Merit Awards


Merit Awards 2018

ABC Mississippi recognizes excellence in construction quality each year with our annual Merit Awards competition. This year represents our 32nd annual competition. Through this program, ABC Mississippi seeks to honor contractors whose work exemplifies the high degree of quality that is common within ABC Mississippi membership. Merit Award eligibility , judging criteria, categories application requirements and award presentation details are as follows.

Any current member of ABC Mississippi is eligible to submit an entry. Projects or work completed between  September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 will be considered for 2018

Entries will be judged on the basis of difficulty, unusual features, contract time, budget and quality of construction. Project photos and an accurate project narrative is critical for determining merit.

PROJECT CATEGORIES  Please click here to download a printable PDF of all project categories. Categories 1-12 are for companies that perform general contracting or construction management. Categories 13-22 are for companies that perform specialty contracting and are not acting as the general contractor or construction manager. New in 2017, out-of-state projects are noted with a check box on the online application. There is no separate category for out-of state and out-of-state projects are accepted.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS  All 2018 applications will be submitted online. A total of four entries may be submitted with no more than two projects per category, per company, including subsidiaries. Separate online entries are required for each project. Online applications and payment must be received by Noon on Thursday, October 4, 2018. No exceptions will be made. Each application must include:
  • Project Name, Location & Owner Name
  • Architect & Engineer Names
  • Four (4) digital color project photos with a resolution of 200 dpi or greater.
  • A project narrative which is a project description in a Word document that highlights project’s key features. Project Narratives must be in 12 point font, double spaced and limited to a single page. To maintain anonymity, please do not use your company name in the description or company letterhead. The following items must be included in the Project Narrative: 
    • Project Name
    • Project Scope
    • Completion Time
    • Safety Information
    • Project Summary
    • Letter of Recommendation from Architect or Owner (OPTIONAL)
  • Payment of $275 per entry either via credit card online or in the form of a check must reach ABC Mississippi by Noon on Thursday, October 4, 2018, for the entry to be eligible. If paying online, all entries can be paid for in your first submission. Read online instructions carefully. If paying via check, it is not necessary to write one check per entry. One check times the total number of entries should be made payable to ABC Mississippi, 5165 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, Mississippi 39208.
  • Online applications and payment must be received by Noon on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT & AWARD PRESENTATION  All winners will be announced on October 11, 2018 and awards will be presented at our Merit Awards Banquet on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Old Capitol Inn. Online registration for the banquet will be available late October 2018.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Weezie Horn at or 601.944.0421 with any application questions.



5165 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, Mississippi 39208
601.944.0421 office
601.944.0450 fax

10480 Corporate Drive
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
228.897.1711 phone
228.897.2711 fax


To protect and enhance the free enterprise system and the Merit Shop philosophy in the Mississippi construction industry and to be its principal representative.


The philosophy that encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.


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