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Davis Honored in Construction Hall of Fame

Two of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction strongest supporters have been inducted into the 2014 Alabama Construction Industry Hall of Fame: Patrick B. Davis Jr., FAIA, NCARB and Earlon C. McWhorter, a 1968 Building Science graduate. Both are generous donors of their time and gifts to the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.  The Construction Industry Hall of Fame was established by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama to honor outstanding general contractors, specialty contractors or suppliers, and architects or engineers who have served the Alabama construction for at least 25 years and who are held in high esteem by their peers for their professionalism and for their civic and community involvement.

Patrick B. Davis. Jr. FAIA, NCARB, is vice president of Healthcare Services at CMH Architects, Inc., in Birmingham, Alabama.  A Vietnam veteran, he has been active in the design of Vietnam Memorial and has created the Patrick and Judy Davis Endowed Scholarship in the CADC that gives consideration to U.S. military active duty servicemen or military veterans. Davis has held offices in several state and national organizations: President of the AIA Birmingham Chapter in 1999 and in 2003; President of the statewide Alabama Council AIA; and 2009 President of the Alabama Architectural Foundation where he helped establish the Intern Development Committee. In 2011, Davis was elected to the AIA College of Fellows. He was appointed to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 2012. His service has been recognized with the Alabama Council’s Architects Accolade Award and the Exceptional Service Award.  In recognition of his generous gifts of time and talent, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture awarded Davis its Distinguished Service Award. 

"Patrick Davis has been a terrific advocate for our students for many years, sharing his time, experience, and passion for architecture. We are very proud to see him recognized by the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame for his influence and impact on our profession and the design and construction industry in Alabama,” says David Hinson, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Earlon McWhorter founded McWhorter and Co., Inc. in 1971. It has grown into one of the top general contractors in the region.  In 1989, He started McWhorter Properties, which has developed 50 of the 200 Lowe’s centers constructed by McWhorter and Company.  McWhorter has been involved in his community through service on several charitable boards and served on the Auburn University’s Board of Trustees in the at-large appointment from 2001 to 2009 and as Chairman of the Greater Auburn Fund and a member of the Auburn Alumni Association Executive Committee.  He has been an extremely generous supporter of Auburn University and its Building Science program. His contributions include the Earlon and Betty McWhorter Center for Women’s Athletics, the McWhorter School of Building Science, and significant endowed faculty and program support: the Earlon McWhorter Endowed Chair for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; the Earlon McWhorter and Betty McWhorter Endowed Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science; the Earlon McWhorter and Betty McWhorter Eminent Scholar Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science; and the Earlon and Betty McWhorter Fund for Excellence in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction that supports the CADC’s highly respected Master of Integrated Design and Construction program.

"The faculty, staff and students of the McWhorter School of Building congratulate Earlon McWhorter on his induction into the Alabama AGC Hall of Fame, says Richard Burt, McWhorter Professor and Head of the McWhorter School of Building Science. “Mr. McWhorter's generosity and support of the school has allowed faculty and students to pursue excellence in construction education.  His achievements in both the construction industry and the public service arena set the bar for our students.  He is a true role model."

“CADC congratulates Patrick Davis and Earlon McWhorter on the well-deserved honor of their induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame,” says Vini Nathan, Dean and McWhorter Chair in the CADC.  “They have, as is stated in the AGC induction criteria, ‘literally changed the landscape of our state and nation.’”

Davis and McWhorter join the following CADC alumni in the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame: Nicholas H. Holmes Jr. (2001); Bill Caton Sr. (2007); William W. Herrin (2008); D. Riley Stuart (2009); Richard Saliba (2010); Jim Anthony and Daniel Bennett (2011); Richard E. Barrow (2012); and Jamie Aycock and William A. Hunt (2013).