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10.02.2014 Crowder Receives Second 2014 STEP Award

ABC of the Carolinas held their 5th Annual Safety Conference on October 2, 2014 in Charlotte NC. This annual event promotes living the safety culture to ensure everyone gets home safely.  The conference included sharing best practices with breakout sessions throughout the day. Guest keynote luncheon speaker, DOL Commissioner Cherie Berry addressed the attendees and honored various companies with STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Program) Awards.  Crowder Construction Company received the North and South Carolina Platinum Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award in recognition of excellent safety practices on jobsites. Our commitment to safety is continually demonstrated through the hard work of our fantastic project teams!

Crowder's Scott Allen with NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry
09.09.2014 Jaimee Brooks Promoted to Payroll Manager

We are excited to share that Jaimee Brooks has been promoted to Payroll Manager! Jaimee has been with Crowder nearly two years and during that time she has worked hard to enhance payroll procedures and make the weekly payroll process more efficient and accurate. Jaimee has demonstrated leadership and stability in the Payroll Department and we certainly appreciate her hard work and dedication!  Please join us in congratulating Jaimee on this promotion!

09.04.2014 Mike Basham Earns MESH Certification

Heavy Civil Safety Coordinator, Mike Basham, also earned his Manager of Safety and Health (MESH) certification in June.  Congratulations, Mike!!

09.02.2014 Jessie Aguilera Receives MESH Certification

Jessie Aguilera, Crowder Civil & Environmental Division's SC Regional Safety Coordinator, received his Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) certification in June,  Congratulations, Jessie!

08.28.2014 Jenn Williams Earns PHR Certification

 Congratulations to Employee Service's Jenn Williams on recently achieving her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification!

06.26.2014 Crowder Recognized by ABC of Georgia

Crowder Construction Company was presented a 2014 Excellence in Construction (EIC) Award given by the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Georgia, Inc. for their work on the Simon Solar project – a 175-acre solar farm in Social Circle, Georgia.

The EIC program highlights the innovation, quality and vision of a project’s entire construction team and evaluates projects for their complexity, level of challenge, safety, and completion time, among other qualities.  

Crowder was also presented the 2014 Platinum Level Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Award at the same ceremony. The STEP awards recognize effective safety practices on jobsites and Crowder’s receipt of this award highlights our commitment to safety throughout the company.

L to R:  Matt Brackman, Jeremy Mullins, Larry Appling, and Scott Allen 
03.01.2014 Crowder Wins 2013 Pinnacle Award

Crowder Construction Company received the CAGC 2013 Pinnacle Award for Best Utility Project February 1, 2014 for the R.B. Simms Water Treatment Plant and Lake Blalock WTP Improvements project for Spartanburg Water System (SWS).  Crowder’s Partners in Excellence were URS and Constantine Engineering.

SWS was looking to ensure an adequate water supply for at least two generations, and identified nearly $44 million in technological and electrical improvements.  However, their budget was only 2/3 of that figure.  They proceeded with an “alternate delivery method” — a first for this owner, letting it as a qualifications-based progressive design-build project.   Not only was the project successfully completed safely with no interruption in service and on schedule, it was completed under budget.

The project was completed with zero lost workdays and zero restricted days.  Crowder’s site-specific safety plan resulted in 129,501 man-hours worked and only one recordable accident.

03.01.2014 Crowder Selected to Repair Historic Battery Seawall

Crowder Construction Company is securing a part of history as the selected contractor to repair significant deterioration at the Historic Battery Park Seawall in Charleston, S.C.  The original palmetto log seawall was destroyed during an 1804 storm and rebuilt in stone in 1820.  In 1893, a hurricane again brought about measures to strengthen the wall.

Plans partially include:  installation of a temporary cofferdam and dewatering systems, removal and disposal of the existing concrete seawall, installation of new composite (concrete and steel) piles and construction of a new reinforced concrete foundation and seawall structure.

The first phase of the project involves the reconstruction of “The Turn,” the portion of the High Battery that connects the stone High Battery along the East Battery with Low Battery along Murray Boulevard.

For more detailed information please see City of Charleston website at http://www.charleston-sc.gov.

07.15.2013 Crowder Pushes Forward in Simon Solar Farm Project

Crowder Construction Company, Apex, NC, is in the process of successfully completing a project at the Simon Solar Farm Photo Voltaic Plant in Social Circle, GA, which was awarded May 6, 2013.

The 170-acre site has 3 phases. Crowder is currently installing support piles and solar panels in phase 1, as grading continues in phases 2 and 3. Despite higher than normal rainfall challenging the team to maintain the schedule, Crowder still estimates the project to be completed on time in December 2013.

