By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Black Construction and DZSP 21 won the Guam Contractors Association's top awards during the annual Excellence in Construction Awards and Contractor of the Year event held on Nov. 4 at Dusit Thani Guam Resort.
Black Construction won the 2022 Excellence in Construction First Place Overall Project Award for the Guam International Airport Authority Terminal Building Structure Upgrade and Concourse Isolation Construction.
Black Construction’s First Place Overall Project Award will be submitted to compete nationally at this year’s Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards.
DZSP 21 won the 2022 GCA Contractor of the Year award for the company's overall prominence in the construction industry on Guam and its achievement in safety; health and wellness programs; environmental responsibility and sustainability; quality of work-life, including professional development of its workforce through training and promotion opportunities; and social responsibility and service to the community of Guam.
Core Tech-HDCC-Kalimantan LLC won Second Place Overall for its Urban Combat Training project.
Core Tech International won Third Place Overall for its iLearn Academy Charter School project.
Hawaiian Rock Products won the top safety award, the “Samoan Joe Excellence in Construction Special Safety Award” for its Route 1 Pavement Restoration project. Named after long-time safety professional Joseph Leasiolagi, who recently passed, this award is earned by the company with the highest score of all entries in the safety category.
Since 1997, the event promotes quality construction and craftsmanship. In 2022, 33 category, merit and safety winners were awarded to Guam construction companies.
This year 11 GCA members measured their safety processes and policies on 25 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce job site incidents.
The Safety Training Evaluation Process is a national safety benchmarking and improvement tool. STEP has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work.
The STEP recipients are:
Gold level: Orion Construction and Pacific Federal Management Inc.
Platinum level: Black Construction, Core Tech International and Pacific RIM Constructors.
Diamond level STEP: Agbayani Construction Co., CMS Corp., Hawaiian Rock Products, Infratech International LLC, Polyphase Systems Inc. and Vertex Guam.
Eddie Cruz was recognized as the 2022 GCA Champion. (GCA)