General Building Over $50 Million – Higher Education

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Caesar Rodney Dining & Residence Hall

The first floor dining hall in the new Caesar Rodney building consists of a 55,000 sf open “Fresh Foods” market style dining experience with various cooking and serving restaurants. The facility seats up to 1,180 people and serves more than 6,000 meals per day. Above the dining hall is a 303-bed residence hall that includes 95,000 sf of resident rooms, student lounges, study rooms, communal restrooms, laundry and a kitchen. The most challenging aspects were the scale of the project coupled with the constraints of an aggressive construction schedule while working in the heart of an occupied and busy campus environment. Project coordination was a challenge, managing a large design team and several University departments.

General Building Under $5 Million

BPGS Construction

The Philadelphia Union Training Facility

The project consisted of a renovation/restoration of an existing 16,000 sf industrial structure, originally constructed in the 1930s and abandoned for over 50 years. Highlights of the renovation include a 3,000 sf weight room, hydrotherapy area, video screening room and a custom locker room. The challenges on site included multiple layers of lead paint, pigeon debris, soil contaminants, and the need to remove an existing 10” thick floor slab for placement of underground utilities. The project was completed in less than four months, meeting the owner’s goal to have the team occupy the building prior to the start of the 2016 season.

General Building Under $5 Million – Technology

Bancroft Construction Company

SevOne Technology & Innovation Center

This Center is located on the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus. Serving as the company’s Innovation Headquarters, the building is representative of the open concept layout that emphasizes collaboration and intertwines downtime activities within the workplace environment. Key features include a 32-foot metal slide connecting the upper level to the employee lounge and a hydroponic (living) wall in the first floor lobby. The project was successful in part because of the appreciation the subcontractors and vendors all had for the importance and uniqueness of the project, with all sharing in the desire to be part of a successful project.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Controls

Modern Controls

UD Star Incubator Labs Fitout

Creative solutions were the mantra for this project long before breaking ground. Faced with an extremely tight budget, Modern Controls was able to develop a more cost-effective Design Build solution for the HVAC equipment – without compromising quality or value, realizing savings for the owner of over $150,000 prior to start of construction. From start to finish, teamwork was essential to implementing the unique design within a high-tech lab space. Communication with the designer and owner was critical to ensure the spectacular result.


Infrastructure Construction Over $3 Million

Corrado Construction Company

The University of Delaware South Academy Street Residence Hall Utility

This utility project included the upgrade of the campus steam and chilled water system to provide steam utilities to the future site of a planned University residence hall. Challenges included two major road crossings. The Courtney Street crossing was installed with a complete closure of the road, as was the open cut installation for the steam across Academy Street. Detailed coordination with the University and City of Newark emergency personnel was required. A significant challenge was to ensure limited impact to the UD Green and surrounding landscaping.

Highway Construction Over $30 Million

Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc.

I-95 & US202 Interchange

The goal of this project was to improve the operational efficiency and safety on one of the most heavily traveled interchanges in the State of Delaware. This comprehensive rework included increasing capacity on the ramp from northbound I-95 to US202, and expanding the capacity and safety of the ramp from US202 southbound to I-95 southbound. Also included was lowering the I-95 road profile to provide 16’6” vertical clearance under existing bridge 1-570. Complicating the project was the need for controlled blasting to remove rock in areas along I-95. Work involved construction of three new bridges and rehabilitation of an existing bridge. Further challenges to this large scope of work was the untimely failure of the bridge foundation on I-495, resulting in the diversion of all I-495 traffic onto I-95 during construction.


Dewson Construction Company

Gates Family Estate

Over a 28-month construction period, Dewson Construction provided meticulous detail and craftsmanship to the creation of this magnificent 11,000 sf home, pool and guesthouse. The spaciousness of the home posed a heating and cooling challenge that was successfully resolved with the utilization of seven geothermal systems. The significant initial cost of the systems paid off after the long-term cost savings were calculated. The home uses “Smart Home” technology, where all devices and appliances connect enabling them to communicate with each other and with the owners using a smart phone. Due to the large amount of custom millwork in the home, the woodwork was milled on site, in a “full-blown” trim shop set up in an old garage on the property. This eliminated the time needed to travel to and from an outside mill. This lovely residence truly becomes a home due to the skill and care of the Dewson team.

General Building Under $5 Million – Sustainable Construction-Reclaimed Materials

gBuild Construction Managers

DuPont Lab Renovations

To maximize and stretch the budget available for renovation, the University purchased used laboratory casework. gBuild was able to work with the casework installer and the design team to inventory, lay out and install the used casework to meet requirements for two of the laboratories. For the remaining two labs, gBuild cleaned, repaired, reconfigured, reinstalled and electrostatically painted the original casework. This work, combined with the new phenolic tops, created new and efficient laboratory space, completed with repurposed materials.

General Building Over $5 Million – Health Care

Wohlsen Construction Company

Nanticoke Mears Medical Office Building

The goal of this project was to seamlessly connect two existing buildings with a new building, allowing for a more convenient experience for both patients and staff, while enhancing the level of care to patients. By filling in an existing pond, the new medical office building, housing a wide variety of clinical and primary care uses, was constructed between the two buildings. Wohlsen Construction completed this work while maintaining an intense construction schedule, satisfying the owner’s high standard of quality and adhering to significant budget constraints. The project team worked closely with Nanticoke’s staff to make sure the construction activities did not impede on the two existing buildings’ ability to operate. The project met a timely and accident-free completion.

Specialty Infrastructure Construction Under $5 Million

George & Lynch, Inc.

DelDOT Bridgeville Maintenance Yard Development

The existing DelDOT maintenance yard in Seaford was inadequate for its expanding mission. The site had flooding issues and the existing facilities required replacement. This project consisted of 30,000 CY of excavation and embankment, 8,700 tons of asphalt pavement, 1,000 LF of storm water pipe installation, 15,000 LF of underground electrical conduit, and a new 3,300 sf office building. The project was completed within the requisite 20-month project schedule.

General Building Over $5 Million – Historic Commercial

EDiS Company

Delaware History Museum Renovation & Expansion

The renovation and expansion of the nearly 67,000 sf Museum included bringing the Old Town Hall back to life, modernizing its MEP systems, providing ADA accessibility, and connecting it to the Delaware History Museum next door—a vital component of the project. These improvements will allow the Delaware Historical Society to offer new educational programs, display and exhibit more of their collection and to provide space for the state’s Center for African American Heritage. The new space will provide room for its core exhibition of Delaware’s rich history.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Fire Protection

Wayman Fire Protection

Sugar House Casino

The design details, modifications to an already active and busy building, and the delivery schedule required the highest level of skilled craftsmanship to overcome the construction implementation obstacles and complete this project on schedule. There were many different ceiling types and finishes; open ceilings with exposed mechanicals, floating structures and intricate finished ceilings, requiring meticulous planning and careful installation. The Wayman team managed and completed this significant project flawlessly.

Historic Preservation Over $5 Million – Multi-family Residential

BPGS Construction

Market Street Village

This creative renovation project converted three historic properties into 76 new apartments. Each of the three renovations involved abatement of asbestos containing materials, followed by interior demolition to allow for new floor plans. Design and craftsmanship is emphasized with the addition of new, historic windows requiring approval by the City of Wilmington’s historic review board. The project was an innovative approach to renovation of historic property in three separate locations for the common goal of quality and affordable housing in the city. The historic and adaptive reuse makes this project a wonderful example of retaining Wilmington’s historic past.

Innovative Technologies

Bancroft Construction Company

Center for Biomedical & Brain Imaging

The construction of this 11,800 sf addition to the Life Science Research Facility required a very thorough site maintenance plan to ensure that ongoing studies in the LSRF vivarium would not be impacted by noise or vibration from the construction work. The building was designed to support the research of the fMRI facility, the first MRI unit in Delaware dedicated solely to research. Bancroft Construction skillfully coordinated the project in BIM, working with the architect and subcontractors.   A high level of coordination was required around a tight window for the fMRI unit delivery prep work and installation of the equipment.

