Thomas E. Doster III
Building Pride in Alabama
Inducted in 2007
Doster Construction Company employs 300 Alabamians whose work sets the stage for thousands more Alabama jobs. For 37 years, the company has nurtured Alabama’s economic and literal landscapes, through expert construction of industrial, medical, retail, educational, and other structures.
A competitively let project at his alma mater, The University of Alabama, initially allowed Thomas E. “Ted” Doster III—founder, board chairman, and chief executive officer of Doster Construction Company—to shine. An industrial engineer who led a combat engineer platoon in Vietnam, he had been remodeling basements, operating from his car in 1969, the year Doster Construction Company was founded. In spite of the circumstances, Doster produced a fine result on time for UA. He held to that pattern over the years as Doster Construction Company progressed into the ranks of the top American contractors.
Doster was born in Birmingham and maintains his firm’s headquarters there in that city’s International Park, with branches in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee. His company has completed structures in 27 states. Doster Construction’s 2006 contract work reached $450 million, with an estimated 70 percent representing repeat patronage.
Many of Doster Construction Company projects are health-care related. Modern Healthcare named the business one of the 10 busiest health-care construction contractors nationwide. Doster was responsible for such vital facilities as Carraway Methodist Medical Center and Cancer Center in Birmingham. He also made his firm a leader in establishing Alabama’s automotive industry—becoming America’s ninth busiest general contractor in auto-plant construction. Doster Construction was one of the contractors that built Honda’s engine and frame plant in Lincoln and the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa.
The commitment to excellence upon which Doster built his business compelled a company decision to pursue voluntary ISO 9001:2000 designation from the International Organization for Standardization. Few contractors rise to this challenge, which involves extraordinary measures that ensure customer satisfaction.
Doster Construction Company was twice awarded Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association of Alabama. The company has been honored for its model safety record. Regional and national project-specific honors include the ABC Excellence/Merit in Construction Awards for the State Criminal Justice Building (Montgomery), Plastipak plant (Bessemer), Crest Hummer showroom (Birmingham), Shoals Resort & Golf Club (Florence), Rainsville Technology plant (Rainsville), University of South Alabama Mentor Graphics Office building (Mobile), Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostle (Hoover), Spring Hill College Chapel restoration (Mobile), Miles College addition/renovations (Fairfield), and Ross Bridge Golf Resort (Hoover).
Awards for 2006 include the HealthSouth Waco Surgery Center (Waco, Texas), Hurricane Katrina repairs and renovations to The Grand Hotel (Point Clear), and Jackson-Olin High School (Birmingham). The Jackson-Olin project also won an Excellence in Education Award from South Central Construction for 2006.
In 2004 Doster received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alabama branch of the American Subcontractors Association. In 2005, he received the Cornerstone Award from Alabama Construction News for an exemplary, life-long commitment to Alabama’s construction industry and for integrity, ethical practices, and community involvement. Doster is a past Alabama president of the Associated General Contractors of America and served as a board chairman of the Construction Advancement Program of Alabama. He is a 1993 Distinguished Engineering Fellow in the UA College of Engineering and belongs to the College’s Leadership Board. He has generously endowed several scholarships that benefit the College’s students.
Ted lives in Birmingham with Sissy, his wife of 42 years. They are the parents of Thomas Doster, Walton Doster, and Julia Crowell.