Gardner Asphalt Supply’s Jamie Hill accepts the Helping Hand Award from AECOM’s Matt Cummings.
7 Other Industry Firms Recognized
(WASHINGTON)— Gardner Asphalt Supply LLC of Bartow, Fla., and Florida Transportation Builders’ Association member companies were named the first place winner in the 2017 “Helping Hand Awards,” an annual competition sponsored by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).
The awards “recognize extraordinary programs – outside the scope of normal business operations— that demonstrably benefit and help improve the quality of life in the community where the company is based or conducts business.”
Indiana-based American Structurepoint, Inc., and the Florida-headquartered Munilla Family Foundation/MCM, are the respective second and third place winners. The awards were presented May 17 at an ARTBA Foundation awards lunch held in the Nation’s Capital.
Overall Winner: Gardner Asphalt Supply LLC & Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA) Member Companies
Gardner Asphalt Supply employee Jamie Hill came up with the idea to help Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg “get out from under the mud.” The school’s parking lot and surrounding land was unsafe and in dire need of repaving, but the $1.1 million price tag left the project out of reach for the private school.
Hill worked with Gardner and more than 30 FTBA members to provide services, materials and time to complete the project. The end result: a beautiful and safe parking lot with 350 spaces for faculty, parents and students, as well as LED lighting, new pillars, fencing and 300 trees on the school grounds. The project brought pride to the community, and made a major difference to the school.
2nd Place: American Structurepoint, Inc., Indianapolis
As part of its 50th anniversary, American Structurepoint was looking to make a significant donation to a major non-profit organization. The winning recipient of the $250,000 investment was the Indianapolis Public Schools “Project Lead the Way,” a national organization that provides transformative learning for kindergarten through 12th grade students and teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The gift will enable every Indianapolis public elementary, middle and high school to offer the program and help engage students. It has already helped expand the program from four schools to 11 and from 400 students to more than 1,700 in its first year.
3rd Place: Munilla Family Foundation/MCM, Miami, Fla.
Family owned general contractor MCM has operated for nearly 35 years under the philosophy of “to whom much is given, much is expected.” The company makes it a priority to give back to the community. The Foundation financially supports social initiatives channeled through a close relationship with the United Way of Miami-Dade, including groups like the Archdiocese of Miami, American Cancer Society, and Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
Five other honorable mentions were presented, including:
- SGL Corporate Community Investment: SGL Constructors, a joint venture of Skanksa, Granite Construction & LANE;
- Good Guys Committee: WSP USA & the E-470 Public Highway Authority;
- Louis Berger Philanthropic Initiatives; Louis Berger;
- 50th Anniversary Days of Service: TranSystems; and
- Kiewit’s Hawaii Guideway Project: Kiewit
Since 1985, the ARTBA-TDF, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has worked to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.