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Breaking Ground receives ABC Excellence awards

Breaking Ground Contracting received three Excellence in Construction awards, including Green Project of the Year for the second year running, from the Florida First Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

The awards were given for two of Breaking Ground Contracting’s projects in Jacksonville—its newly renovated office building on track for LEED Platinum certification and renovations to the Lakewood Presbyterian Church. The Excellence in Construction awards is one of the premier competitions in the building and construction industry, recognizing outstanding construction projects around the nation.

Taking home the awards for Green Project of the Year and Commercial Project less than $2 million was Breaking Ground Contracting’s newly renovated office and educational facility. On track for LEED Platinum certification, the 3,800-square-foot office features a 10 kilowatt photovoltaic solar system consisting of 51 panels that, along with numerous other technologies, are greatly reducing the company’s energy use and costs. The office also features a 1,400-square-foot vegetated roof with native drought tolerant plants, wildflowers, vegetables and herbs. A rain garden and living walls help reduce stormwater runoff and naturally remove toxins and contaminants from the air. The vegetated roof is being documented weekly at

A variety of materials from the original office, including wood, nails, brick, aluminum and windows, were recycled or reused in the new building. More than 99 percent of all wood used in the framing and finishes of the new building was taken from the demolition of the building or other construction projects, refurbished and reused.

Breaking Ground Contracting also took home the award for a Renovation less than $2 million with its work on the Lakewood Presbyterian Church. The church needed renovations to its lower chancel, nave and prayer room as well as the choir loft and the steeple. All renovation work at the church was highly detailed and involved significant millwork and custom carpentry items, extensive lighting replacement and lighting controls as well as painting of the high ceilings and church walls. Following the work on the Sanctuary, Breaking Ground Contracting provided rehabilitation to an existing, historical steeple at the church that had extensive wood damage. The steeple was completed ahead of schedule and is one of the most outstanding features on the building.

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