The Tennessee Concrete Association recognized Blalock Ready Mix, Charles Blalock and Sons, and Trowel Trades with their Best Commercial Finishing award for 2014 for Phase I of The Island in Pigeon Forge. The first phase of The Island opened in June 2013 with multiple restaurants, stores, and attractions, including a 200-foot observation wheel. The Island required over 25,000 yards of ready mix concrete, with additional precast concrete required for structural elements. Blalock Ready Mix supplied all of the structural concrete for caissons, foundations, and building slabs in addition precast Redi-Rock blocks for several segmental retaining walls. Charles Blalock and Sons constructed all of the concrete roadways, parking lots, lightweight bridge decks, and the mat foundation for the observation wheel. Extensive decorative concrete for sidewalks and building slabs was all placed by Trowel Trades. Decorative placements included colored concrete with tinted sealers, stamped concrete, and a custom-designed exposed aggregate mix utilizing 1.5” natural stone. The project presented many challenges to construction due to its location on an island. Three bridges were constructed to access the site, and the entire perimeter of the island was elevated using concrete columns and hollow-core panels to raise the buildings above the river to increase usable space. During final phases of construction, site congestion and traffic was a major issue as numerous contractors worked to complete the initial phase in limited space during the peak of tourist season. During the final week of construction, Blalock Ready Mix operated nearly around the clock to supply concrete and precast Redi-Rock to the site.