CHARLESTON—It took over 100 years, but it seems the new steeple atop the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was well worth the wait.
Since it was completed in March 2010, the Cathedral project has won a whole slew of awards for those involved, including the diocese, the architecture and construction firms, and others.
“It was really a team effort; it was a very special project,” said Jamie Kilgallen, executive director of construction operations for Hightower Construction.
The most recent honor is the Carolopolis award, which was presented to Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone by the Preservation Society of Charleston on Jan. 20.
Robert Gurley, the Society’s assistant director, said the restoration of the brownstone and stained glass windows, and the addition of the spire and bells was a high-quality project.
“It’s a beautiful addition to the church and makes a wonderful addition to Charleston’s historic skyline,” Gurley said.
That same weekend, Jimmy High-tower of Hightower Construction was in Puerto Rico to accept an award for the 2010 Best Building Project of the Carolinas from the Association of General Contractors. Kilgallen said they are also up for the national award, to be announced in March.
Glenn Keyes Architects also received several honors for their contributions. Gurley praised the group as one of the best restoration architects in the business.
Jay Keenan, head of the Cathedral’s building and renovation committee, said they are all honored by the recognition.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” he said. “To honor the Lord with such a wonderful steeple is overwhelming.”
The diocese also received a founder’s award from the Historic Charleston Foundation last year.