The Super Bowl for Construction Honors the Best of Houston

Houston, TX— Thursday, October 20, 2016, was a star-studded night at the Wortham Theater Center as some of the finest in the construction industry were honored at the Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Houston Chapter’s (ABC) annual Excellence in Construction (EIC) Gala. Member companies submitted their best work to compete in various categories while hoping to win the coveted traveling award— Best of Houston—talk about bragging rights!

More than 300 guests attended the dinner and ceremony. The legendary Spencer Tillman, the former Oilers and University of Oklahoma running back, was the event’s emcee. Anxious finalists and guests were treated with light-hearted jokes and words of encouragement as he announced the Merit and ICE award winners throughout the night.


To keep the voting fair, an outside firm was chosen to decide the Best of Houston award winner. D.E. Harvey Builders, Inc. was awarded the Best in  Houston Award for the Five Oaks Tower/BHP Billiton Tower. (A complete list of winners is below & view event photos here).

“More than one-third of a project’s score is rated on safety. ABC members place high value on having and maintaining a safe job site. The EIC awards  are a testament to their dedication to safety—making ABC members America’s Best Contractors,” Russell Hamley, ABC Greater Houston President, said.

This event, established in 2000, recognizes outstanding projects in the commercial and industrial construction industry. Projects are evaluated by local  Owners, Architects, and Engineers on: safety, execution of design, craftsmanship, attention to detail, installation, and other considerations. The award  not only praises remarkable feats in the construction industry, but also the project’s safety record.

Many of the submitted projects are completed with no recordable injuries, a testimony to ABC Greater Houston members’ commitment to a safe and skilled workforce. Award finalists also have the opportunity to submit their projects to compete in the National ABC EIC Awards Competition held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March 2017.

About ABC Greater Houston
Based on the Merit Shop and Free Enterprise principles, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston helps members win construction related work and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. ABC is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms.

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