The Simon Solar Farm Project is already creating a positive impact in the local community by employing local residents to install the new solar equipment. Completion of this project will provide a blueprint for future local solar projects.
 

         

05.21.2013 Crowder Presented Safety Awards by ABC of Georgia

Crowder was presented the Diamond STEP award as well as the Award of Safety Excellence by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Georgia, Inc. at the chapter’s annual luncheon held May 20.  The awards are given yearly to Georgia contractors who have achieved low rates of on-the-job accidents and demonstrated the highest commitment to safety. 

ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards recognize members who employ effective safety practices on their jobsites, and are based on 20 key elements of contractor safety programs such as management commitment, pre-planning for safety on jobsites, safety training and resources committed to safety. 

This Diamond award is the highest STEP level achievable.  Diamond-level winners must have an incidence rate at least 50% below the national Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) average in their particular NAICS code for at least three consecutive years and have an EMR (or “mod factor”) at or below 0.700 (0.800 for companies with fewer than 100 employees).

Winners of the Georgia Safety Awards of Excellence are determined by calculating a company’s total incident rate and the amount of time lost due to job-related injuries. To achieve this award, companies must have had no employee fatalities, and their total recordable and lost time rates must both be lower than the national average. 

04.17.2013 Crowder Awarded Roanoke (AL) WWTF

Crowder Construction Company was awarded the contract for the Roanoke Waste Water Treatment Facility project in Roanoke, AL on August 2, 2012.  The project consists of the construction of a new wastewater treatment facility.   This project is currently under construction with a scheduled completion date of October 1, 2013.  Crowder received Notice to Proceed from the Utilities Board of the City of Roanoke, AL on October 1, 2012.

    

04.17.2013 Crowder Awarded R.L. Sutton Contract

Crowder Construction Company was awarded the contract for the R.L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facility Biosolids Receiving Station project in Cobb County, Georgia.  This project consists of the construction of improvements to the solids handling system at the R.L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facility.  The Biosolids Receiving Station will provide the means to introduce dewatered sewage biosolids, received via truck delivery from off-site sources, to the fluidized bed incineration system at the Sutton WRF.
Crowder Construction received Notice to Proceed on January 14, 2013.

04.17.2013 Crowder Receives Contract Approval

Crowder Construction Company was given contract approval for the McAlpine Creek Wastewater Management Facility (MCWWMF) project.  Crowder is teamed with HDR Engineering to deliver the first design-build project for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (CMU). 

The effluent filter upgrade and expansion project at the MCWWMF involves using a progressive design-build (DB) approach to achieve CMU’s goal of overcoming the technical, financial and regulatory challenges this project presented. The team has worked closely with NC DENR to achieve permitting requirements, and to ensure the approved contract meets the budget and schedule needs for CMU.

The MCWWMF is located near Pineville, NC, adjacent to McAlpine Creek, and is the largest of the CMU treatment plants with a maximum month treatment capacity of 64 mgd.

03.15.2013 Crowder Honored as Healthiest Employer

Crowder was named one of Charlotte’s Healthiest Employers in the large company category by the Charlotte Business Journal during their third annual Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte awards event. Click here to read more:  www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2013/03/15/19-charlotte-area-companies-honored-as.html

L-R:  Carol Byassee, Otis Crowder, Christa Davenport, Bill Crowder, Jody Barbee
01.15.2013 Crowder is 2013 National AGC Award Recipient

Crowder Construction Company was selected as the winner of the National 2013 AGC Build America Award in the Municipal and Utilities Renovation category for their performance on improvements made to the TZ Osborne Water Reclamation Facility in Greensboro, NC.

The prestigious award honors the nation’s outstanding construction projects which epitomize excellence in the commercial construction industry. These projects reflect the crucial combination of excellent client service, talented project management, and the positive impact it has to the community.

The TZ Osborne Water Reclamation Facility, which was commissioned in 1984, was built as part of a continuous program by the City of Greensboro to improve the quality of the environment within the city, as well as its streams and waterways. However, a failing incineration unit caused sludge disposal costs to rise, directly impacting the community.

Crowder replaced the outdated equipment with a state-of-the-art fluidized bed incinerator which assures the City of Greensboro a more cost effective and efficient method for managing their sludge disposal and for controlling associated costs to the City.

