GWA, Inc. recognized for House of Raeford Farms project

The American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) honored engineering achievements at the 33rd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Gala held at the UofSC Alumni Center on Feb. 5.

GWA, Inc. was awarded the EEA for Building/Technology Systems for their project, House of Raeford Farms – Wallace. This new 200,000 square foot plant is a Ready-to-Cook poultry processing facility which replaced the existing facility destroyed by fire in Feb. 2017.

As the largest employer in Duplin County, N.C., House of Raeford’s charge was clear: to get the plant back in operation better than it was before and to get their employees back to work as quickly as possible.


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Having provided electrical engineering services for House of Raeford on earlier projects, GWA was brought onto the team for this accelerated design-build project.

The Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to public- and private-sector projects submitted in 11 distinct categories. This year 15 of the 82 South Carolina member firms submitted projects that were judged by a panel of industry experts based on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society.

GWA also was honored by ACEC-SC with the Small Firm Award which is given for the highest rated project submitted by a small firm (fewer than 30 employees).