ABC Carolinas Chapter EIC

The ABC Carolinas Chapter Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards is a yearly competition in which general contractors and specialty contractors submit their projects for recognition. The EIC program is the premier competition within the Carolinas construction community that recognizes outstanding projects ABC members have built.

Each year, ABC Carolinas Chapter members nominate their best projects via an online application describing the unique characteristics and quality of their projects.  Applications are judged by impartial members of the construction industry, including prominent engineers and architects, according to the criteria for each award. Awards given in any category may be an Honorable Mention, an Award of Merit, or a first-place Eagle Award.  The ABC Carolinas Chapter also recognizes three specialty awards: ABC Carolinas Green Award, ABC Carolinas Design-Build Award, and ABC Carolinas Best in BIM Award.

The annual EIC Awards Gala held in November is an opportunity for entire project teams—including owners, design and engineering partners—to be recognized and collectively celebrate all award-winning projects.  At the Gala, Project of the Year Award winners are announced for a general contractor and for a specialty contractor.

Click Here to View the 2020 ABC Carolinas Chapter EIC Application.

ABC National Excellence in Construction Awards Program

A project awarded an ABC Carolinas Chapter Eagle or Merit Award is eligible to submit to the ABC National EIC Awards competition. To learn more about eligibility requirements and important dates and deadlines, visit their website. To learn best practices for your application, check out this video.



General Contractor Project Of The Year

LeChase Construction 

- Duke University Crowell Quad Residence Hall Renovation

Carolinas Design-Build Award

Crowder Construction
 - Calls Creek Water Reclamation Facility

Carolinas Best In BIM Award

LeChase Construction
 - Duke University Crowell Quad Residence Hall Renovation

Specialty Contractor Project Of The Year Finalists

Watson Electrical Construction
- Union Station Restoration & Renovation - Phase II

Free Entreprise Award

Adams Electric 
- Lexington Medical Center Clinical Expansion

Chapter EIC Presentation of Awards

Carolinas Project of the Year recognizes the single project that best exemplifies the contributions of quality construction in the Carolinas and is selected from the Eagle Award recipients in both the General Contractor and Subcontractor/Specialty categories.

Free Enterprise Award recognizes the General Contractor with the largest number of ABC members working on the project

Eagle Award recognizes the first place General Contractor and Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor winner in a category.

Merit Award recognizes up to three additional General Contractor and Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor projects in a category

Carolinas Best in BIM Award highlights exemplary BIM case studies to honor projects that excel in the use of Building Information Technology.

Carolinas Design-Build Award highlights construction efforts that exhibit best practices of the design-build delivery method and how collaborative relationships between project stakeholders advance the practice and profession of the construction industry. The award is designed to honor projects that excel in the use of the design-build method.

2020 Important Dates:
June 29 - Phase I Open

August 14 - Phase I Deadline (intent to submit and payment due)

September 25 - Phase II Deadline (Complete project submission due)

Early October - Judging Begins

End of October - Winners Notified (excluding Project of the Year Awards)



Have Questions About Submitting for EIC?

Contact your ABC support staff or Erin Branham, EIC Chair:

Submission Fees:
There is a $250 application fee for any projects being submitted for EIC consideration. Projects may also be considered for the  "Best in BIM", and "Design-Build" awards, for an additional $150, per category.



Register Your Project Here
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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.