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Congratulations Build America Award Winners!

We are proud to share with all of you that at the 2012 AGC Annual Convention, two AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter members, Advanced American Construction and Hamilton Construction, were recognized as Alliant Build America Award winners! The Build America Awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects, and excel in the areas of state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, safety record, client service, community relations, and environmental sensitivity.

Here’s a bit about the two AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter members’ award winning projects:


John Day Lock & Dam Gate & Sheave Replacement

Category: Federal and Heavy Renovation
: John Day Lock & Dam Gate & Sheave Replacement
Location: Columbia River, Oregon
Company: Advanced American Construction

The John Day Lock & Dam Gate is the tallest navigational lock gate in North America, standing 113 feet tall and weighing 2.5 million pounds. Advanced American Construction was charged with replacing the original gate and two 18-foot diameter wire rope sheaves that raise and lower the gates, as well as completely restoring the mechanical friction sheave drive system. All of the work was performed on a 14-week accelerated schedule, which required an unprecedented shutdown of cargo lanes on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Oregon. The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will allow for this top export gateway to safely transport goods for years to come.


OR 241: Isthmus Slough, East Approach Bridge

Category: Highway Under $10M Renovation
Project: Isthmus Slough East Approach Bridge #01132F – Accelerated Bridge Construction
Location: Coos Bay, OR
Company: Hamilton Construction Company
Lead Engineer: Oregon Department of Transportation

During an aggressive 14-day closure, Hamilton Construction replaced a failing wood superstructure on the east approach to the OR 241 Isthmus Slough Bridge – a key connector for commuters and commercial traffic in the Oregon coastal town of Coos Bay. The bridge was originally constructed in 1931, and had received a number of repairs and upgrades over the years. Because a full replacement was too costly and full closure was not an option, Accelerated Bridge Construction provided the best value with the least negative impact to the community. In addition to superstructure replacement, the project included work bridge construction, precast slab erection, and precast barriers, and was delivered one day ahead of schedule.

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