The Associated Contractors of Vermont recently bestowed special honors on eleven of its members at the Annual AGC/VT meeting.

The AGC/VT Best Builder Awards recognize examples of outstanding quality of work and effort covering a broad and eclectic range of construction projects in Vermont in the past year.

AGC/VT also awarded two prestigious Founders Award named for the late Robert P. Lord, Sr., one of the originators of the association. Casella Construction of Rutland was recognized in the Heavy Industrial Aviation category for their work on the reconstruction project at the Newport State Airport, while Neagley & Chase Construction Company of South Burlington was recognized for building the Vermont Public Radio Expansion project in Colchester.


Lieutenant Governor, and Governor-Elect Phil Scott addresses the overflow crowd at the Associated General Contractors of Vermont Annual Meeting. The Governor-elect told the audience that his election is an opportunity for them to “step up and make a difference.”

Other AGC/VT members recognized included New England Air Systems, of Williston for their HVAC work at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, VT; PC Construction of Williston for the complete renovation and building of the multi-administrative facility at the Waterbury State Office Complex; Munson Earth-Moving Corporation of Williston for the construction of the Berlin Corners, VT Municipal Water System; Kingsbury Companies of Waitsfield for replacing the underwater electrical cable to Burton Island in Lake Champlain; and E.F. Wall & Associates of Barre for constructing the Maplewood Convenience Store in Berlin., VT. This 9,000 square-foot project was a collaboration between the developer and various state agencies.

A major historical project in Brownington, VT, produced by J.P. Sicard, of Barton, VT was also recognized. This project involved moving the 200-year grammar school with 40 teams of oxen to a new, custom-built foundation. Another notable, award-winning project was the new construction of a zero energy ready town office in Middlebury by Bread Loaf Corporation.

A special Outstand Project Award from the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association when to Bates & Murray, Inc., of Barre for the complete electrical upgrade and National Life of Vermont in Montpelier.

A second special award, a Best Builder Award from AGC/VT went to the Construction Technology Program at the Stafford Technical Center for Residential Construction, Outstanding Innovation & Excellence. The students, over a two-year time frame, built a five-star energy, two bedroom, two bath ranch with an attached one car garage that sold for $180,000. The award was presented by Lieutenant Governor, Governor-Elect Phil Scott, who began his construction carrier at a technical career center in Vermont.