General Building Over $5 Million – K-12 Education

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School

The project, a 72,000 sf elementary school, was the first new construction in the Red Clay School District in a decade. The design features several distinct façade materials, forming a cohesive transition between the natural earthy looks of brick and cultured stone with the more contemporary finishes of metal wall panels and standing seam metal roofing. The single most distinctive feature of the main lobby is a 500+ gallon saltwater fish tank, set within a school bus that was reclaimed from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sitework on the project was especially challenging, including roadway improvements and steep slopes near building work. Additionally, the winter of 2013, with an unprecedented 51” of snow, resulted in the Whiting-Turner team members removing snow to allow steelwork to continue, resulting in minimal delay to the overall schedule.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Fitout

BPGS Construction

The Mill

This project was an interior fit-out of the entire 4th floor of the historic Nemours Building. Architecturally, it was a challenge as it was the first of its kind in this historic building. The project was met with an aggressive schedule, tight budget, and complex design, challenging BPGS’ outstanding construction team. The finished project is a showcase, featuring reclaimed wood throughout and innovative LED lighting designed to emulate classic Edison bulbs – with the energy efficiency of LED technology.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Electrical

Preferred Electric, Inc.

Chase Center on the Riverfront: “Energy Upgrade and Conservation Project”

The Chase Center is the cornerstone of the Riverfront Development project. Providing more energy efficient lighting solutions while enhancing the area’s lighting was Preferred Electric’s mandate. The scope of work included lighting retrofits for four different sections of the Chase Center: The Chase Center itself, the Riverwalk, the Delaware Children’s Museum (DCM), and the Riverfront Marketplace. Installing longer lasting LED lighting in the Chase Center will reduce not only energy consumption, but will significantly reduce maintenance needs. The project required tremendous coordination, communication and cooperation among all crafts to ensure project safety; and the need to keep all lighting and HVAC systems operational without impacting the already scheduled banquets and events held at the venues.

Highway Construction Under $3 Million

Diamond Materials, LLC

SR 1 NB Auxiliary Lane, US 40 to SR 273

Construction on this project was completed on one of Delaware’s busiest major arterials, with no lane closures permitted during the day, requiring sequencing the work to ensure public safety. All shoulder excavations had to be backfilled by the end of each workday. Guardrails, not behind safety barriers, had to be removed and replaced in the same shift. This project went from bid opening on August 18, 2015, to work commencing on September 21, and completion by November 25 to meet the requirement to have the new lane opened for Black Friday, November 27. Safety, efficiency, planning and execution were the keys to Diamond Materials delivering a quality project on schedule.

Historic Preservation Under $5 Million – Single Family Residential

Dewson Construction Company

Loew Residence Historic Renovation

The owner’s dream for this remarkable renovation to their historic 1859 home in the heart of West Chester was to maintain, as much as possible, its historical nature, while creating a home that would function as a gathering space for the owner’s children and grandchildren. The first challenge was that the home was sinking and needed to be elevated three inches. In keeping with the historic feel of the home, the design plan included a significant use of millwork throughout. Throughout the entire three-floor home, existing moldings and trim were matched or replicated. Inspired woodworking detail is one of Dewson Construction’s specialties and a main reason the Dewson team was selected for the project.

General Building Over $5 Million – Design/Build

Bancroft Construction Company

Northern Resource Center

The new multi-functional Northern Resource Center serves as the new headquarters for the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. This new facility provides much needed space for 16,000 Girl Scouts and volunteers in the region. Teamwork, managed and led by Bancroft Construction, was a large part of the overall success of the construction, from the start of the design-build process through the ribbon-cutting event. One of the more difficult challenges was the continuous running water from the many underground springs. The team created and executed a detailed strategy to succeed while working on a highly restrictive site with very tight limits of disturbance to wetlands and forestry.

General Building Over $5 Million – Commercial Office

Wohlsen Construction Company

AIG 600 North King Street

The project scope included a core and shell renovation of the 10-Story Courthouse Square Building, originally constructed by Wohlsen Construction in 1983. The renovations were completed while four floors were occupied, adding a level of complexity to the safety and constructability of the project. Renovations resulted in a more modern space—both interior and exterior—with more efficient core mechanical systems.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Specialty

DryZone, LLC

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center Helical Piers

This project presented architectural, engineering and community impact challenges. It required the installation of helical piers to support the old Rehoboth Beach Convention Center as part of the new City Hall complex. Helical piers were used as an alternative to more conventional drilling due to site and logistical challenges. Working in the busy downtown Rehoboth setting created even greater challenges, as DryZone was required to minimize disturbance to traffic and nearby businesses in the area.

