Stites, J&S Construction awarded

March 3, 2013

Herald-Citizen, Sunday, March 3, 2013

NASHVILLE -- The Associated General Contractors of TN, Middle TN’s Branch recently hosted the annual Build Tennessee Awards Program, held at the Millennium Maxwell House on Feb. 21. J&S Construction Company was honored with the Award of Merit in Sustainable Design for the LEED® Gold Certified Stones River Manor Independent Living Facility, located in Murfreesboro. Johnny Stites, J&S Construction’s CEO, also received AGC’s most coveted award, the SIR Award, the construction lifetime achievement award.

J&S Construction designed and built the Stones River Manor facility to meet LEED for Homes requirements and received LEED Gold Certification June 2012. This project was the first LEED certification for an independent care facility in Tennessee. The 7,500 square-foot, nine-unit addition includes energy efficiencies such as spray foam insulation, Energy Star® windows, Energy Star® appliances, compact fluorescent lighting, reduced envelope leakage rates and insulated duct in unconditioned spaces. In addition to being LEED Gold Certified, all nine units are also Energy Star® Certified.

“J&S Construction is proud to be recognized for our energy-efficient design and construction,” said Brad Leimer, project manager and LEED AP for J&S Construction. “We feel sustainability is the future of construction, and we are excited to be on the forefront of this movement.”

The awards ceremony was closed when Johnny Stites was presented with the 2012 SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award. The SIR Award is reserved for someone who has made a substantial contribution, while honorably serving the construction industry and exemplifying Skill, Integrity and Responsibility in his or her endeavors.

Judging criteria also included the individual’s contribution to the local construction industry, the individual’s commitment to serving the community, as well as what sets this individual apart from others in the industry.

“I have been active in the construction industry for over 40 years and involved with AGC the entire time,” said Ed Baldwin, Procurement Manager - South East Region with Turner Construction Company. “During those years, I have met hundreds of people from many walks of life across the country. I can easily identify a short-list of individuals that are clearly set apart from the others with respect to character, ethics, honesty, fairness, concern for others and for truly making a difference in our industry. Johnny Stites is near the top of this list, if not at the top. Within minutes of meeting Johnny for the first time, I realized that he is a class-act and a genuine professional who is committed to doing the right thing...all the time.”

The SIR Award is in its fourth year of recognition and previous winners include Til Borland of the Parent Company, Ed Baldwin of Turner Construction Company and Hall Hardaway Jr. of HARDAWAY Construction Corp.


Other corporate winners include: 

  • We are Nashville Award, recognizes a firm who has gone above and beyond to answer the call of those in need during difficult times, Rogers Group
  • Educator of the Year, Demo Plus
  • Architect of the Year, Thomas Miller & Partners
  • Subcontractors of the Year, Lithko Contracting, Inc.
  • Subcontractors Project Awards:


$0-$1 Million Category

  • Winner: Summit Constructors, Inc. for Nashville Fire Department 31
  • Award of Merit: Boulton Enterprises, Inc for Vanderbilt University Medical Center


$1.1-$2 Million Category

  • Winner: Lithko Contracting, Inc. for Metro Nashville Fire Department Stations #3,31,21,30,33
  • Award of Merit: HMA Contractors, LLC for Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lebanon, TN
  • Supplier of the Year, Aerial Innovation; Award of Merit: Equipment Depot


$0-$2.5 Million Project

  • Winner: PBG Builders, Inc. for Rolfe Alumni Hall, Meharry Medical College
  • Award of Merit: Turner Construction Company for Raytheon 2nd Floor RMS Lab Build-Out


$2.51-$5 Million Project

  • Winner: Turner Construction Company for Saint Thomas Hospital- OR Renovations
  • Award of Merit: PBG Builders, Inc. for Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Airport


$5.1- $10 Million Project

  • Winner: PBG Builders, Inc. for LP Field Fan Enhancements
  • Award of Merit: Messer Construction Co. for West Police Precinct


$10.1-$20 Million Project

  • Winner: Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC for The Ensworth School Natatorium
  • Award of Merit: PBG Builders, Inc. for 17 South Briar Hollow


$50 Million + Project

  • Winner: Robins & Morton for Porter Regional Hospital
  • Award of Merit: Messer Construction Co. for Middle Tennessee State University Student Union


Renovation Project

  • Winner: HARDAWAY Construction Corp. for Tennessee State Capitol - Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical Upgrades
  • Award of Merit: The Parent Company, Inc. for McGugin Center Women's Locker Locker Rooms & Olympic Sports Mtg Rooms


Sustainability Project

  • Winner: The Parent Company, Inc. for MBA- Lowery Building
  • Award of Merit: J&S Construction Company, Inc. for Stones River Manor Independent Living Facility


2012 General Contractor of the Year:
 PBG Builders, Inc.

2012 SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award Winner, John D. Stites II of J&S Construction Company, Inc. (lifetime achievement award)


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