Award wins include three Pyramid Awards, distinguished Eagle Award
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 29, 2023) — For the seventh consecutive year Stellar has won
the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Florida First Coast Chapter Awards for Excellence
in Construction (EIC). The awards ceremony took place August 18 at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront, where 40 Stellar team members, spanning departments such as project
management, safety, marketing, and leadership, attended the milestone event. Stellar was
honored with three Pyramid Awards and the esteemed Eagle Award.
Stellar achieved the highest honor, the Eagle Award, for constructing the bestbet gaming facility
in St. Augustine, Florida. The 40,673-square-foot facility features a traditional poker cardroom
as well as a simulcast area with real-time horse racing and multiple dining choices, including a
full-service kitchen, sushi bar and sports bar. Located on eight acres near I-95 and SR 207 in St.
Johns County, the facility blends gaming with natural surroundings and parking for over 457
"Our consecutive wins at the ABC Awards for Excellence in Construction reaffirm our
unwavering commitment to delivering top-tier projects," said Scott Wright, Stellar's Project
Manager for the bestbet project. "These awards celebrate our dedication to industry-leading
practices and innovation in construction, reinforcing our standing as global leaders. We take
pride in consistently surpassing the limits of excellence and setting new industry benchmarks."
Stellar also won three Pyramid Awards, including one for its design and construction of the Swift
Prepared Foods meat processing facility in Columbia, Missouri. The Italian meats and
charcuterie plant features advanced technology to process frozen raw product through distinct
units for processing, drying, fermenting and packaging, all managed by automated guided
vehicles. It also includes a state-of-the-art research and development plant, a show kitchen,
employee welfare areas and an Italian cafe-inspired customer zone.
The second Pyramid Award went to the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Hawaii restoration
project in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Renovations included the main entrance and veranda, with
enhancements such as fresh paint, signage, tile work, storefront systems and more. The Stellar
team enabled the MCX to continuously operate throughout the renovation process.
Stellar received a third Pyramid Award for its work on the University of North Florida's arena
donor suite in Jacksonville, Florida. The work included upgraded amenities and advanced
seating, operable glass walls and a court-view mezzanine.
The Florida First Coast Chapter of ABC serves contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and
associates across Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam,
St. Johns and Union counties.
Award-winning projects are now eligible for the National ABC Excellence in Construction
competition, which evaluates projects for project safety, quality control, schedule adherence,
innovative productivity, successful navigation of project challenges and other relevant factors.
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Stellar is a fully integrated design, engineering, construction, refrigeration, and mechanical
services firm serving commercial, industrial, and public sector markets across the United States.
More than 750 Stellar employees create award-winning food processing plants, refrigerated
warehouses, distribution centers, commercial buildings, and military facilities. In addition to its
Jacksonville, Florida headquarters, Stellar offers service and support locations throughout the
United States. For more information, visit www.stellar.net.
Established in 1993, the ABC Florida First Coast Chapter has grown to nearly 200 member
companies, collectively representing a thriving community of thousands of construction industry
professionals across Northeast Florida. Built upon the principles of the merit shop ideology, ABC
is dedicated to fostering the growth of individuals within the construction sector and ensuring the
ethical, profitable, and safe completion of top-tier projects. Our mission aims to contribute to the
enhancement of Northeast Florida and the surrounding communities we engage with. For more
information, visit www.abcfirstcoast.com.
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