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The Christman Company earns Excellence in Construction award for UT Student Union

October 1, 2019

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Tennessee has honored The Christman Company with an Excellence in Construction award for the University of Tennessee Student Union in Knoxville.

The Christman Company was presented a Merit Award in the category of mega-projects over $150 million at the 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards on Sept. 26 in Nashville.

“This is our company’s 37th project for the University of Tennessee, and it is really special,” said Marty Gibbs, vice president and general manager for The Christman Company’s Knoxville operations. “Our team took tremendous pride in constructing an efficient and beautiful gathering space for students, alumni, visitors and the community.”

The Christman Company oversaw all construction on the multi-phase project, starting with preconstruction in 2011, phase one in 2012 and then completing the final phase in December of 2018. McCarty Holsaple McCarty & Barber McMurry Architects Joint Venture was the architect for the project, which included 70 subcontractors and vendors.

The state-of-the-art facility is 395,088 square feet and boasts eight new food venues, a production kitchen, billiards area, classrooms, conference rooms, ballroom, auditorium, conference rooms and office suites for 14 university departments. Its exterior features include two city blocks of pedestrian-friendly hardscaping and landscaping and a pedestrian bridge.

The Christman Company was presented an Excellence in Construction award for its University of Tennessee Student Union project by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Tennessee on Sept. 26 in Nashville. The 395,088-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility opened in 2018.

The Excellence in Construction Awards honor contractors, project architects, engineers and owners and recognize outstanding construction projects throughout Middle and East Tennessee.

About The Christman Company

The Christman Company, founded in 1894, is one of the country’s leading professional construction services firms. The company’s award-winning services include construction management, general contracting, design/build, program management, real estate development, and self-perform skilled trades. Christman specializes in a variety of construction markets, including government, higher and K12 education, industrial and power, healthcare, and corporate office. Ranked at 93 in the Engineering News-Record ENR 400 top contractors nationally and 63 in the ENR 100 Construction Management-at-Risk firms , Christman has more than $4 billion in construction underway managed by 400 professional employees in 10 different office locations throughout the Southeast U.S., the Midwest, the Southwest U.S., and the mid-Atlantic. For more information, visit, and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.