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Associated Builders and Contractors Honors Excellence in Construction Industry

Helix, Inc. and I.E. Pacific, Inc. Took Home Top Honors at ABC’s Annual Awards Dinner

Projects ranging from an airport inspection facility to the Shelter Island boat launch represent some of the most innovative and outstanding quality merit shop work in the region and were recognized Friday night at the annual Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards. With a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the Hyatt Aventine, ABC recognized the men, women and projects who demonstrate quality construction through safety, teamwork and cooperation.

“This year’s winners of the Excellence in Construction Awards are the best of the best in our industry. They represent what all of our members strive for every day,” said Shandon Harbor, CEO of ABC San Diego. “A contractor’s skill and ability to deliver a project safely, on time and on budget part of our industry that often goes unrecognized but is so critical and rewarding. The EIC is our way of showing the great work being done across our industry.”

The winners of the Project of the Year for the General Contractor, Project of the Year for the Subcontractor, and each of the Eagle and Merit winners advance to the National Excellence in Construction awards competition Nashville, TN in March 2020.

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

The 2019 winners of the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards are:

Excellence in Construction – Project of the Year Subcontractor:

  • Helix, Inc., San Diego International Airport Inspection Service (FIS) Facility project

  • Excellence in Construction – Project of the Year General Contractor:

  • I.E. Pacific Inc., D/B Renovate BEQ PH 1518 NBVC

General Contractor Prime Contractor, Less than $5 million

  • The Merit Award: West Coast Air Conditioning Co, Inc., Mesa Verde Middle School HVAC Upgrades

  • The Eagle Award: Nuera Group, CONNNECT ALL at the Jacob Center

  • General Contractor or Prime Contractor, Federal Government/Military, Less than $10 million

  • The Eagle Award: I.E. Pacific, D/B Renovate BEQ PH 1518 NBVC

Subcontractor or Specialty Contractor, $2 to $20 million

  • The Merit Award: Alpha Mechanical, Inc., UTC Residential Tower

  • The Eagle Award: Bergelectric Corp., Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

Subcontractor or Specialty Contractor more than $10 million

  • The Merit Award: Bergelectric Corp., Sharp Ocean View Tower

  • The Eagle Award: Helix Electric, Inc., San Diego International, Federal Inspection Service (FIX) Facility.

Subcontractor or Specialty Contractor, Less than $2 million

  • The Eagle Award: Alpha Mechanical, Inc., University of California Redlands, Multi-Building Chilled Water Coil Replacement

General Contractor or Prime Contractor, All contract amounts up to $100 million

  • The Merit Award: Ace Electric, Apron Lighting LED Upgrade RFB, Project #601055

  • The Eagle Award: R.E. Staite Engineering, Inc., Shelter Island Boat Launch, Facility Improvements

About ABC San Diego

The San Diego Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors represents construction and construction-related firms throughout San Diego County. 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. To find out more about ABCSD, visit

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