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Historic Preservation Over $50 million

Bancroft Construction Company

Longwood Garden Main Fountain Garden Revitalization

“It was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience to witness the transformation of the Main Fountain Garden. From the research and exploration early on, to the subterranean world we concealed, to the finishing touches of the fountain display, it felt like we were making history and something we would all be proud of forever.” Vice President of Preconstruction Mike Petka, who served as senior project manager

The project involved the installation of 9,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,4000 linear feet of tunnels, five miles of fountain pipes and nearly 340,000 gallons of underground water storage. Every part of the infrastructure installation and repair work had to be done in keeping with the original structure, a challenging feat.

“Bancroft Construction is honored to have been a part of the Main Fountain Garden revitalization project team,” President and CEO Greg Sawka says. “We truly believe that we are better builders, collaborators, partners and better professionals because of the experiences afforded us by this most unique and prestigious project. The project serves as a fine example of excellence achieved through teamwork, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.”

“Understanding the history of the fountains was critical to the success of the project; bringing the fountains into the 21st century while preserving Pierre du Pont’s vision,” Mike Petka, VP.

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General Building Over $50 Million

Wohlsen Construction Company

CSC Corporate Headquarters

CSC’s spectacular new global headquarters is a four-story, 148,437 SF building clad with five different façade systems, featuring: a curtain wall, metal panels, two rain screen panels, sunscreens and a granite stone veneer. Multiple balconies and green roofs also adorn the building’s exterior and enhancing this remarkable office environment. The adjacent 650-car parking garage is equally impressive, featuring a car counting system and exterior green screen panels, allowing vegetation to grow and conceal the concrete façade of the garage. The parking structure saves four acres of space that will now provide a naturally landscaped meadow of native grasses and wildflowers. The client and design team envisioned a very high-end space with the highest expectations for finish detail. The Wohlsen team established a quality assurance team to ensure that owner expectations were met or exceeded.


General Building Over $50 Million – Multi-family Residential

BPGS Construction, LLC

Harlan Flats Phase II

Following the completion of Phase I in 2014, Phase II of this Riverfront development added 76 new Apartment Units to the Residences at Harlan Flats. The fresh, contemporary design is evident in all aspects of this highly creative project – from the façade to the finishes. Among the challenges on this project included the fact that the location is a Registered Brownfield site; work required the seamless matching of existing building elevations; and creating a unique and approved fire separation between the two buildings. The coordination of site activities required respect and coordination of all the trades to support an extremely small area, all while constructing a new structure physically connected to an occupied residential complex.

Interior Renovations Over $5 Million – Offices

BPGS Construction, LLC

Power Home Remodeling Group Office Space

This fit-out was a complete renovation/restoration of roughly 100,000 SF of existing spaces located on the Chester Wharf. The new offices are located within a building that was built in the early 1900’s. Project highlights include a Living Wall featuring diverse plant species, an Auditorium with seating for 250 people, a Video Production Room with a Green Screen, and an inviting Executive Lounge. Challenges included accomplishing the construction work with existing tenants working directly below the active worksite. The goal of this 11-month project was to meet the Thanksgiving occupancy deadline. BPGS and its construction team accomplished this aggressive goal – on time and under budget.

General Education Over $5 Million

EDiS Company

Archmere Academy – St. Norbert Hall Renovations

EDiS supervised the addition and renovation to St. Norbert Hall, originally built in 1959 by Ernest DiSabatino and Sons. St. Norbert Hall serves as Archmere Academy’s main classroom building, hosting the tech center, library and learning commons, student lounges, study rooms and oratory. The addition to the library included a complicated plan to open up an existing two-story space, creating an atrium-like center and adding both an elevator and a monumental stairway. The project demanded outstanding and precisely timed teamwork, carefully planned around active student schedules and demanding space requirements. Keeping students safe on an active jobsite required a detailed temporary barrier plan, constantly managed and adjusted as the phases progressed to ensure a safe job site.

