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The Christman Company’s Knoxville region earns national award for safety excellence

June 2, 2023

The Christman Company’s Knoxville region has been recognized with the 2022 Platinum STEP Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This honor, presented annually by the national construction industry trade association, signifies a company’s commitment to jobsite safety and exemplary safety programs.

“Safety is a fundamental aspect of our operations at The Christman Company,” said Marty Gibbs, senior vice president and general manager for Christman’s operations in Knoxville. “This recognition from ABC underscores our commitment to fostering a safe work environment for everyone involved.”

Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a program developed by ABC to assist construction companies in assessing and improving their safety practices and procedures. The program provides a detailed framework for companies to evaluate the effectiveness of safety programs and identify areas that may need improvement.

Senior Project Superintendent Scott Wilkins, Regional Safety Director Steven Smith and Assistant Project Manager Josh Dickey of The Christman Company walk on the site of the future Mill Creek Elementary School in northwest Knox County in September 2021. The Christman Company’s Knoxville region office recently earned the 2022 ABC Platinum STEP Award from Associated Builders and Contractors in recognition of its commitment to jobsite safety and exemplary safety programs.

ABC National Safety Excellence Awards are designed to acknowledge companies that consistently prioritize safety in their operations. The award is granted based on data submitted through the ABC STEP Safety Management System, and categories correspond to a company’s total work hours per calendar year and its placement within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.

“We thank ABC for acknowledging The Christman Company’s efforts in workplace safety,” Gibbs said. “We also extend our appreciation to all team members and trade contractor partners for their contributions toward maintaining safety standards and achieving this recognition.”

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, self-perform and millwork services. Christman specializes in a variety of construction markets, including government, higher and K12 education, industrial and power, healthcare, and corporate office. Ranked at No. 87 in the Engineering News-Record ENR 400 top contractors nationally and No. 51 in the ENR 100 Construction Management-at-Risk firms, Christman has more than $4 billion in construction underway 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, LinkedIn or Twitter.