Excellence in Construction

Reams Construction Co. has achieved both local and national recognition for “Excellence in Construction” through membership with the national Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). We are also recognized as an Accredited Quality Contractor (ACQ) as a member of the Western Colorado Chapter of ABC (WCOABC), and have received the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) award several times due to our commitment to excellence and safety.

Project Receives National Recognition

We were awarded first place, the “Peak Performance Award for Excellence in Construction, ” by the WCOABC for the Eagle Mine Site Reclamation in 1997. Local winners were then allowed to compete at a national level, where there were more than 400 entries in 76 different divisions. In the December of 1997, Reams Construction Co. was notified that we had won the “Merit Award for National Excellence in Construction” in ABC’s competition in the Public Works/Environmental category. ABC is a national organization that currently has 79 chapters representing approximately 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms and 2 million employees. Its membership is representative of the industrial and commercial sectors of construction as well as all other specialties within the U.S. construction industry.

According to ABC’s National Excellence in Construction Awards website, the program is “the premiere competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation.” The Eagle Mine Site Reclamation was picked as the best among other outstanding project submissions: “The project…exemplified the very best in merit shop construction in America today,” proclaimed Robert P. Hepner, vice president of ABC at the time of the award.

The following year, Reams Construction Co. received the “Merit Award for Excellence in Construction” for the Aspen Water Treatment Plant Project at a local level and nationally received an honorable mention.


Reams Construction Co. has also received six first and second place “Excellence in Safety” awards as a member of ABC. The competition recognizes those companies who are actively working to create and maintain a safe work environment by making safety a way of doing business. “Excellence in Safety” is determined by a variety of parameters including but not limited to:

  • a written safety policy
  • regular meetings, seminars, and training
  • an industry standard formula for determining the incident rate

Coinciding with this safety program, we have also attained a “Platinum Level” STEP award, the highest that can be achieved.

Reams Construction Co. has achieved and maintained the status of an ACQ since 1997, which is comparable to the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” in the construction industry. The AQC Pledge is as follows: “As contractors, we want construction owners and the public in general to know that we care about our employees and the communities in which we build, and that we are prepared to demonstrate this concern through our actions. We are proud to be contractors and proud to be an integral part of this great industry. We want our many ‘publics’ to know that we are dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and that we are committed to providing our employees, now and in the future, with the skills they need to work safely and productively on the jobsite.”

Continued Recognition

Reams Construction Co. is an active member in WCOABC and we have earned numerous awards through that membership.

We received the “Excellence in Safety Award” for 30,000 to 50,000 man hours for the following years:

2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

We have also received the STEP award for the following years:

  • 2009 (Silver)
  • 2005 (Gold)
  • 2002 (Platinum)