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The Christman Company’s Carol Frederick earns statewide construction award

January 26, 2024

Carol Frederick, a recently retired cost estimator from The Christman Company, has been honored with the prestigious Iris Award by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Tennessee. Frederick received recognition at the Build Knoxville Awards on Jan. 25, celebrating her exemplary career and contributions to the construction industry, particularly in championing the role of women.

Carol Frederick
The Christman Company

A lifelong resident of East Tennessee, Frederick began her career in 1981 as an operations administrator at Rentenbach, a company later incorporated into The Christman Company. With her dedication and expertise, she quickly became a respected project estimator in Knoxville. Over her 40-year career, Frederick became LEED AP Certified and a Certified Professional Estimator. She has been instrumental in several key projects, significantly shaping the development of the Knoxville area, the state of Tennessee and communities across the United States.

“Carol has made a profound impact at The Christman Company,” said Marty E. Gibbs, senior vice president and general manager of Knoxville operations at The Christman Company. “Her integrity, expertise and commitment to excellence have elevated our projects and industry standards. Her legacy will continue to inspire future generations within our company and the wider industry.”

Frederick’s influence extended beyond her professional achievements, serving as a role model and advocate for women in architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C). Her involvement in community and charitable endeavors further demonstrated her commitment to making a positive difference.

“Receiving the Iris Award is not only a personal honor, but also a reflection of the progress we have made in empowering women in the construction industry,” Frederick said. “My career has been immensely fulfilling, and I am thankful for every opportunity to contribute to our field.”

John Ewart, executive director of the AGC of Tennessee, said, “Carol Frederick embodies the excellence and leadership that the Iris Award represents. Her remarkable achievements in the construction industry set an exemplary standard for what women can accomplish in our field. We are delighted to recognize her with this award.”

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 services. Christman specializes in a variety of construction markets, including government, higher and K-12 education, industrial and power, healthcare, and corporate office. Ranked at No. 85 in the Engineering News-Record ENR 400 top contractors nationally and No. 56 in the ENR 100 Construction Management-at-Risk firms, Christman has more than $6.1 billion under contract managed by 500 professional employees across five states throughout the Southeast U.S., the Midwest, the Southwest U.S., and the Mid-Atlantic. In 2021 Christman formalized its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) program by forming a dedicated DEI Council representing diverse members from across the regions we serve. Click this link to read more about our activities and focus on DEI. For more information, visit, and connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.