Building Hope: CBC Uvalde Wins ABC South Texas Excellence in Construction Eagle Award

Building Hope: CBC Uvalde Wins ABC South Texas Excellence in Construction Eagle Award

BY Sarah Trocolli - Mar 18, 2024

The CBC Uvalde project stands as a testament to the power of collective action and unwavering commitment. Recently honored with the prestigious ABC South Texas Excellence in Construction Eagle Award, this project exemplifies the transformative impact that dedicated individuals and organizations can achieve when driven by a shared vision.

The journey began with a simple yet profound idea—to repurpose an underutilized mid-century body shop owned by St. Philip’s Episcopal Church into a sanctuary of healing. Under the guidance of Rogers-O’Brien Construction (RO), the roughly 2,400-square-foot structure underwent a remarkable metamorphosis over the course of six months, from January to June 2023.

The scope of work was extensive, involving both interior and exterior renovations aimed at creating a safe and welcoming space for the Uvalde community. The historical nature of the building introduced unique challenges. As the building was built in the 1940s, there was no existing plumbing installed in the building, and so new lines needed to be run through the concrete flooring. The team was also tasked with reinforcing the concrete foundation, demolishing existing structures, installing updated MEP systems, and adding new HVAC units.

What truly sets the CBC Uvalde project apart, however, is the spirit of collaboration and compassion that infused every aspect of its development. Architects and trade partners generously donated their time, materials, and expertise, embodying the true essence of community support. Together, the project team overcame challenges and obstacles, ensuring that the project remained true to its mission despite the odds.

One of the most striking features of the renovated space is its thoughtful design choices, which serve as symbols of resilience and hope. The installation of ballistic windows and doors, for instance, not only enhances safety but also sends a powerful message of optimism in the face of adversity. Similarly, the creative use of mosaic tiles serves as a metaphor for the project's journey—broken pieces coming together to create something beautiful and meaningful.

Throughout the project, the project team demonstrated unparalleled adaptability and resourcefulness in overcoming obstacles, from labor shortages to unpredictable weather conditions. Their unwavering commitment to the CBC's mission ensured that the renovation was completed on time and within budget.

More than just a building, CBC Uvalde is a symbol of resilience, compassion, and the power of collective action. It stands as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is light to be found in the bonds of community and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

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