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Stronghold Engineering, Helix Electric honored with top prizes at 2018 Excellence in Construction Aw

The Stronghold Engineering team at the San Jose Convention Center, winner of Top Project by a General Contractor.

Sixteen contractors recognized for quality, craftsmanship, and safety

SAN DIEGO, November 8, 2018 - Merit shop contractors working on projects ranging from retail stores to retirement communities, military installations, hospitals, schools, libraries, and office buildings were honored for their work at the 2018 Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards. This program recognizes projects built with exceptional quality, design, craftsmanship, and safety by ABC members.

Projects were judged by an independent panel of judges based on a set criteria of safety, innovation, quality of construction, and owner satisfaction.

The evening’s top awards were presented to Stronghold Engineering, winner of Top Project by a General Contractor for the San Jose McEnery Convention Center Exhibit Halls Lighting and Ceiling Upgrades; and Helix Electric, winner of Top Project by a Subcontractor for its work on Sea World Aquatica.

“Shining a spotlight on these exceptional construction projects achieves two vital goals,” said Shandon Harbour, ABC San Diego CEO. “First, we demonstrate how skilled merit-shop construction professionals deliver the highest quality of work on time and on budget. Second, we share best practices for the entire industry to learn and benefit from on future projects, raising the bar for our entire industry.”

Stronghold Engineering, Inc. and CannonDesign were awarded the $20 million San Jose Convention Center Exhibit Hall Lighting and Ceiling Upgrades project to keep the facility competitive for large scale events. Technologically sophisticated clients attracted to the Silicon Valley venue wanted a modern looking facility that could accommodate large-scale complex rigging, high-quality sound, and customizable lighting to highlight their products. Stronghold’s completed project upgraded the lighting including a fully customizable lighting package. The new sound system and new acoustic upgrades offer a rich sound experience. This successfully completed project addresses a core functionality of the Convention Center and helps to position the City of San Jose to maintain its recent and growing competitive advantage in hosting large-scale, high-tech events and conventions.

Helix Electric wins as 2018 Subcontractor of the Year for its work at Sea World Aquatica.

Helix Electric: Helix Electric served as the EPC-Contractor for Sea World Aquatica in Chula Vista, California by providing turnkey engineering, procurement and construction for the project. After obtaining the permit approval in mid-December, 2017, the Helix execution team proceeded with an efficient, accelerated execution plan, and was able to complete the project on budget and ahead of schedule in just eight weeks. Helix Electric has developed a core group of professionals specializing in renewable energy work and brought their unique and specialized experience to this project, executing a high-quality level of workmanship that complies with specified requirements for complex projects like Sea Word Aquatica.

The mother and daughter duo of Kristen Bell and Mary Smith of Interpipe Contracting were named joint ABCers of the Year. San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey (District 5) was honored as ABC’s Elected Official of the Year. Robert Huse of Stronghold Construction received the Superintendent of the Year Award.

The awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis was presented by Platinum Sponsor Nuera; Gold Sponsors Bergelectric, Prava Construction Services, and Collins Plumbing; Silver Sponsors reception sponsor HPS Plumbing Services, and Brian Cox Mechanical; Bronze Sponsors Gafcon, Moss Adams LLP, Polycomp, SASC Bonds, Stronghold Engineering, and Tri State General Contractors; Reception Sponsors Casper Company, and Torrey Pines Bank; Program Sponsor Shore Specialties, and Entertainment and Step and Repeat Sponsor Enterprise Fleet Management.

About ABC San Diego

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. The San Diego Chapter of ABC represents construction and construction-related firms throughout San Diego County. To find out more about ABCSD, visit

Complete Winners List

ABC San Diego 2018 “Excellence in Construction Award” Winners

General Contractor Project of the Year (Grand Winner)

Stronghold Engineering, San Jose McEnery Convention Center Exhibit Halls Lighting and Ceiling Upgrades, Riverside, California

Subcontractor Project of the Year (Grand Winner)

Helix Electric, Sea World ‘Aquatica’

Excellence Winners

General Contractor Excellence in Construction Awards

Under $5 million:

West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc., CSU Office of the Chancellor, San Marcos Campus, Central Pipe Replacement, San Marcos, California

$5 – 10 million:

Nuera Contracting LP, Fredericka Major Summer House, Chula Vista, California

$10 – 25 million:

Stronghold Engineering, Inc., San Jose McEnery Convention Center Exhibit Halls Lighting and Ceiling Upgrades, Riverside, California

$25 – 100 million:

I.E.-Pacific, Inc., D/B P593 Triton Maintenance Facility, NBVC, NAS Point Mugu, California

Over $100 million:

Lusardi Construction Company, America Center Phase II, San Jose, California

Subcontractor Excellence in Construction Awards

Under $2 million:

Ickler Electric Corporation, Illumina Building 6 Fire Turtle Labs, Poway, California

$2 – 10 million:

Helix Electric, Sea World Aquatica, Chula Vista, California

Over $10 million:

Helix Electric, UC Irvine Primary Electrical Improvements Step 4, Irvine, California


Bergelectric, The Shoppes at Carlsbad, Carlsbad, California

Helix Electric, UCLA Wasserman Football Performance Center, Los Angeles, California

Lusardi Construction Company, Bighorn Golf Club, Palm Desert, California

West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc., La Mesa-Spring Valley Energy Upgrades, La Mesa, California

West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc., OC Public Works Central Utility Facility, Santa Ana, California

Merit Winners

General Contractor, Project Value Under $10 million:

Prava Construction Services, Neighborhood Healthcare - The Gold Family Health Center, Poway, California

General Contractor, Project $10 - $25 million

Straub Construction, Inc., P420 Air Wing Training Facility, NAS Fallon, Fallon, Nevada

Subcontractor Project Value Under $2 million:

Bergelectric, Camino De La Reina, San Diego, California

Subcontractor, Project Value $2 – 10 million

Bergelectric, Sharp Copley, Escondido, California

Subcontractor, Project Value $10 - $25 Million:

Ickler Electric Corporation, Lilly Biotechnology Center

ABCer of the Year Award: Kristen Bell and Mary Smith, Interpipe Contracting

Superintendent of the Year: Robert Huse, Straub Construction, Inc.

Excellence in Leadership Award: San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey (District 5)


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