Historic Preservation Under $5 Million

Eastern Highway Specialists, Inc.

Speakman’s Covered Bridge Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Speakman’s Covered Bridge was originally constructed in 1881 on the King Ranch Preserve, now owned by the Brandywine Conservancy. Eastern Highway was selected to rehabilitate this historic landmark Located on Frog Hollow Road crossing Buck Run in Coatesville, PA. Great care was taken to preserve the original covered bridge design with a complex project ground-up construction of a modern bridge, while matching the architecture of the original structure. Highest levels of craftsmanship were required to refurbish the stone masonry along the wingwalls and abutment faces. The preservation of the original design, while completing the project on time and on budget, will continue to add to the cultural heritage of a uniquely beautiful part of the state of Pennsylvania.

General Building Under $5 Million

HSC Builders & Construction Managers

Rehabilitative & Therapy Gym

Designed to meet the needs of the community, this 10,000 SF facility is a primary care satellite office of the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. The Rehab Gym was designed to expand the hospital’s capacity for in-house therapy services as well as a School Program to provide classroom services for long-term patients. Nemours is one of the nation’s largest health systems devoted to pediatric patient care, teaching and research, and this facility will provide care for children in Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.   The project was completed within an already active area within the hospital, requiring utmost attention to the safety and wellbeing of the patients, caregivers and staff.

Outpatient Healthcare Under $5 Million

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

University of Maryland Radiation Oncology Center at Union Hospital

The project scope included renovations and a 1,100 SF concrete vault addition to an existing 7,500 SF building in Elkton, MD. It was designed for the University of Maryland Radiation Oncology Department to treat cancer patients in the Elkton community. The new concrete vault, housing the True Beam Linear Accelerator, was designed with walls 3’ to 6’ thick. The 5’ wide steel entrance door was filled with lead bricks, and the entry hallway was 3’ of concrete on either side. The project was a success due to the collaborative support of all involved parties. Considering the challenges presented during the construction phase, it is impressive to know this work took just ten months to complete – from design creation to occupancy!

Higher Education Over $5 Million

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Washington College Cromwell Hall

Located in the beautiful colonial town of Chestertown, Maryland, Washington College’s Cromwell Hall is an attractive and thoughtful new facility designed to fit within the architectural vernacular of this historic college and its surrounding community. The building is the first of two phases providing much-needed campus spaces carefully planned to allow for planned growth. The overall design is welcoming and inviting for students, faculty, administrators and visitors. The building meets LEED™ Gold certification requirements with a variety of credits that support sustainable site strategies, energy efficiency and materials and systems beneficial for indoor environmental quality.

Inpatient Healthcare Under $5 Million

Wohlsen Construction Company

UHS Dover Behavioral Health Addition

The overall scope of work increased the building’s footprint by 12,000 SF, adding 12 semi-private rooms, 24 beds, well-placed activity and group rooms, separate lounges for staff and visitors, a nurses’ station, offices and treatment planning and med prep rooms. The addition was completed while the secure mental health facility was occupied and operational, adding a level of complexity to the safety and constructability of the project. The project was finished safely and on time.

Special Projects Over $5 Million

Corrado Construction Company

The DE Turf Sports Complex

The DE Turf Sports Complex project was one of massive scale and demanding precision. Spread across nearly 100 acres, the complex consists of numerous fields and buildings requiring water and sanitary services run throughout the entire site. With all of the fields, parking lots and sidewalks; surface drainage runoff required proper collection and discharge. Adding to that, the project required the highest quality playing surfaces to meet the standards of tournament play. Demanding QA/QC measures from the design team were required to meet these objectives. As one example, the concrete curbs around the fields had to be installed to within a quarter inch of tolerance. The cooperative efforts of the entire project team allowed the project to be completed on time, allowing for play in the Spring of 2017.

Special Projects Under $5 Million

JJID, Inc.