09.22.2012 AHA Walk 2012

The Crowder Stompers once again participated in the Greater Charlotte Walk for the American Heart Association (AHA) in uptown Charlotte, NC on Saturday, September 22nd.  The AHA works to raise awareness and funds to promote physical activity to build healthier lives while freeing people of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Their mission directly relates to and impacts Crowder's Change 4 Health Wellness Program and Crowder Stompers drove from both the Apex, NC and Spartanburg, SC divisions to walk alongside our Corporate Services and Heavy Civil team in a great show of support.  Together, we raised just under $12K.  Thank you to all of those who donated and a special thanks goes out to ALL the Crowder Stompers who participated!

09.07.2012 ASCE Presents Small Project of Year Award

Crowder Civil & Environmental's RM Clayton Cogeneration Project was presented with the Small Project of the Year Award by the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Georgia Section.  Crowder Construction and Hazen & Sawyer accepted the award as the design-build team along with the project owner, the City of Atlanta.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ASCE Georgia Section.

ASCE Award Recipients From Left to Right: Ray Wilke (City of Atlanta), Sam Krishnan (City of Atlanta), Jo Anne Macrina (Dept. of Watershed Commissioner, City of Atlanta), Scott Hardy (Engineer, Hazen & Sawyer), Rory McGoff (Project Manager, Crowder Construction)
07.26.2012 Zemel Road Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project Awarded LMOP Project of the Year

Crowder is pleased to announce that the Zemel Road Landfill Gas-to-Energy project has been named the 2011 Project of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).  This award recognizes superior innovation, realization of environmental and economic benefits, and achievement in advancing landfill gas energy projects.

Crowder’s project team worked with the developer, Lime Energy, to design and build a facility which will maximize usage of the available gas at the Zemel Road Landfill, located in Charlotte County, FL.  As the EPC Contractor for this project, Crowder was responsible for the installation of two 1.4MW generators and more than five miles of distribution cable to connect to the electrical grid.  The team overcame the challenge of high landfill gas hydrogen sulfide levels by implementing an innovative, cost-efficient BioGasclean system, the first application of this landfill gas technology in the United States.

In October 2011, the project began generating 2.8 MW through the use of two GE-Jenbacher engines. Crowder provided its partner, Lime Energy, with a state-of-the-art generation facility with the capability to be remotely monitored and controlled.

07.26.2012 Crowder Completes Martinsville Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

Crowder Construction Company recently completed the $1.7 million landfill gas-to-energy project for the City of Martinsville, VA. Crowder teamed with an engineering partner, Richardson Smith & Gardner (RSG), to design and build this project.
 

This project is estimated to save the city an average of $300,000 annually by reducing the amount the city pays to buy electricity. Other benefits to the city include carbon credits that are earned by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide release and renewable credits.

This project, which uses the landfill gas to make electricity, was built in two phases. It was funded by the city and a $1 million grant of pass-through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
 

07.26.2012 Crowder Wins the AGC’s Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Special Recognition Award

July 26, 2012  --  Crowder Construction Company was recently recognized by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) with the prestigious Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Special Recognition Award for their work on the Anniston Army Depot Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant in Anniston, AL. Presented at the AGC’s Annual Convention in Hawaii, the award recognizes the nation’s most impressive construction projects of 2012.

“Crowder is honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Carlos Norris, Executive Vice President of Crowder Construction Company, “The relationships we built with the Owner, our partners and the local community helped us drive this important projects’ success.”

The wastewater treatment plant project included construction of pretreatment facilities, lift stations, reinforced concrete tanks, chemical feed building and control/lab building. The Anniston Army Depot is a mission critical Department of Defense maintenance facility operating 24 hours per day with strict security requirements. The O’Brien & Gere and Crowder Construction team coordinated activities with the Depot, sometimes working around the clock to ensure daily activities were not interrupted. The project was completed ahead of schedule with minimal disruption to facility operations.

 

06.12.2012 Crowder Awarded $12.1 Million SCDOT Bridge Replacement Project

The S.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $12,134,209 million contract to Crowder Construction Company for the Bridge Replacement over CSX Railroad on US 15 in Sumter County, SC.

Construction of this two-phase, design-bid-build project will be completed in late 2014.

06.01.2012 Crowder Awarded $2.2 Million Emergency Design-Build Bridge Replacement over Norfolk Southern Railroad

The S.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $2,268,067 million contract to Crowder Construction Company for the Laurens Street Emergency Bridge Replacement over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Aiken, SC.
 

The existing bridge experienced settlement of up to 12 inches due to heavy rains over a three-day period. The project involved the removal of the existing bridge and the construction of a new bridge along with the associated roadway and drainage work necessary to tie the new approaches to the existing roadways.

Construction of this project is expected to be complete by September 28, 2012.
 

