ROBINS, IOWA, March 1– Price Electric today announced that its work on the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Centralized Emergency Power Generator Facility in Iowa City has earned the company a first-place National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Electrical: Commercial – $2 to $10 million category. Representatives from the company received the award March 1 during ABC’s 27th Annual Excellence in Construction awards celebration in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to honor Price Electric with a best-in-class Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for their tremendous work in completing the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Centralized Emergency Power Generator Facility safely, on time and budget,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric Inc., Indianapolis. “The dedication to innovation, productivity and world-class craftsmanship demonstrated by Price Electric and its employees produced truly impressive results that any project owner would be proud of.”
Price Electric used an adaptive and collaborative approach when planning the simultaneous work that needed to be done in three non-adjacent locations in order to provide backup generator power to the children’s hospital. The large scale generation facility houses three 40,000lb generators, providing 6MW of emergency backup power to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Although the facility is over a mile away, the generators distribute power throughout the hospital in 9.2 seconds.
The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects, with an Eagle Award presented to the top project in each category. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.
A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, the Construction Users Roundtable, and the National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others.