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Chapter Members Receive Build America Awards

Alliant Build America Award Winners

AGC of America Annual Convention, March 10, 2016, San Antonio, Texas

For 30 plus years, the Alliant Build America Awards have been given in recognition of excellence in the construction industry. These prestigious and highly coveted awards are given to projects selected by a panel of a contractor’s toughest critics—other contractors. Judges look for projects that have excelled in the following areas:

  • State-of-the-art advancement
  • Excellence in project management
  • Innovation in construction or use of materials
  • Contribution to the community
  • Superiority in client service
  • Rising to the challenge of a difficult job
  • Sensitive treatment of the environment and surroundings
  • Partnering excellence

AGC of America recognized nine Merit Award winners and 23 Alliant Build America Award winners in the following categories, representing some of the best new and renovation construction projects this year: Building Under $10 million; Building $10 million to $199 million; Building Over $200 million; Construction Management; Construction Management Civil; Design-Build Building; Design-Build Civil; Environmental Enhancement, Federal & Heavy construction; Highway & Transportation construction; Highway & Transportation Under $10 million; International construction; Utility Infrastructure construction; and now in its the third year, the AGC Build America Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award (represented by a category within the Alliant Build America Awards). Small and large projects are considered equally and judged on the same criteria.

Congratulations to all winners and entrants of the 2016 Alliant Build America Awards, but most especially the following Oregon-Columbia Chapter members:

Isa Lake Bridge, Yellowstone National ParkHIGHWAY & TRANSPORTATION UNDER $10M NEW

Isa  Lake Bridge
Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming
Knife River

The Isa Lake Bridge was constructed in the pristine environment of Yellowstone National Park just a short distance from Old Faithful. Knife River replaced a unique timber bridge over Isa Lake with an aesthetically pleasing 176-foot concrete bridge meticulously constructed to look like a wooden bridge. The project posed unique environmental and logistical challenges, including demolishing and replacing the bridge without causing impacts to the lake or the surrounding environment. The remoteness of this project meant that the closest subcontractors and material suppliers were two hours away. While drilling holes for the abutment pilings, the project team hit hot steam. In order for work to proceed forward, they assisted the project owner in a geothermal imaging process to identify all of the hot spots and any significant impacts the steam could have on the structure. Despite these challenges, the Knife River team delivered the project under budget and ahead of schedule. The bridge was opened to traffic one day earlier than the predetermined milestone, and the overall project was completed nearly a month early without any recordable incidents or lost time injuries.

I-84 Sandy River and Jordan Rd. Bridges (Bundle 210)HIGHWAY & TRANSPORTATION NEW

I-84 Sandy River and Jordan Rd. Bridges (Bundle 210)
Troutdale, Oregon
Hamilton Construction Co.

After Hamilton Construction won the bid to replace two I-84 bridges over the Sandy River, flood modeling programs revealed that a traditional work bridge approach would cause increased flood risk to upstream residents. The company worked to develop an innovative “Top Down” construction method using a gantry crane/beam launching system. The method eliminated the need for temporary work bridges and allowed construction to take place year-round, shaving five years off the project schedule. The team also committed to safety and environmental sensitivity. Hamilton developed the innovative “See It Say It Fix It” safety campaign early on in the project, which successfully empowered staff at to address safety concerns immediately. A full time onsite Hamilton Safety Manager worked closely with crews and subcontractors to conduct routine job hazard analysis, daily safety huddles, weekly “Toolbox Talks” and monthly safety committee meetings. Environmental concerns for the river required rigid debris containment structures under the bridges to be demolished, and construction of access trestles to keep equipment out of the river to protect the endangered fish species making their home in the Sandy River.

2016 Build America Merit Award Winners

DIA HTC, Denver, ColoradoConstruction Management Civil

Denver, Colorado


The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Expansion

Building New Over $200M

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Expansion
Columbus, Ohio
Turner Construction Company

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