NVF Wetlands Project

Brownfields redevelopment presents unique environmental challenges and JJID rose to the challenge with the NVF Wetlands Restoration. Site remediation included the proper handling of highly contaminated soils containing over 325,000 pounds of Zinc in a High-Risk work area where ground water and open water source contamination were of daily concern. JJID excavated and removed an estimated 23,000 CYs of contaminated soil, 4,800 CYs of concrete and steel from demolished structures, replaced 3,300 CYs of topsoil, and placed over 7,000 CYs of fill. The complete site restoration resulted in a restored stream and floodplain overflow for the Red Clay Creek. Project delivery exceeded expectations and prepares the area for the first round of creative residential and commercial development.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Electrical Over $5 Million

Furness Electric

CSC Corporate Headquarters

Furness Electric was a lead subcontractor in the creation of CSC’s new global headquarters. The Furness team installed four major systems, including: fire alarm, sound masking and security, both electrical and signaling. Minor systems included lighting control, stand-by power and uninterruptable power. The project called for 203 different fixture types with over 3,000 individual fixtures. And, equipment space issues challenged even our most experienced electricians. All systems were meticulously installed into custom finishes including wood, metal, drywall, accessible ceiling tile and exposed ceilings. Furness showed excellence in teamwork by crossing boundaries in constructive collaboration to improve project costs and design, providing the client with a finished product that met their high expectations.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Concrete

Healy Long & Jevin, Inc.

500 Walnut Street

With the creation of the most exciting new high-rise residential structure in Philadelphia, Healy Long & Jevin deployed state-of-the-art concrete construction technology and methods to meet the stringent project design and production schedules of a demanding client. Program highlights include: 16,500 CY of concrete, 3.2 million pounds of reinforced steel and one-sided concrete foundation walls. Production called for five-day cycles per floor and the creation of a central concrete core housing elevators and stairs, formed utilizing a custom hydraulic core climbing wall system designed and transported from Chicago. This building stands at the center of the busiest tourist area in Philadelphia, sandwiched between some of Old City’s most historic landmarks. Construction was a challenge, with the result…the most exclusive and most expensive residential property in Philadelphia.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Mechanical

Modern Controls

Johnson Matthey Air Handler Replacement

The Modern Controls team was called to action to replace a 40 year-old steam heat and chilled water system. The project created many challenges, including: working in a confined all concrete room with a single door for access; a tight demolition to completion schedule of just one week, over a holiday weekend; and a second floor mechanical room with no access for fork trucks or lifting equipment. The success of the project was a direct result of impressive team coordination, communication and detailed pre-fabrication field measurement.

Excellence in Craftsmanship – Electrical Under $5 Million

Preferred Electric, Inc.

Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital Rehabilitation and Inpatient Therapy Center Project

This project, for one of Delaware’s most respected medical centers, included the installation of specialty systems and rehabilitation equipment as part of an overall renovation of an existing area once used as patient rooms. One of the most exciting project features was the installation of the ZeroG Gait and Balance System, the most sophisticated wireless body-weight support rehab system in the world. A coordinated effort was required by all project team members to complete this project. The work area was located in an area used daily by patients and hospital personnel, requiring a well-planned program to minimize foot traffic, limit noise and to maintain a clean work environment. Preferred Electric staff enforced daily monitoring of all site conditions and adjusted staff and resources to meet the demanding schedule for this critical project.

Highway Construction Under $5 Million

George & Lynch, Inc.

US 113 at SR 14 Railroad Crossing Safety Improvements

The railroad crossing on Rt. 113, south of SR 14, had become a problem area and the existing tracks were in much needed repair. Carload Express, the leading short line railroad and transportation company in Delaware, saw the need to replace the tracks to better serve southern Delaware. The two main challenges for the project were that the railroad had to be opened within 96 hours of its closing and the roadway had to be opened up to traffic within 14 days of the closure. G&L Teamwork and precision logistics were crucial to meeting this schedule, with crews working 24/7. With heightened activity, including two rain days, the schedule was followed and the project was successfully finished ahead of time!