05.02.2012 Crowder Awarded $12.5 Million Express Design-Build Division 9 Contract

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $12,585,775 million contract to Crowder Construction Company to replace nine bridges in Division 9 in North Carolina – four bridges in Davidson County, one bridge in Forsyth County, three bridges in Rowan County and one bridge in Stokes County. Design work is underway and construction will begin in early 2013.

These bridge replacements will be completed as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Express Design-Build Bridge Replacement Program which, upon completion, will be used to replace 175 low-impact bridges statewide.

04.30.2012 Crowder Awarded $9.5 Million Express Design-Build Division 11 Set A Contract

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $9,599,850 million contract to Crowder Construction Company to replace 15 bridges in Division 11 in North Carolina – two bridges in Ashe County, four bridges in Avery County, two bridges in Watauga County, six bridges in Wilkes County and one bridge in Caldwell County.


These bridge replacements will be completed as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Express Design-Build Bridge Replacement Program which, upon completion, will be used to replace 175 low-impact bridges statewide.

03.01.2012 Crowder Begins Work on New Piedmont Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

Crowder recently began work on the new Piedmont Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant in Greenville County, SC for Renewable Water Resources (ReWA), a South Carolina-based water utility. As a subcontractor to MWH Constructors Inc., Construction Manager-at-Risk, Crowder will construct the NBR facilities, chemical facilities and the UV facilities for this $30-45 million project, which is scheduled for a December 2012 start-up.
 

Located on the west side of the Saluda River near Piedmont, SC, the new plant will replace the existing Grove Creek and Piedmont treatment plants. According to ReWa, the new plant will regionalize treatment of wastewater by treating flows from several existing wastewater treatment plants and areas that are not currently served. The plant is expected to have an initial capacity of 4 million gallons per day (MGD).

03.01.2012 Crowder Awarded ABC of the Carolinas 2011 Eagle Award

Crowder has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction given by the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas, Inc. for projects ranging from $5 to $10 million for their work on the Sugar Creek Primary Clarifier Improvement project in Charlotte, NC.
 

Constructed in 1927, the Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the largest and oldest treatment facilities in the Southeast. In recent years, operation costs and manpower rose significantly, largely due to corrosion. Odor control was becoming more of an issue as the infrastructure aged as well. The work completed by Crowder not only resolved these issues but also increased the amount of wastewater the Sugar Creek Treatment Plant is able to process from 20 million gallons per day (MGD) to 28 MGD. The improvements to the facility will help keep the City of Charlotte ahead of the exceptional growth expected in the area throughout the next 30 years.

Crowder began work on this project for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities in January 2010 and completed the 15-month project on time and under budget, self-performing more than 90 percent of the work.
 

09.17.2011 Crowder Raises Money for the AHA

Crowder participated in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walk on Saturday, September 17th in uptown Charlotte.   The annual Heart Walk is the AHA’s largest fundraising event in the metro Charlotte area; more than 10,000 walkers participated in this year’s walk raising more than $1.5 million dollars to fight heart disease and stroke.   Otis Crowder served on the Executive Leadership Team and Crowder was the finish line sponsor for the 3-mile walk this year.   Our team raised over $26,000 for cardiovascular research and education!

Huge thanks to everyone who raised money for this great cause and special thanks to Matt Brooks, Tara Brooks, Makenzie Brooks, Anne Counihan, Mark Counihan, Brad Lewis, Stephanie Lewis, Ken Tysinger, Beverly Tysinger, Andy Mayfield, Pickle Mayfield, Brooke Netta, and Courtney Mayfield for their walk-day show of support!


Crowder Heart Walk 2011 Mascot – Pickle Mayfield

The AHA is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, the No.1 and No.3 killers in the nation which claim more than 865,000 American lives a year

08.01.2011 Big Buffalo WWTP Expansion Underway

Crowder Construction Company was awarded a $36.5 million project at the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sanford, NC.  This project will expand the 6.8 MGD facility to a 12 MGD plant and is expected to be completed in February 2014.

This expansion project includes new construction of a UV facility, denitrification filter, RAS pump station, flow equalization tank, two chemical buildings, two clarifiers, blower building, vacuum truck dump station, generator and a LEED-certified administration building.

08.01.2011 City of Martinsville Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project Underway

Crowder Construction Company was awarded a $1.7 million landfill gas-to-energy project for the City of Martinsville, VA in March 2011.  Crowder teamed with an engineering partner, Richardson Smith & Gardner (RSG), for this design-build project.

