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In addition to health-care contracts, Charlotte, N.C.-based Rodgers Builders also found success in the higher-education market, such as its $92-million student-center project at North Carolina State University. (Image courtesy Rodgers Builders)

In recognition of achieving exceptional growth within challenging construction markets, ENR editors have selected Rodgers Builders of Charlotte, N.C., as ENR Southeast's latest "Contractor of the Year."

For this year's Top Contractors ranking, Rodgers reported a nearly 24% increase in Southeast revenue in 2012, earning $387.4 million—enough to climb five spots up the ranking, to be published in July. By comparison, that was the greatest percentage gain reported by any of this year's top 15 contractors, according to our survey data. (Additionally, it should be noted that half of this year's top 10 reported lower Southeast revenue compared to the year before.)

According to Rodgers, the company's overall 2012 gain was fueled largely by growth in the health-care market, which included three new greenfield hospital contracts. Again, based on ENR Southeast's survey data, Rodgers stood out among health-care contractors, too. For instance, though Rodgers again ranked as the Southeast's fifth-large health-care builder—as it did on last year's ranking—its roughly 50% growth in this sector easily outpaced the four higher-ranked firms, who either reported declines in their health-care work or else eked out a slight gain.

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Rodgers is also building the new BB&T Ballpark, the future home for the Charlotte Knights minor-league baseball team. (Image courtesy Rodgers Builders)

ENR Southeast will elaborate on these and other factors in Rodgers' selection as "Contractor of the Year" in our upcoming July edition.