Nuera Construction LP honored with top prize at 2017 Excellence in Construction Awards

Sixteen contractors recognized for quality, craftsmanship, and safety

(San Diego, California) – Nuera Construction LP won highest honors for its Wesley Palms Retirement Community Renovation at the 2017 Associated Builders and Constractors San Diego Chapter “Excellence in Construction Awards.”  Nuera was named for the “Top Project by a General Contractor,” the event’s major award and its equivalent of a “Best Picture” Oscar.

The EIC awards program recognizes projects built with exceptional quality, design, craftsmanship, and safety by ABC members. Merit shop contractors working on projects ranging from retail stores to retirement communities, military installations, hospitals, schools, libraries, and office buildings were honored for their work.

Projects were judged by an independent panel of judges based on a set criteria of safety, innovation, quality of construction, and owner satisfaction.

“Shining a spotlight on these exceptional construction projects achieves two vital goals,” said Shandon Harbour, ABC San Diego CEO. “First, we demonstrate how skilled merit-shop construction professionals deliver the highest quality of work on time and on budget. Second, we share best practices for the entire industry to learn and benefit from on future projects, raising the bar for our entire industry.”

Originally developed at a cost of $5 milion in 1962, owner Front Porch Retirement Communities initiated the first ever complete infrastructure replacement and modernization of Wesley Palms, starting with the $14 million renovation of its 122-unit apartment complex. Nuera Construction LP completed all work on the main building on schedule and within budget despite a 20 percent scope increase due to numerous unforeseen conditions, while logging 114,209 man hours of work with zero OSHA recordable accidents, no lost-time accidents, and no restricted day cases.

Nuera’s single greatest challenge confronted it from the first day: completing all work safely and on schedule working in and around 121 occupied living units – while also ensuring the quality of life stayed consistent for the residents from age 70 to over 100 years old. Through good communication, genuine care for the residents, and anticipating surprises due to unforeseen conditions in a 55-year-old building, Nuera accepted challenges and found solutions.

Nuera President & CEO Walter Fritz says he and his team are most gratified by the response of Wesley Palms residents to the results, and by their compliments to all of the employees working on site for their care and consideration.

About ABC San Diego

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. The San Diego Chapter of ABC represents construction and construction-related firms throughout San Diego County. To find out more about ABCSD, visit





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