The City of Martinsville received a Biomass Grant through the Virginia Division of Energy in the amount of $1 million for the development of a landfill gas-to-energy project.  Crowder will develop a facility at the closed Martinsville Sanitary Landfill to generate electricity from landfill gas.  The City extended their power lines out to this site for the purpose of capturing energy from the new facility.  This project is expected to be complete in December 2011. 

08.01.2011 Crowder Awarded Western Wake Regional WRF Facility

Crowder Construction Company was recently awarded the new $75 million Western Wake Regional Water Reclamation Facility in New Hill, NC.

The 18 MGD facility will provide additional wastewater treatment capacity for new or expanding businesses in the Research Triangle Park, Apex, Cary and Morrisville.  This facility allows more reclaimed water to be returned to the Cape Fear River.  Once operational, the facility will help the local authorities meet compliance with new state mandates that require Apex, Cary, Morrisville and the Wake County portion of the Research Triangle Park to return reclaimed water to the Cape Fear River basin by 2011.

Crowder will be responsible for the preliminary treatment for the facility including biological reactor basins, clarifiers, disc filters, UV disinfection and post aeration.  In addition, the site will include electrical buildings, chemical/plan water building, odor control facility and equipment storage building.

08.01.2011 Crowder Awarded Woodruff-Roebuck RWI Facilities

Crowder Construction Company was awarded a $4.9 million contract to construct two new 9 MGD raw water intake facilities for the Woodruff-Roebuck Water District.  One facility will be located on South Tyger River and the other on North Tyger River.

Construction of this project includes installation of static screens complete with an airburst cleaning system in the river, cast-in-place wetwell pump stations with depths to 30 feet, and complete electrical and controls systems.  Crowder expects to begin work on this project early this fall.

07.25.2011 Chesapeake Elizabeth Treatment Plant Project Underway

Crowder Construction Company was awarded a $2.8 million construction contract from the Hampton Road Sanitation District for improvements to the Chesapeake Elizabeth Treatment Plant in Virginia Beach, VA.

The project, which will be completed in September 2011, involves replacing the effluent outfall pipe approximately 150 feet into the Chesapeake Bay.  The project also involved the replacement of the underground effluent pump station discharge center and the electrical feed for the pump station.  The new outfall was operational in June and the bypass system for the effluent pump station was placed into service at that time.

07.25.2011 Crowder Ranks on ENR Top 400 List

Crowder Construction Company was recently recognized on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors for 2011.  Published annually, the ENR Top 400 recognizes the top revenue-grossing general contractors in the U.S. construction industry.

Crowder placed 288th on the “Top 400 Contractors” list.  The ranking is based on 2010 gross revenues earned.  Crowder improved their ranking by 13 positions despite the difficult economic conditions that continue to affect large contractors.  The ability to be diversified and secure work in different market sectors has not only shown Crowder’s strength as a company but versatility in a vulnerable market as well.

04.14.2011 Crowder Team Selected for FOG Co-Digestion Project

The team of Crowder Construction Company and Hazen and Sawyer has been chosen as the Design-Builder for Gwinnett County, Georgia, Department of Water Resources for a project that provides waste disposal for fats, oil and grease and other high strength industrial wastes being collected throughout the county. 

The team is designing and building a Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) and High Strength Waste (HSW) Receiving Facility at the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center located in Buford, GA.  In addition to the receiving and disposal service, this project will have the added benefit of maximizing the biogas production of the plant’s existing anaerobic digesters.  This additional production of biogas will allow the plant’s newly installed biogas cogeneration system to produce a greater amount of electricity and heat that will fuel the facility’s needs for both.  This project also provides a place for industries in the area to dispose of FOG waste.   

The project is being integrated with the ongoing Gas-to-Energy project for the county that the Crowder and Hazen and Sawyer team is also completing.  The Gas-to-Energy project utilizes biogas to operate an engine generator for power generation and to recover the heat from the engine generator for heating the anaerobic digesters.
 

04.05.2011 Seymour Johnson MACC Win

Crowder is excited to announce that our team of Richard Brady & Associates, CDA Architects and Crowder Construction Company has won a $45 million Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) for General Construction Projects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. 

This will give Crowder an opportunity to perform various projects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.    

Congratulations to our team for a successful pursuit!  We look forward to performing successful and high-quality projects through this contract.

03.07.2011 Camp Lejeune MACC Win

Crowder is happy to announce that our team of Richard Brady & Associates, Brantley Construction Company and Crowder Construction Company has won a $100 million Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) for General Construction Projects in North Carolina, issued by OICC Marine Corps Installations East, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

This will give Crowder an opportunity to perform various projects at military installations in North Carolina.    

Congratulations to our team for a successful pursuit! We look forward to performing successful and high-quality projects through this contract.