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Dukes, Edwards & Dukes, Inc. and LRA & Associates, Inc. Honored by Associated General Contractors

Dukes, Edwards & Dukes, Inc. (DED) and LRA & Associates, Inc. (LRA) were honored for their work in the construction industry by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC) during the Awards Breakfast of their Annual Convention at Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa, June 6-9, 2019. Rep. Winfred Dukes attended the affair with Project Manager, Oscelius Farrar. DED and LRA won 1st Place in the 2019 Build Georgia Award Program for their collaboration on the Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy (4C) project for the Dougherty County Board of Education.

The AGC Build Georgia Award celebrates firms and projects demonstrating construction excellence. Winning projects represent the best the construction industry has to offer by both general contractors and specialty contractors who demonstrate their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Exceptional project safety performance
  • Overcoming the challenges of a difficult project
  • Innovation in construction techniques and materials
  • Excellence in project management and scheduling
  • Dedication to client service and customer care

“We are grateful to receive this prestigious award for working with LRA on a project so important to our education community,” said Dukes. “The 4C Academy partnership between the Dougherty County School System, Albany Technical College, Albany State University and our business community will benefit young people for years to come.  It will equip educators with a modernized facility to carry on a great legacy of academic excellence and achievement in Albany, Dougherty County and neighboring counties.”  Other school system partners include the Baker County School System, the Calhoun County School System, and the Terrell County School System.

Local participation in the 4C Academy project was highly successful with more than 90% local participation and more than 20% Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation.  John L. “Jake” Reese IV of LRA states, “The partnership between LRA Constructors, Inc. and Dukes, Edwards & Dukes, Inc. was formed to create value and better allow the client to meet and exceed its goals of budget, schedule and local participation.  We are very glad to have been the catalyst to make that happen.”

The 4C Academy project included renovations, modifications and additions to the previous Southside Middle School, originally constructed in 1962.  The 104,428 square foot state-of-the-art facility includes a multi-purpose community room and spaces for 14 career pathways ranging from healthcare and manufacturing to marketing and aviation. The existing gymnasium was transformed into robotics and engineering labs.

The team worked closely with the architect and engineers to provide solutions that met design intent, budget and the owner’s goals.  Completing four phases in 13 months required exemplary teamwork, detailed planning and seven-day workweeks, ultimately delivering a project under budget.

The Keynote Speaker for the Awards Breakfast and Program was Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), who served as commander of the USS Cole in 2000, when it was targeted by a deadly Al Qaeda terrorist attack.

Outgoing President, Keven Kuntz, welcomed participants by inviting them to participate in numerous convention activities for members and families. AGC Georgia had something for everyone. Activities included business meetings and dinners, networking events, golf tournaments, Kids and Teens Clubs, and a Young Leadership Program Dinner. The Ladies’ Brunch was hosted by Mrs. Cheryle Kuntz.

The Closing Dinner featured the 2019 Skill, Integrity and Responsibility (SIR) Award presentation to Michael E. Kenig, Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company in Atlanta, and the Installation of 2019-20 President, Brian Daniel.

The Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (known as AGC Georgia), one of 89 Chapters of The Associated General Contractors of America, was organized in Atlanta on March 15, 1928. Originally chartered as “Georgia Branch, Associated General Contractors of America, Inc.,” the chapter operated under this name until May 2012. AGC Georgia is the leading, statewide professional trade association representing the commercial construction industry in Georgia. The AGC of America represents more than 27,000 firms nationwide.

Founded in 1978, LRA Constructors, Inc. is a full service general contracting, design-build and construction management firm working in Georgia, Florida and Alabama and serving a diverse range of clients in the automotive, religious, healthcare, industrial, government, education, office, multi-unit, retail and specialty markets.

Dukes, Edwards & Dukes, Inc. is the evolution of nearly 60 years of hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence. The company was started by Sylvester Dukes & Raymond Edwards as Dukes & Edwards Construction in 1951.  They were a non-bonded commercial masonry construction company that grew as general contractors. Winfred Dukes joined Dukes & Edwards more than 35 years ago as a masonry laborer.  He continued to build his skills by taking on positions as carpenter, construction superintendent, estimator and project manager. In 1988, the company was incorporated and became Dukes Edwards & Dukes, Inc.

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