The program recognizes people and organizations that have made significant contributions to the industry and their communities while inspiring innovation in their respective fields. Winners received their awards at SCCA’s annual President’s Gala on Nov. 4 at the coastal Waterfront Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif.

“Safe, effective highways, roads and bridges are critical to California’s economy and car-centric culture,” said Charlie Nobles, executive director of the SCCA. “This year’s winners all made critical contributions in the heavy civil construction segment responsible for this infrastructure, something we should never take for granted.”

Ames Construction was recognized as “Contractor of the Year” for its numerous contributions on critical transportation infrastructure projects throughout Southern California, including work to add Express lanes on the I-15 in Riverside as well as major rail projects on the Perris Valley Line and Union Pacific Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal.

SCCA’s “Industry Partner of the Year” was presented to Rebuild SoCal for its work supporting statewide infrastructure projects and developing transportation education efforts in Southern California.

Ray Hopkins, chief, Division of Construction at CalTrans, was celebrated as “VIP of the Year.” In his role overseeing highway construction throughout California, Ray has earned a reputation for fairness, honesty, and steadfast advocacy of communication and transparency within the construction industry.

Finally, California State Assemblyman Tom Lackey was honored with the “Ed Kalish Legislator of the Year” award for his unwavering support of the heavy civil construction community and advocacy for both businesses and labor alike.

“It’s a massive and expensive task to build and maintain the transportation system that we all rely upon,” said John Gasparo, president of the SCCA board of directors and director of Security Paving, Westlake Village, Calif. “The individuals and companies we’ve recognized all made an outsized positive impact to southern California’s transportation infrastructure. We’re delighted to share our appreciation of their accomplishments with the construction industry and the public.”

In a dazzling display the Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA) recently unveiled a marquee at the height of the evening on November 4th to launch it’s upcoming 50th-year. The moment brought together industry leaders, members, and distinguished guests in a moment of celebration for SCCA’s continued achievements in the industry. The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as the milestone was marked with music, dancing, and a collective sense of pride for the accomplishments achieved over the past five decades. The marquee, a symbol of resilience and progress, showcased the association’s commitment to advancing the construction industry in Southern California. With its sleek design and prominent display, the 50th-year marquee served as a beacon for the SCCA’s continued dedication to fostering collaboration, fostering growth, and shaping the future of construction.