined Brasfield & Gorrie in 1969 and Brasfield Chairman Miller Gorrie referred to Mr. Harbison as the “most exciting hire I ever made.” In 1977 Mr. Harbison became general superintendent. Said Mr. Gorrie: “For over 40 years of his active construction career, there was no person in the construction industry in Alabama with more integrity and competence and having the respect of all individuals at all levels than James.”

    David Hare – B.L. Harbert International

    Mr. Hare has been known to start his day with boots in the dirt consulting a site superintendent, then lead a lunch and learn on safety best practices, then finish the day flying to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for our industry’s best interests.  From humble roots, Mr. Hare has helped revitalize construction trades as a viable and respectable profession and has restored the pride in safety and workmanship that is essential for our industry to remain strong and influential. In his 44 years in the industry, Mr. Hare has led, inspired, educated and built across the state and nation. He has literally changed the landscape of Alabama.  Mr. Hare joined B.L. Harbert International in 2000, where he is vice president and general superintendent.

    Ralph A. Hargrove – Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

    Mr. Hargrove’s reputation for quality work and his dedication to building relationships led several potential clients to encourage Ralph to start a technical services business. In 1995, he first opened shop in the attic of his home in Mobile, Alabama, with only a handful of employees. As business opportunities steadily increased, he realized there was a need in the Mobile industrial community not only for specialized technical services, but also for quality engineering and project management services. He positioned his firm to provide services for small projects, retrofits, incremental automation improvements and turnarounds – work that the larger competitors largely ignored. As Hargrove Engineers + Constructors grew, it maintained its reputation for being the “right people, in the right place, at the right time.” Because Hargrove upheld its dedication to completing projects with quality, speed and professionalism, the company began to be awarded more and more major capital, turnkey and multi-discipline projects and is now regarded as one of Alabama’s largest privately-held companies.

    As the president and president of the board of this employee-owned company, Ralph has made it his personal mission to ensure leadership is developed and encouraged throughout the company and that every project – no matter how large or small – is handled with the utmost attention to safety, quality, communication, and meeting scope, schedule, and budget expectations.

     The late Ben M. Radcliff, Sr. – Ben M. Radcliff Contractor, Inc.

    Mr. Radcliff was a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) where he received degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering.  He was the founder and Chairman of the Board of Ben M. Radcliff Contracting, a company he founded in 1956 which specializes in commercial and industrial construction. Mr. Radcliff was a tremendous asset to the construction industry in Mobile for over 51 years.  Mr. Radcliff was a Past President and founding member of the Mobile Chapter, AGC.  He was involved in numerous civic and mystic organizations throughout his career and gave generously of his time and efforts.

    William K. Whitesell, Jr. – Whitesell-Green, Inc.

    Mr. Whitesell graduated from High Point High School in High Point, NC in 1958. He graduated from North Carolina State with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Whitesell and his partner, Ralph Green, founded Whitesell-Green in 1970. WGI has more than 40 years of public/private construction and design-build contracting experience throughout the Southeast, having built more than 400 heavy/commercial projects WGI is licensed to perform construction in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. Mr. Whitesell served as president of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the AGC in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He was president of the Florida AGC Council in 1979. He also has served on the AGCA Federal Heavy Division Committee since 1994. He also serves at the national level on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Committee, the NAVFAC Committee and is a Life Director.




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