Excellence in Construction Awards

The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebrate the most innovative and high-quality construction projects. Award entries are submitted through a statewide competition and can later be entered at the national level. Sain Associates has been a longtime supporter of ABC Alabama and ABC North Alabama chapters, and we have been honored to receive awards from both chapters. Below are some highlights on previously awarded projects from the Excellence in Construction Awards:

Martin Army Community Hospital – 2014

The Martin Army Community Hospital is an extraordinary project, as it provides a state-of-the-art medical facility to serve our troops. This project was master planned and built to provide easy access to a multitude of medical services within the new hospital, clinics, and Warriors-In-Transition facilities. The project included master planning a 745,000 SF hospital tower, two clinics, two parking garages, supporting structures, and a ½ mile Access Road and exit from I-185. These features were completed within a limited boundary on the side of a wooded hill. The design successfully fit this massive facility into a limited area while blending into the natural environment and achieving credits for LEED Gold Certification.

GCH1 and GCH2 in Chattanooga, TN – 2016

Sain Associates performed overall civil engineering and consulting for a $63 million expansion to the existing Gestamp facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This included heavy site engineering, traffic engineering, landscape design, roadway improvements, and construction-related services. The project was designed to comply with the City Stormwater Ordinance.

Kamtek K3 Campus Expansion – 2016

Sain Associates provided master planning, surveying, traffic engineering, civil design, and environmental permitting to expand a 224-acre automotive manufacturing campus for Kamtek in Birmingham, Alabama. This master plan included the construction of a 144,000 SF aluminum die casting facility (known as K-3), rerouting truck and employee traffic to improve traffic safety, and roadway improvements to support increased traffic volumes. The Kamtek K-3 Expansion was part of an estimated $500 million investment to Kamtek’s operation and the local economy. 

Magnolia Avenue South – 2019

Sain Associates provided civil engineering design, permitting, and construction administration services for a redeveloped historic building located at 22nd Street South and Magnolia Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama. The 1920s-era warehouse had been vacant for some time but was developed into unique office spaces using a nearly $1.67 million allocation from the Alabama Historic Renovation Tax Credit program.

Williams Blackstock Architects provided the architectural services for the renovation of the 29,000 square foot building and a 6,500 SF pad ready site with 199 parking spaces on a 2.8-acre parcel. Our scope of work included land surveying, subdivision platting, and design of all civil components, including layout plans, demolition plans, grading and storm drainage plans, utility plans, erosion and sedimentation control plans, civil details, site work specifications, landscape and irrigation, and site lighting.

Mobile VA – 2019

The Mobile Veterans Affairs Health Clinic is a 65,000 SF healthcare facility developed on a 12-acre commercial lot in Mobile, Alabama. This facility serves patients across southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Panhandle of Florida. Sain Associates provided all civil/site design components for this project and obtained all required permits promptly to keep construction moving without delay. In the end, the project was completed on time and within budget and received LEED Silver Certification. This facility was delivered via Fast-Track Design-Build to meet the VA-committed deadline for opening the facility.

Yulista Build-to-Suit Campus – 2020

The Yulista Build-to-Suit Campus consists of a 133,000 SF research and development facility, 126,000 SF warehouse building, and 106,000 SF office building, which was developed on 24 acres of land in Phase 2 of Redstone Gateway. The facility was delivered via Fast-Track Design-Build to meet Yulista’s deadline for opening the facility.

Powers Brown Architecture provided the architectural services, BL Harbert served as the General Contractor, Building & Earth Sciences served as the geotechnical engineer, and Corporate Office Properties Trust was the developer. Our team provided surveying and civil engineering design, including layout plans, demolition plans, grading and storm drainage plans, utility plans, erosion and sedimentation control plans, civil details, site work specifications, and site lighting.

Valley Hotel – 2021

The Valley Hotel is situated in the heart of Homewood, Alabama. Sain Associates was initially contacted by the developer, Homewood Place, LLC, and tasked with solving a problem previously deemed unsolvable – there was an existing sanitary sewer main running beneath the proposed hotel site. Due to the slope of the existing sewer main, it seemed that it could not be re-routed around the building without a pump station, making the project unfeasible.

Our team reviewed the existing conditions with Jefferson County Environmental Services and collaborated to review multiple ideas for routing this line around the building. After vetting several different design ideas, our team concluded that the most economical way to reroute the sewer successfully was to re-lay several off-site sewer lines adjacent to the site, providing proper slopes on the newly relocated sewer mains within the site. Once this first design obstacle had been resolved, the remainder of the project design fell into place very naturally.