Interstates Receives ABC Awards for Safety and Project Excellence


Interstates is honored to receive some of the highest awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for both our safety program and project excellence. These awards will be presented at the ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, TN on August 18.

National Safety Excellence Award

Interstates was one of fourteen contractors to receive the Pinnacle level National Safety Excellence Award from ABC which has more than 21,000 member companies. This is the highest level for the award, and we are proud of our craft leaders and teams that helped us achieve this honor. 

The winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP safety management system in 2019. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee.   

“Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to recognize Interstates for consistently raising the standards of safety in the construction industry,” said 2020 ABC National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R.C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida. “Their dedication to world-class safety performance and commitment to total human health is the gold standard of the merit shop construction industry.” 

Dave Crumrine, Interstates President, illustrates the impact safety has on our work, “Our craft leaders and their teams have made a true transition from rules-based, to behavior-based, to now cultural-based safety. It really shows in the numbers and in how it is driven out in the field where it really makes the difference. You can feel the difference on our projects and new team members say they didn’t quite believe it...until they experienced it on our jobs”.  

STEP, the standard for developing world-class safety management systems in construction, is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health programs and identify opportunities for improvement. According to ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report, the average STEP Diamond company is more than eight times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ average for the entire industry based on their total recordable incident rate. 

See a complete list of winners on ABC’s website. 

National Excellence In Construction Eagle Awards 

Two different projects were awarded the National Excellence in Construction (EIC) Eagle Awards from ABC. The EIC awards program is the industry’s leading competition for innovative, high-quality projects. The New Fashion Pork feed mill project received an award in the Electrical: Industrial - Up to $2 million category. The second award was for a biodiesel facility with Cargill Inc. in the Electrical - More than $10 million category. Dave Los, Interstates Vice President of Operations, comments “These awards solidify that we deliver excellence for our clients through the expertise and efforts of our teams.” 

“The craftmanship of Interstates and their hardworking employees continues to raise the bar when it comes to how we define excellence in construction,” said 2020 ABC National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R.C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida. “It’s an honor to recognize these award winners for their respective commitments to building safely, on time and on budget, as well as contribute to the communities in which they work.”  

The EIC awards honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries 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 Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Smithsonian Facilities Construction Division, the Construction Management Association of America, Engineering News-Record, Design-Build Institute of America and various construction-related firms nationwide. 

Eric Moerman, Interstates Regional Director, Construction, attributes the success of these projects to all who helped in the process. “Our people made this possible, from the engineers on the front end of the project, to the electricians and programmers that made the project succeed in the field.”  

full list of EIC winners is available on ABC’s website. 


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