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Brechbill & Helman Construction Company, Inc. of Chambersburg has been recognized with the National ABC Excellence in Construction Award.

The firm received the award for its work on the Hospice of Washington County (HWC)-Doey’s House in Hagerstown, MD. The national awards competition recognizes outstanding quality and innovation in merit shop construction projects.

Doey’s House is a 12-bed inpatient hospice with expansion capabilities to 16-bed facility. It is the only active licensed hospice in Washington County, Maryland.

The Doey’s House story is unusual, even in the construction industry. Construction was well underway in November 2016 on the new facility when at 80% completion, an unfortunate tragedy struck.

Fire broke out In the early morning hours of Nov. 21. Firetrucks and EMS crew arrived shortly before 3 a.m. About 80 firemen battled wind-driven flames for three hours to get it under control.

“Despite the set-backs the Hospice board, contractors, architects, engineers and volunteers were all committed to donating their time and resources to rebuild as it was designed, once more,” stated Gregg Thompson of Brechbill & Helman.

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Undeterred by having to start completely over from the concrete floor, Brechbill-Helman delivered the 16,400 square-foot facility less than 90 days past the initial completion date.

“The resolve and tireless dedication of a community, construction workers and volunteers were impeccable,” Thompson said.

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer.

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