[WILMINGTON, DE, March 27, 2018] Bancroft Construction Company in Wilmington, DE, was awarded a National Excellence in Construction® Pyramid Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the General Contractor: Historical ─ $25-$100 Million. Representatives from the company received the award March 21 during the 28th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, CA.

The New Heights Fountain Revitalization Project involved the comprehensive restoration of Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden, its most historic and featured attraction. Major aspects of the two-year, $90 million project involved a complete rebuild of the garden’s mechanical/electrical systems including the installation of 1,719 jets and streams powered by 68 pumps, over five miles of piping, 1,400 linear feet of tunnels, and underground storage tanks to hold 338,570 gallons of water, as well as the historic preservation of the garden originally built in 1928. Several of the design concepts include a new stair at the East Wall, a Grotto at the Loggia, and a new trellis bridge at the western end of the South Wall Arches connecting with the proposed Pumphouse Plaza. The Main Fountain Garden reopened to the public in May 2017. For more information on the Main Fountain Garden, visit

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect, and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and cost. 

“It’s been an honor to be recognized for these national awards by two of the most prestigious associations in the construction industry,” said Greg Sawka, President and CEO of Bancroft Construction. “The project was a true team effort from a multitude of Bancroft departments, including Preconstruction, Operations, and Marketing. We applaud our trusted partner Longwood Gardens in the great success of this project, and are honored to have worked on such a significant project in their history.”

A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Smithsonian Facilities Construction Division, the Construction Management Association of America, Engineering News-Record, Design-Build Institute of America and various construction-related firms nationwide.

Additionally, Bancroft was also awarded the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners Build America Award in the category of Construction Management Renovation on February 27, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.

The Construction Risk Partners Build America awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. Build America winners excel in the areas of: state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, safety record, client service, community relations, environmental sensitivity, and partnering excellence.

Bancroft Construction Company is a full-service Construction Management, General Contracting, Design-Build, Preconstruction, Virtual Design, and LEED Consulting firm serving the Mid-Atlantic region with offices in Wilmington, DE, and Princeton, NJ. Bancroft specializes in a variety of projects in all major markets such as science + technology, healthcare, higher education, K-12, retail, pharmaceutical, non-profit, commercial, and government. Visit or call 302-655-3434 for more information.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit

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