Special Olympics Headquarters Wins National Construction Quality Award

posted by Bob Galloway

White Construction was awarded the National Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for the Special Olympics Texas Headquarters Building. They are the sole recipient of ABC's Eagle Award on the national level in the Commercial $5 – $10 million category. Jackson Galloway Associates led the design team for the project which was constructed utilizing a Design/Build delivery system. 

Memo from JGA to Neel White, Bob Higgins, and Brad Barber of White Construction,

Congratulations on the National ABC Eagle Award for the new Special Olympics Texas, Austin Headquarters. We at JGA wish to once again say how much we appreciate being invited to provide design team services for the project and to work alongside such an excellent company as White Construction, serving the building and management needs of such a wonderful client. We consider the new Special Olympics Headquarters to be one of JGA’s most successful projects.

As you know nearly all of our clients are non-profit organizations – churches, schools, etc. However in our 19 years in business we have seldom ever encountered a staff and leadership team as focused and as selfless as the one led by Margaret Larsen and Steve Hayes. They have a mind-set of such careful stewardship of their donor resources and the maximization of funding for their athletic programs that it was often a challenge to get them to imagine crafting and customizing their own operations space. In fact, the modesty of their previous offices was a testament of their dedication to the Special Olympic athletes and their families.

So, it is not surprising that they would be so impressed and thankful for the quality of their new headquarters – managed and built by White Construction. At the grand opening celebration they went around the room and each staff member expressed the gratitude they had for their new workspace – some with tears. As David Polkinghorn of our staff said, “Wow, I wish we had their heart-felt comments on video!”

As always, your crew at White Construction has been terrific managers of the entire project. It is a real joy to work with of such a competent and professional team of builders. Thank you again for inviting JGA on board.

– Bob Galloway, AIA