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Davis Takes Home Two Excellence in Construction Awards

Davis Construction and Engineers has been chosen as the winner of two 2022 AGC Excellence in Construction Awards.

The Covenant House, led by Matt Helzer, won the 2022 Excellence in Construction Award for a project under $5,000,000.

Covenant House of Alaska (CHA) is the largest provider of services to homeless and runaway youth in the state of Alaska, and after announcing their new transitional housing project called “Bridge to Success”–a program dedicated to helping move youth from homelessness to stability–Davis Constructors and Engineers were tasked with constructing a new, 22 “micro-unit” apartment building including bedrooms, a lounge, a full kitchen, laundry room, and staff offices. The project included a complete three-story standalone wood structure and the exterior of the building featured a modified exterior rain screen system, designed by Davis, which used extruded aluminum channels and plastic bushing for multi-elevation facades. The new addition to the building also included Sun-Power Maseon solar panels, which deliver the highest efficiency in the commercial market and delivers up to 60% more energy from the same space in the first 25 years. The 3 story, 10,000 sf building was completed on time and on budget within the constraints of a global pandemic and working on site in downtown Anchorage, and was completed within the 10 month schedule.

The Marriott A Loft Hotel, led by Gaute Johansen, won the 2022 Sustainability in Construction Award.

The Aloft Hotel brand is most notable for its modern architecture and design styles throughout its hotels. Davis Constructors and Engineers were tasked with bringing not only Aloft’s latest (4th Generation) eclectic design guides to life, but also per the owner’s request, a pool and communal 2,700 sf meeting space with the capabilities of breaking down into three equally sized conference rooms delineated by two state-of-the-art soundproof operable partitions. A Capstone C65 Microturbine was procured and installed to serve the Fire, Life, Safety (FLS) Systems to maximize energy efficiency and lower utility costs. Microturbines offer a variety of benefits, from ultra-low emissions to higher efficiency, and by utilizing natural gas to generate electricity. This is particularly important in the case of Alaska–where major utility companies employ natural gas to generate electrical power. This means that the Aloft Hotel can directly convert the natural gas to electricity on sight to serve the FLS systems. Davis also installed four electric vehicle charging stations, allowing for multiple efficient charging options on the premises.

The Parker, Smith & Feek Excellence in Construction Awards are given in recognition of exceptional projects completed by contractors and presented at the annual AGC of Alaska Conference. Davis submitted a package on the projects for consideration and was judged against others in their respective categories by independent industry professionals. Davis’ submissions were reviewed on the following criteria: meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in project management, contractor’s innovation in construction techniques or materials, contractor’s state of the art advancement, contractor’s sensitivity to the environment & surroundings, excellence in client service, and the contractor’s contribution to the community.

Read more about the awards in the latest issue of AGC Magazine here: