An Orangeburg construction company has received national recognition for its work on multifamily developments.
C.F. Evans Construction was named the 2017 Multifamily Builder of the Year at the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards event in January.
The event was held at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida.
“It’s a real blessing to work for a third-generation family-owned company that gives us the opportunity to go to work every day with our partners: developers, architects, engineers, and subcontractors," Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Barr said in accepting the award. “It is such an honor to be part of a company whose purpose is to create communities and whose employees live that every day."
The award, which made its debut this year, recognizes builders and general contractors that construct high-quality multifamily developments.
Candidates were judged on the quality of their developments, their reputation, and their history of completing projects on time and on/under budget.
Though an exact number of those up for the award was not released, C.F. Evans was named from a "large pool" of companies and was named among two finalists. The other finalist was Georgia-based Fortune-Johnson General Contractors.
Barr and Director of Marketing Janet Bates accepted the award on behalf of the company.
The Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, are designed to acknowledge and honor innovation in design and development, market-leading management and marketing strategies for both apartment communities and condominiums.
The Pillars awards are typically held in high esteem by top-level multifamily development companies, management firms and experts in the field.
The annual competition is judged by a jury of peers, each having a proven record of success in various facets of the multifamily industry. A total of 28 awards were given out as part of the event.
The C.F. Evans story begins in the years following World War II when Clarence Felder Evans, an Army veteran, joined his cousin, Fred Evans, to learn as much as he could about construction.
Buoyed by the baby boom, their company, Evans Construction, fielded requests from families seeking to build homes of their own in Orangeburg, Holly Hill, Aiken and other South Carolina communities.
While Clarence Evans passed away in March 2010, the company he founded continues to thrive.
The company has worked on a number of projects over the years but in 2005 really decided to focus its efforts on multifamily developments.
The award looked at C.F. Evans' entire portfolio but specific projects submitted for the award included: Innovation in Greenville, Marshall Park in Raleigh, Silos in Charlotte, The Standard in Charleston and Wharf 7 in Daniel Island.
Beyond multifamily projects, the company has worked on a number of commercial and industrial work to include student housing, senior living, affordable communities, and class A apartments.
C.F. Evans has also constructed facilities in the industrial sector locally, including Triumph Tube and the Metal Leve industrial plant.
Today, C.F. Evans has grown all over the Southeast, employs 70 and has received both state and national recognition.