The Weitz Company’s work on the Ozark Mountain Poultry feed mill facility in Batesville, Ark., has earned the company a National Excellence in Construction® Pyramid Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Industrial ($15-25 million) category. Representatives from the company received the award March 2 during ABC’s 27th Annual Excellence in Construction® Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
“The Weitz Company earned this Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award through its outstanding craftsmanship, teamwork and world-class safety processes, and Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor them,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich. “The uncompromising commitment to top-quality construction from The Weitz Company’s team was clear from start to finish in building the Ozark Mountain Poultry feed mill facility. ABC is proud to claim these leaders in the merit shop construction industry among its members.”
Ozark Mountain Poultry was built under Weitz’s industrial business segment and had a scope of services that included project development, engineering, permitting, site development, civil, structural, mechanical and millwright installation. The signature feature of Ozark Mountain Poultry is the main mill structure that has a roof elevation of 189 feet. Weitz erected the mill using the slipform method of concrete construction.
The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects, with an Eagle Award presented to the top project in each category. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.
A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, Construction Users Roundtable, National Association of Women in Construction and representatives from higher education, among others.