Sweetwater captures “Best of the Best” in 2 of the 3 General Contractor categories at the 2015 Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Constructions Awards Dinner on October 29 at the Hyatt in New Brunswick. The top-spot Eagle Awards were given to our project at Monmouth University in West Long Branch – Pozycki Hall – and for the Siemens White Oak Expansion in Flanders. If these achievements weren’t enough to make the company proud, Pozycki Hall also claimed the definitive Project of the Year. Project of the Year is decided on by the Awards Jury as the job with the most points for narratives, photos, safety, letters of recommendation and community impact. This 2-story, 20,000 square-foot academic building inside an active and dense campus was constructed with a grant from Alumnus Steven J. Pozycki to expand and enhance the business school and associated real estate institute. It features a connector bridge to an adjacent building, a 180-seat state-of-the-art lecture hall, large percentage of glass windows, and second floor paver terrace with drainage system to a subsurface storage bed. A beautiful and functional new asset to the University, perfect safety record and on-time finish for the new academic year rounded out the highlights.
The multi-dimensional White Oak Expansion project consisted of a 147,500 square-foot medical device manufacturing and cGMP warehouse addition, with a kitchen/cafeteria renovation across the 450-employee campus. Not only were the construction elements varied and complex, but NJEDA, minority, prevailing wage, township planning, and LEED reporting demanded a high degree of oversight and administration. Professionals from 9 firms were assembled to secure township approval and design-build this impressive facility. Detailed monthly reports were compiled to Siemens Corporate Real Estate and the parent company in Germany. The Merit Shop project stayed on track through complex site development, intricate employee parking requirements accomplished with phasing and temporary lots, and severe outdoor winter weather conditions, with a zero DART and no safety infractions, culminating in a Grand Opening attended by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and 400 additional jobs for the local area.
Sweetwater was also given a Platinum Level STEP Award for safety.