On January 15, 2016, we held the first BIG event of our 40th Anniversary year – the Champions of the Merit Shop Awards Banquet. More than 170 ABC NorCal members and community supporters gathered at the beautiful Blackhawk Country Club in Danville to honor the organization’s milestone members, Safety Training & Evaluation Process (STEP) awardees, Accredited Quality Contractors (AQC) awardees, Excellence in Construction winners and incoming Board of Directors.

The evening reflected on how far we have come, as well as, the vision for the next forty years. Here’s a recap of the companies and individuals honored.

Membership Milestones

Our milestone members are the cornerstone of our organization. Their support over the years has helped us advance the Merit Shop philosophy and get us to where we are today.

35 Years

Jones, Henle & Schunck

30 Years
DRT Grading & Paving, Inc.
Interstate Construction, Inc.

25 Years
Carr Electric
Darrale Patrias Electrical Contractors, Inc.

20 Years
GE Chen Construction, Inc.
KalerDobler Construction, Inc.
New Age Electric, Inc.

Safety Training & Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards
The STEP program recognizes companies for their outstanding safety training efforts.

Diamond Award
Hayward Electric Company
Nova Group, Inc.

Platinum Award
Rex Moore 
Soltek Pacific Construction Company
Tucknott Electric Company

Gold Award
Diede Construction, Inc.
Kodiak Roofing & Waterproofing Co.
Royal Electric Company
W.E. Lyons Construction Co.

Silver Award
Four C’s Construction Service
RK Electric, Inc.
Western Water Constructors, Inc.
Wolf Electric

Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) Awards
These awards recognize the construction firms committed to quality, safety, employee benefits, training, community relations and diversity.

Diede Construction, Inc.
Nova Group, Inc.
Soltek Pacific Construction Company

Skilled & Trained Workforce Champion Award
A new award recognizing companies for raising the bar when it comes to continued education for their employees.
Helix Electric, Inc.

Excellence in Construction (EIC) Winners
The EIC awards honor the skill and creativity of the entire team (contractor, owner, architect and engineer) responsible for an outstanding merit shop construction project. The following projects will go on to compete at the national level. National winners will be announced at Workforce Week 2016, March 1-4, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Category: Residential | Project: Avalon Hayes Valley

Helix Electric, Inc. 
Category: Electrical, More than $10 million | Project: San Francisco War Memorial Opera House

Royal Electric Company
Category: Electrical, More than $10 million | Project: San Francisco International Airport Runway 1-19 RSA Improvements
Category: Electrical Commercial, $2-10 million | Project: Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)

Soltek Pacific Construction Company
Category: Community/Public Service | Project: Habitat Almy Green Neighborhood Park

2016 Board of Directors
Greg Schniegenberg, Chair
Helix Electric, Inc.

Ronald Hicks, Chair Elect
Soltek Pacific Construction Company

Josh Ward, Treasurer
Sausal Corporation

Craig Brueckner, Secretary
BRS Financial Group, LLC

Dina Kimble, Past Chair
Royal Electric Company

Eric Bower
BMY Construction Group, Inc.

Doug Esposito
Owen-Dunn Insurance

Dick Johnson
Johnson Electronics

Jason Kintner
Merrill Lynch

Mark Kirkes
MK Electric & Design, Inc.

Brian Sullivan
Filice Insurance Agency

Many thanks to our generous sponsors who helped make this event possible: Helix Electric, Inc.; Royal Electric Company; Agbayani Construction Corporation; Turman Commercial Painters; Wolf Electric; American, Inc.; Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo; Cook Brown, LLP; Diablo Plumbing; Fresno Plumbing & Heating; Jones, Henle & Schunk; Rex Moore; Sausal Corporation; W.E. Lyons Construction Co.

Be sure to check out the event photos on Flickr!

Megan Kilkenny is the Marketing Communications Director for ABC NorCal, a trade association dedicated to serving construction professionals from Fresno to the Oregon border. #lovewhatyoudo, #lovewhatyoubuild