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AGC of California Announces 2018 Award Winners

Constructor, Achievement, Education Friend Award Winners Honored During 31st Annual Awards Banquet in Lake Tahoe October 27th

SACRAMENTO — AGC of California honored top projects, companies and individuals in the California construction industry during its prestigious annual 2018 Awards Banquet held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, on October 27, 2018. More than 300 attended the prestigious black-tie event, the “Oscars” evening for the construction industry held in conjunction with AGC of California’s 2018 Annual Conference.

Nine outstanding projects built by AGC of California contractors were chosen as winners in the 31st Annual AGC of California Constructor Awards program. The winners were selected from a field of 22 previously announced finalists.

In addition to naming the Constructor Awards winners and finalists, AGC of California presented its 2018 Achievement Awards and Construction Education Friend Award.

Achievement & Construction Education Friend Awards

Ivan Ramirez, P.E., construction manager for the Contract Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), is recipient of AGC’s S.I.R. Achievement Award. He has worked in the construction industry for over 27 years, spending approximately 20 years working for the California Department Transportation and the last seven for CCTA. He is currently responsible for overseeing the Authority’s $1.5 billion construction program, which includes the State Highway System, Bay Area Rapid Transit System, and local government agencies. Over the last several years, he has focused on implementing innovation initiatives at CCTA including e-Construction, e-Bidding, e-Inspection, project controls and the use of drones. 

Jim Blois, owner and CEO of Blois Construction, Inc., Oxnard, is recipient of the 2018 Contractor Achievement Award. He grew up in the construction industry in his family business and in 2003 became the CEO and owner of the Oxnard, CA-headquartered heavy construction firm that has been in operation for over 50 years. He is a strong advocate for training and developing the next generation of construction leaders, supporting AGC scholarship and training programs for many years, and has supported numerous other worthy nonprofit organizations through the years. 

Ted Polich, Bali Construction, Inc., South El Monte, CA, received the 2018 Specialty Contractor Achievement Award. Polich grew up in a family with a long history in the Southern California construction market.  He estimated and managed projects for Western Pacific Contracting, The Polich Woodruff Company, and Colich & Sons before purchasing a partnership in Bali Construction, Inc. in 2003, where he currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. Polich has served on Boards of both the ECA & AGC, is currently serving as the Chair of the Joint Engineering Division, AGC of California, and trustee of the Industry Advancement Fund.

Sam Hassoun, founder and president of Global Leadership Alliance, Inc. (GLA), Sacramento, is recipient of AGC’s Associate Achievement Award. He is a registered civil engineer in the state of California with over 35 years of professional engineering experience in design, construction, maintenance, and management of a wide range of projects. Hassoun started his engineering career with the Bechtel Corporation and work for Caltrans for several years including as Quality Program Manager and Office Chief of Partnering before founding GLA. An international trainer, speaker, and presenter on Partnering and leadership, he consults with numerous organizations and companies on collaborative dispute prevention systems. 

Gary Rafferty is recipient of AGC of California’s Construction Education Friend award. He retired as President and Chief Operations Officer of Swinerton Builders, San Francisco, in 2017 but remains a member of Swinerton’s Board of Directors. With over 44 years of experience in design and construction, Rafferty managed approximately 1,500 professional staff, 1,100 craft personnel, and $4.0 billion annual construction volume at Swinerton. He has long been active in mentoring and developing engineering and construction management college students and recent graduates and serves on the advisory boards for several California universities including as a lecturer at Cal State University Long Beach for the past 12 years. 

Constructor Awards

The 2018 AGC of California Constructor Award winners and finalists span a diverse array of project types from throughout California. Each winner received the specially commissioned award – a solid bronze sculpture weighing nearly six pounds and depicting a surveyor with hardhat and transit. The nine winners were chosen from a field of 22 previously announced finalists, all of whom were spotlighted during the awards evening recognizing their outstanding efforts in construction. Constructor winners and finalists are all AGC members.

2018 Constructor Awards Winners:

  • Community Service
    • Shasta District – CSU Chico Student Chapter for “Caper Acres Swings Project – Bidwell Park” – Chico

  • Excellence in Project Management
    • Projects $15 Million or Below – Flatiron West, Inc. for “South Fork Smith River Road” – Hiouchi
    • Projects Over $15 Million – Turner Construction Company for “Wilshire Grand Center” – Los Angeles

  • Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Job
    • Projects $15 Million or Below – Disney Construction, Inc. for “Caltrain San Francisco Bridges Roadway Project” – San Francisco
    • Builder Classification – Swinerton Builders for “Trinity Place – 33 8th Street” – San Francisco
    • Heavy Engineering Classification – Syblon Reid for “Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency Response” – Oroville
    • Specialty Contractor $15 Million or Below – Royal Electric Company for “Arch Nexus Sacramento” – Sacramento
    • Specialty Contractor Over $15 Million – Royal Electric Company for “Oakland South Field Runway 12-30 Rehabilitation” – Oakland

  • Excellence in Partnering
    • Kiewit / Manson, JV for “San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Marine Foundation Removal Project Phase 2” – San Francisco / Oakland

Constructor Awards final judges for the 2018 Awards program included: 2018 Awards Committee Chair Pat Kelly, Granite Construction; Dave Garese, Excel Bonds & Insurance Services, Inc.; John Gutierrez, Marina Landscape, Inc. (Specialty Contractors Council Chair); Randy Iwasaki, Contra Costa Transportation Authority (outside industry judge); Ted Polich, Bali Construction Inc. (Joint Engineering Division Chair); Steve Rule, Turner Construction Company (Building Division Chair); and Bert Somers, Ferrovial Agroman US Corp (Awards Committee Vice Chair).

For more information on AGC’s awards program or this year’s winners, visit AGC of California online at