FaverGray Wins ABC EIC Pyramid Award for Parkside at the Beach

On Friday, August 14, 2020, FaverGray accepted a Pyramid Award for Parkside at the Beach at the 2020 Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Virtual Awards Ceremony.

The Parkside at the Beach project is a 288-unit luxury apartment community located on an approximately 20-acre site in Panama City Beach, Florida.

The development consists of 288 apartment units in nine (9) three-story type A apartment buildings, one (1) three-story type B apartment building, and two (2) three-story type B apartment buildings along with five (5) 8 car detached garages, three (3) storage buildings, (1) clubhouse with fitness room and pool area and one (1) trash compactor enclosure.

The Project was constructed to meet Energy Star Ratings for HVAC Systems, Thermal Energy Efficiency, and Appliance Ratings.

We took a comprehensive approach to quality on the project.
· Quality Plan
· Defining Expectations
· Planning and Implementing for Quality

Quality plan – We developed a project-specific quality plan in order to achieve the project-specific quality requirements established by the project team. The quality plan provided the overall scope and strategy for the project. The plan, once documented, was disseminated, followed, and measured for results.

Defining Expectations – An essential part of the project’s quality control is making sure quality expectations are clear and unambiguous. Each member of the FaverGray construction team had a specific role(s). These were communicated in the Kick-off meeting and documented in the Quality Plan. During the procurement process, the quality requirements were detailed in the bid documents and, upon award, recounted into the subcontracts.

Early on during project procurement the Favergray Team worked closely with Project Ownership to achieve contractual allowance reconciliation and provide high-end finishes such as the Quartz Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Fully Tiled Bathrooms, and the Coquina Stucco Shell Finish on the Exterior of the building as well as the landscaping that was closely managed to provide a tropical backdrop to the project.

Value engineering was emphasized during the pre-construction phase. Value engineering is a process aimed at value creation rather than mere cost reduction. By evaluating ideas early in the design phase, when changes are less costly, we were able to provide the greatest value for the lowest project cost.

We took our cue from the Client to determine the needs and priorities which will define “value” for this project.

Value analysis and value engineering involved the whole team early on. The value analysis team included professionals from different disciplines including the Client, architect, engineers, construction management as well as subcontractors and suppliers. Every idea generated affects the work of another team member. Thus, instant feedback and a solution mentality are the norms. As the team begins work, multiple facets of value delivery are hypothesized, tested, and enacted.

Value Engineering is a continuous process aimed at balancing value creation with cost reduction. Simply cutting costs is inappropriate if it contradicts other project goals or does not increase the apartment’s usefulness. We continually propose ideas with accurate design, cost, schedule, and constructability information sufficient to allow the Client to make informed decisions.

Although we experienced a strong hurricane season in 2017 with Hurricane Irma and a direct hit in 2018 with Hurricane Michael, our project was still completed on time. Hurricane Michael caused extreme amounts of destruction in the local area to Panama City and surrounding areas, which in turn made it very difficult for all local and traveling subcontractors to find appropriate lodging to complete the project.



James a. Gray

Gray co-founded FaverGray in 2005 and has more than 45 years of experience in design and construction management in the residential, commercial and industrial market sectors. As CEO, Gray is responsible for leading the development of FaverGray’s short and long term strategy, creating and implementing FaverGray’s vision and mission, maintaining awareness of the competitive market landscape, evaluating expansion opportunities and industry developments, maintaining social awareness and responsibility within FaverGray’s market sectors, assessing and managing corporate risks and management of banking and surety relationships.