A key part of our culture at Chamberlin is to always deliver more to our clients. Our goal is to exceed expectations, go above what is standard and excel in all that we do. We do this for our clients, not for accolades. However, being honored for excellence at the national level is something that brings all of us at Chamberlin great pride. This acknowledgment solidifies that our commitment to our clients stands out in the industry and sets us apart.

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) 19th annual Excellence in Construction (EIC) and National Safety Excellence Awards (NSEA) Banquet was held in Washington D.C., on June 24. The awards celebrate the nations most outstanding construction projects and those companies dedicated to providing safe workplaces. There were hundreds of entries from across the country. This year, Chamberlin was honored with two first-place (Eagle), one runner-up (Pyramid) and a Safety Excellence Award: a total of four national awards!

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) received an Eagle in the "Exteriors - Masonry, Precast or Stone" category. DCCCD's new offices used to be known as the old Sears Roebuck Building, which was constructed in 1914. Construction Manager, Turner Construction, came to Chamberlin with an extremely comprehensive scope of restoration services and a challenge to make the building useable while enhancing its architectural significance as a historical registered building. The scope of work involved the complete restoration of the interior and exterior of the main office building as well as the courtyard and cotton gin building.

Discovery Green was also an Eagle winner in the category of "Other Specialty Construction Under $1 Million." Discovery Green is a 12-acre interactive park located in the heart of downtown Houston. Under the direction of Miner-Dederick Construction, Chamberlin had an active role in almost every phase of the project due to the large amount of waterproofing necessary in critical locations such as the below-grade parking garage, Kinder lake and model boat basin, Gateway interactive fountain, the Grove restaurant and other park buildings. Discovery Green recently achieved LEED Gold level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Pyramid award was received for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the category of "Exteriors - Masonry, Precast or Stone." The facility is a Dallas Independent School District arts magnet school constructed in 1929. Chamberlin was contracted by T.S. Byrne General Contractors to perform the exterior masonry restoration of the building. As part of this major exterior renovation, Chamberlin focused on transforming this abandoned eye sore into a serviceable building within a tight budget and limited timeframe.

After receiving one gold level and four platinum level awards from ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Program (STEP) over the last five years, Chamberlin became eligible to compete in the 2008 National Safety Excellence Awards (NSEA). The NSEA program recognizes ABC firms whose safety performance and programs are judged to be exemplary and exhibit a lasting commitment to jobsite safety. Of the 15,000 contractor members, only 19 received this prestigious award. Chamberlin was among the six excellence award recipients in the specialty contractor category.