Each year the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., sponsors a special awards competition for commercial and industrial contractors to recognize the outstanding craftsmanship, planning, and coordination efforts to produce the superb construction projects being built by Central Florida ABC member firms.
The Excellence in Construction Awards consists of two programs. The first program is designed for general contractors, who enter the entire construction project, which may consist of a single building; multiple buildings and projects, such as a resort; an interior build-out; or a renovation of an existing building.
The specialty contractors also compete for their achievements in their specific trade. The project entries they submit are judged on outstanding coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, custom materials, and the quality of individual craftsmen accomplishments for each submitted project.
Each project is evaluated by a panel of judges represented by a cross-section of the industry, including local design professionals who either visit and tour each project or determine the score based on a presentation and awards entry book.
All projects are judged on execution of design, quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, proper installation, and evidence of extraordinary effort, safety programs, owner satisfaction and other considerations.
The secrecy of the project added that “something special” to Harry Potter. The pride in workmanship and accomplishment for being part of the construction of the first Wizarding World of Harry Potter made this project tremendously exciting and prestigious as the first of its kind in the whole world, and definitely deserving of an Eagle award.
The area’s flagship attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey which exists within a re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It takes riders on a journey through Harry Potter’s wizarding world.
Safety was of prime importance due to the height of the work that was installed, the number of trades working concurrently, and the wide variety of working conditions that were susceptible to causing injuries if the safety rules were not strictly adhered to.
Safety site visits were held and safety communications were implemented during the construction and as a result, no OSHA lost time accidents were incurred during the construction of this project. This attraction is the first in the world and all can see why it truly deserves an Eagle Award.
ABC Excellence In Construction: HVAC & PLBG, Entertainment Facilities $5 – $10 million