Choate Wins ABC Carolinas STEP Diamond Award

September 20, 2021

Choate Construction is pleased to announce it received the STEP Diamond Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Carolinas chapter. Presented at the 21st annual ABC Carolina’s Construction Convention, this award recognizes superlative safety performance across the industry.

In earning the STEP Diamond Award, Choate has proven to be 655% safer than the industry average provided by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Among additional safety performance criteria, companies must have an incident rate of at least 50% below the national BLS average.

This award would not be possible without the uncompromising efforts of Choate’s trade partners and project teams, who remain dedicated to Choate’s OneLife commitment and echo its message of preserving safety across jobsites and office locations. Choate works alongside both the North Carolina and South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administrations in partnership programs to eliminate serious hazards, while enhancing workplace health and safety.

“Our trade partners are critical to this recognition by the ABC Carolinas. In addition to our project teams, superintendents, and safety managers, our trade partners are fully engaged in our OneLife identity on all our project’s day in and day out,” says Chad Hart, Choate Corporate Safety Director. “Their commitment to maintaining a safe work environment – especially in the midst of a global pandemic – is what makes this such a stand-out safety culture.”

“I’m grateful to have such amazing teams here at Choate that are relentlessly focused on advancing the safety culture in our company and the construction industry.” says Choate President and CEO Matt Brewer. “Over the years, we have poured our hearts and resources into developing a unique safety identity, OneLife, that highlights the importance of protecting the life and legacy of our people, our partners, and our communities.”

About Choate Construction

Choate Construction Company is one of the largest nationally recognized general contractors in the southeast with offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh and Savannah. Founded in 1989, 100% employee-owned Choate Construction specializes in both ground-up and interior construction, believing success is driven by its relationships and reputation. Choate has built a resume of projects large and small, across the nation in multiple market sectors. From its innovative OneLife safety program to its efforts to “Build Up” the communities in which it serves, the heart of Choate is its people. Please visit for more information.

About Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, win work, and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Learn more here:

About STEP

Founded in 1989 as a safety benchmarking and improvement tool, STEP has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 25 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incidents. Visit to learn more about the program.