Highway Construction Over $5 Million

Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc.

Bridge 1-717 on I95 Over SR7

New technology led the way with this project, using precast deck panels in lieu of conventional poured concrete along with and ultra-high performance concrete with a polymer polyester concrete overlay, provided the State with a superior product that reduced construction time from several months to just a few weeks. Crews working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to complete this exciting project utilizing this technology for the first time in Delaware. Success on this vital project set a new standard for DelDOT. “Mumford & Miller’s ability to complete such a challenging project, causing limited impact to the traveling public, has played a role in DelDOT’s decision to continue with these types of projects in the future,” said Kevin R. Lindell, P.E., DelDOT Project Manager.

Infrastructure Construction Under $5 Million

Eastern States Construction Service, Inc.

Cecilton to Pearce Creek Water Main Transmission

Meeting the clean water needs of an expanding population provided the opportunity for Eastern States to complete the Cecilton, MD to Pearce Creek water main project. This water line project was necessary due to ground water and aquifer contamination resulting from the Pearce Creek Dredge Material Containment Area adjacent to the residential communities. The contract allowed 360 days to complete, test and turn over seven miles of 12” water main and two chlorine injection pump stations. Work included a 3,000 ft. horizontal directional drill. The project team was focused, aggressively completing the project on time and under budget by almost half a million dollars.

Smart Growth

Emory Hill & Company

Sultana Education Foundation Richard and Virginia Holt Center

This project, the design of a LEED Platinum candidate building in the National Historic District of Chestertown, MD, included blending state-of-the-art construction with the preservation of existing historic structures and context epitomized the concept of Smart Growth. The Holt Center opened its doors in late 2016 and since that time over 7,000 students and the public visited the facility for its educational mission to highlight the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and watershed. Among the exciting features of this remarkable project is the world’s largest interactive, embedded floor map with GIS projection system. The interactive map provides a holistic experience for all ages and is one of an array of educational programs provided by the center. A hallmark project for the Emory Hill & Company team!

Innovative Technologies Over $1 Million

Bancroft Construction Company

University of Delaware, Evans Hall-Cyber iSuite

The University’s Evans Hall Cyber Lab is also named the “iSuite” with the “I” referring to innovation. The suite is a collaborative teaching space in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the College of Engineering “where the inventive genius of the next generation of engineers will be awakened.” The project architect’s innovative use of a 3-D printer early in the design process enabled the project team to develop half-scale mockups of metal fabrics used for ceiling and wall elements to facilitate cost effective fabrication decisions. This effort incorporated ERV (energy recovery ventilation) and DOAS (dedicated outdoor air supply), key to the efficiency of the design. Transom skylights that were covered during prior construction were uncovered and reincorporated into the design, accenting the original steel framing and providing natural light. This project was recognized by the owner as “an excellent example of a positive partnership.”

Innovative Technologies Under $1 Million

DryZone LLC

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital PolyLevel Project

The safe transport of patients had become a significant problem for Nanticoke Hospital, requiring the “lifting” of the first floor hallway connecting to the hospital’s patient elevators. DryZone LLC utilized a new high-density foam product, PolyLevel, to permanently raise and level sunken concrete. Among the many challenges to this project was that work had to be done at night, after regular hours, and under extremely clean and quiet conditions, to ensure minimal disturbance to hospital patients. The DryZone team successfully completed this project without patient and staff disruption.


Dewson Construction Company

Owls Nest Road Estate

The design and construction concept for this beautiful family home was contemplated both subconsciously and consciously over the last 30 years. This transitional, cottage style custom home built by Tim Dewson for his family represents the culmination of Tim’s vast and varied body of work as the region’s premier home custom builder. DCC’s signature attention to detail in design, millwork and craftsmanship is seen throughout the home. The home is a stunning showcase of fine molding, custom wood paneling, intricate ceiling details, handcrafted doors and custom cabinetry, just to name a few of the home’s finer points. The incredible details reflect a home that seems to have come from an estate from a time past.