Awards and Recognition

Accredited Quality Contractor

The AQC program is a holistic cultural assessment of a company based on the five core areas of responsibility: quality, safety, education, talent management and community relations. The program sets companies apart from other contractor firms and gains them visibility within the industry through national publications, such as Construction Executive magazine. Plus, AQC members can use the program marketing tools provided to promote their credential, such as customized letters of recommendation, news release templates, use the logo on hardhats, jobsite signage and bid documents.

Beam Club

The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. By recruiting five new members, ABC members are automatically enrolled in the Beam Club by their chapter. Members receive one point for each new member recruited. Beam Club activity is ongoing from year to year, with members’ point totals continually accruing and advancing members to the next Beam Club award level. For more information, contact Katy Driver, Director of Membership Development

Construction Management Competition

The ABC Construction Management Competition is the hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management. The competition is designed to challenge the construction knowledge, organization, time management, and presentation skills of the nation's top construction management students.

Contractor of the Year

The Contractor of the Year is selected by ABC’s National Executive Committee. The award, presented annually at the Excellence in Construction® Awards Gala during the ABC Convention, is typically given to an ABC contractor member. For more information, contact Betsy Strock, Director of Member Services

Construction Workforce Awards

The ABC Construction Workforce Awards features the Craft Instructor of the Year, Craft Professional of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. These individuals play critical roles in shaping the future of the construction industry by highlighting construction as a meaningful lifelong career, emphasizing safe work practices and expanding education opportunities. The winner of each award is announced at ABC Convention.

Excellence in Construction® Awards

ABC's Awards of Excellence Program is the premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. The winners are announced at the EIC Awards Gala in conjunction with the ABC Convention.


Inclusion, Diversity and Merit Excellence Awards

The National Inclusion, Diversity and Merit Excellence Awards annually recognize ABC members that display exemplary IDM leadership in their workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices and education and mentoring programs. The winners are announced at the ABC Convention.

National Craft Championships

ABC’s annual National Craft Championships celebrate lifelong learning in the merit shop construction industry. Craft trainees from chapter and member training programs across the country compete for national recognition in 13 crafts in an intense event during the ABC Convention.

National Safety Excellence Awards

The ABC National Safety Excellence Awards recognize companies that exhibit a continued commitment to jobsite safety and whose safety performance and programs are judged to be exemplary by the ABC National Safety and Health Committee.

National Student Chapter of the Year

The ABC Student Chapter of the Year recognizes an outstanding student chapter for its accomplishments in programming, community service, communications/public relations and interaction with its sponsoring ABC chapter during the academic year.

STEP Safety Management System

Established in 1989, ABC’s STEP program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors, to establish safety as a core value. STEP offers an organized approach for analyzing and developing company-wide safety and loss prevention programs that can reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent.

Top Performers

ABC’s Top Performers lists recognize ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity and project excellence ranked by work hours, with special designations identified.