Infrastructure Construction Under $3 Million

Eastern Highway Specialists, Inc.

BR 1-665 N & S over Baylor Boulevard

The scope of work called for installation of a pedestrian tunnel on Baylor Blvd., beneath BR 1-665 on Route 13, with backfill over the tunnel, removal of the entire bridge, and paving of the removed roadway. This project required fast-paced scheduling and extensive coordination to minimize traffic impact. The challenge on this project was that EHS and other subcontractors were allowed just two weekends of traffic closure to remove an existing bridge, backfill the new pedestrian tunnel and pave the roadway. All work was completed hours before traffic was scheduled to begin traveling the roadway and the project was brought in on budget.

Smart Growth Under $5 Million

Eastern States Construction Service, Inc.

Delaware City Branch Canal Pedestrian & Bicycle Path

 This connector trail was designed to complete the recreational path between Delaware City and Chesapeake City, MD. Eastern States was working on another project at the same time enabling excess soil from the other site to be used to construct the trail, saving the owner $50,000. A value proposal by Eastern States to use spread footings for the bicycle bridge foundation, in lieu of piles, saved the owner another $60,000. With the completion of this project, hikers, walkers, runners, cyclists and equestrian enthusiasts can now traverse the C & D Canal between DE and MD for approximately 16 miles along the waters of the canal.

General Building Under $5 Million – Higher Education

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

DTCC Stanton Courtyard Renovation

The Courtyard Renovation Project consisted of reworking an existing 12,233 sf courtyard located at the Del-Tech Stanton Campus. The space is used for meeting friends, hosting classes and events, and as a place to study and eat. Unique features include permeable pavers, used to increase the amount of functional seating space while minimizing the amount of impervious surface. Maintenance is minimized through use of a drip irrigation system and utilizing artificial turf for an outdoor classroom. A rain garden was designed to provide an aesthetically pleasing garden at the heart of the courtyard while providing habitat for a variety of species. A major challenge of the job was managing the logistics of bringing materials to the jobsite through the building hallway to the courtyard, with limited disruption to an always busy and active campus building.

Special Projects

gBuild Construction Managers

Field Hockey Locker Room

The project plan required the relocation of the Field Hockey Locker Room from the Delaware Field House to a location adjacent to the Fred P. Rullo Stadium, home turf for the UD Women’s Field Hockey Team. Faced with a tight building schedule and even tighter available space constraints (1000 sf), gBuild was forced to manage multiple trades working in a tight environment. The firm’s Construction Waste Management Plan resulted in nearly 90% of construction waste diverted from the landfill—well above the goal of 80%. In addition to gBuild surpassing their environmental sustainability goals, the completed project has received accolades from the University, the coaches and the players.

General Building Over $5 Million – Senior Care

Wohlsen Construction Company

Westminster Village Dover

The Wohlsen Construction team conducted the selective demolition and renovation of the 45,500 sf skilled nursing facility. Measures were taken to assure that the construction activities did not interfere with the daily lives of the residents of Westminster Village. The result is an attractive and functional home and rehab facility developed using a classic team effort on the part of the owner, design team and construction manager. This extensive project was successfully completed within the owner’s aggressive, 15-month schedule.

Smart Growth Over $5 Million

Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc.

SR1 – Rehoboth Canal to North of US9 (Five Points) Pedestrian Improvements

This heavily traveled corridor of SR 1, between Five Points and the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal, is used by local residents and tourists year-round. In an effort to increase pedestrian safety and upgrade walkways to current Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards, the project called for the construction of new concrete sidewalks, pathways, driveways and ramps filling gaps along the 6-mile stretch of SR1. Water quality and persistent flooding was also improved with installation of drainage swales and underground storm sewers. The millings generated from the roadway resurfacing were recycled and reused as the bedding for much of the new concrete sidewalk, reducing waste material generated by 8,000 tons and saving the owner approximately $64,000.