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W.E. O’Neil, Kappcon Take Top Cornerstone Awards

Wyatt Award Goes to Knapp By Larry Copenhaver struction Specification Institute, the W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. National Association of Women and Kappcon were honored as the in Construction, the Society for top contractors at the Cornerstone Design Administration, and the Building Foundation awards in Southern Arizona Architects and March. Engineers Marketing Association. Nearly 300 workers representing The foundation was founded in Tucson’s top construction-related 1994 by Robert Hershberger, then businesses gathered at the Tucson dean of the University of Arizona Convention Center for the anCollege of Architecture, with the nouncement of the 2017 awards. goal of bringing together members W.E. O’Neil Construction was of the local chapter of the AIA named the top large general conand members of the local chapter tractor, while Kappcon won as the of ABA to form a separate nonsmall general contractor. profit and provide a Fred Knapp, VP platform from which at CORE Construction, received the peers could honor Jerry Wyatt Commuthe best companies nity Service Award. in project delivery Knapp’s experience through an annual exceeds 36 years in awards program. the industry. His roles In 2009, CBF have evolved, begincreated a separate ning as laborer and organization that working his way up functions as CBF Fred Knapp to be the owner of Charities. It accomKnapp Construcmodates tax deducttion. He joined CORE six years ible donations and serves as deposiago. This award is sometimes retory of the CBF endowment funds. ferred to as the “good guy” award, Some $8,800 in construction-relatan honor bestowed on a contractor ed scholarships was awarded at this at-large for his or her contribution year’s program. of integrity and public service to Southwest Gas was the primary the industry. The first Jerry Wyatt sponsor of the banquet. Award was given posthumously to “These awards are a big deal. Wyatt in 2010 and has become one These are prestigious awards,” of the most respected awards in the said CBF Executive Director Brent local construction industry. Davis. Winners received plaques Cornerstone’s membership now passed out from the podium by emincludes the American Institute of cee Dan Cavanagh. Here are the winners of the 2017 Architects, the Arizona Builders’ Cornerstone Building Foundation Alliance, the American Council awards: of Engineering Companies, Con160 BizTucson


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John Hobbs W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. – General Contractor of the Year –

(Typically does projects worth more than $2 million.) This full-service general contracting company, founded in 1982, has built a proud heritage of quality, integrity and customer satisfaction, Cavanagh said. The company, under the leadership of President John Hobbs and VP Tommy Roof, has produced quality projects ranging from small tenant improvements to the 300,000-square-foot The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain resort in Marana.

Ken Cawthorne K.C. Mechanical Engineering – Design Consultant of the Year –

This company calls Tucson home even though it is certified in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas. K. C. Mechanical Engineering specializes in the design of HVAC, plumbing and other mechanical systems for commercial, institutional and industrial projects. The principals of the company include Ken Cawthorne, Ken Weyker and Robert Kunkel.