Top Construction Projects will be Honored Nov. 7

STLOUIS, Mo. –  Improving transportation and utility infrastructure, increasing industrial capacity for advanced manufacturing,  creating innovative healthcare and medical research centers and improving quality of life for all Missourians are just a few of the phrases that describe the work of the general and specialty contractor finalists for the 2024 Keystone Awards. Projects include roads, bridges and sewers; airport expansions; healthcare and medical research buildings; manufacturing facilities; commercial projects; sports, retail, entertainment and hotel projects; and a broad range of rail, utility and infrastructure projects.

The Construction Keystone Awards are presented by the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. A panel of five judges selected these outstanding projects as finalists based on strict criteria and will continue their review of additional data provided by the finalists in order to determine the winning project in each category.

The submissions span 11 categories focused on the work of AGCMO’s general contractor and specialty contractor members.  A majority of the projects are competing in the Mid-America Class covering projects built in Missouri plus eight contiguous states.  Three large projects are competing in the National Class, covering the lower 48 states outside of the Mid-America Class territory. All entries were made by AGCMO members across Missouri.

Winners of the 26th Annual Keystone Awards will be announced and celebrated at the AGCMO’s Construction Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 at the River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis. Specialty contractors also will be honored in various categories and the Specialty Contractor of the Year also will be announced.

“It’s rewarding to see the high quality work and projects taking place to replace and improve our aging infrastructure,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of AGCMO. “We’ve been talking about the ‘need’ for years. Now the Missouri legislature and the U.S. Congress have put significant resources into our roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Another positive sign for our economy is the several advanced manufacturing projects, healthcare and medical research facilities recently completed or well underway. Many people regard the construction industry as a bellwether for the overall economy, and we’re seeing a positive future with thousands of new jobs coming into our area.

“Building, highway and utility contractors across the state are developing innovative construction methods, using new materials and applying technology to help solve some of  the workforce and supply chain challenges that our industry faces,” added Toenjes. “Whether our member contractors are working on large or small projects, these finalists have done an outstanding job of overcoming challenges by assembling exceptional teams, adapting to a variety of construction challenges and developing solutions that bring these outstanding projects in on time and on budget.

“I believe our area has some of the best contractors and talented skilled labor in the nation,” said Toenjes. “And it’s exciting to see so many young people now entering our industry. They see that they can contribute their talents and make a direct impact on the future of their community while also creating a sustainable career for themselves and their family. It’s truly an exciting time for our industry.”