THE MEMBER COMPANY    Kiewit-General, a Joint Venture

THE PROJECT    Rebuilding the Hood Canal Bridge

THE STORY     Of all the types of construction, the building of floating bridges is one of the most thinly sliced specialties. After all, there are only 11 floating bridges in the world, and four of them are in the Puget Sound area. It takes special knowledge and experience, and Kiewit-General is a world leader in floating bridge technology. Its work for WSDOT on the Hood Canal Bridge – the longest floating bridge over saltwater in the world – merits a 2010 AGC of Washington Grand Award for Construction Excellence.

Over six years, Kiewit-General replaced the east half of the bridge and updated parts of the west side, making a vital transportation link wider and safer.

One of the many challenging aspects of this project was the joining of individual pontoons and the construction of the elevated roadway, buildings and the drawspan machinery. All of this was performed on buoyant foundations floating in seawater. Survey control for these operations involved an inventive adaptation of 3-D/3-point resection survey software that does not use the earth’s gravity for a reference vector.

Plus, the new reinforced concrete anchors, weighing as much as 2,000 tons, were built offsite. Once at the bridge site, the anchors were accurately positioned on the ocean bottom in seawater up to 350 feet deep before being weighted in place with rock ballast. The equipment used to grip and lower the massive anchors was all uniquely designed and fabricated for the project. Accurately positioning the anchors on the sea bottom involved innovative uses of instruments, including slope indicators and gyrocompasses that are normally used in other applications.

Kiewit-General completed the bridge ahead of schedule, and at the reopening ceremony Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said, “This is a huge accomplishment for our project team and Kiewit-General, who overcame some tremendous engineering challenges to reopen this vital link to the Olympic Peninsula.”

 

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THE MEMBER COMPANY    Centennial Contractor Enterprises, Inc.

THE PROJECT    Achieving Safety Excellence

THE STORY   Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. believes that a well-educated workforce reduces accidents and fosters a culture of safety. Centennial advocates for safety with its customers, subcontractors, students as well as its own employees.

All members of Centennial’s workforce gain safety knowledge from day one with an orientation that includes comprehensive local training and a four-day orientation at Centennial’s corporate headquarters in Virginia.

Centennial promotes its safety culture beyond its own employees. Subcontractors – before they are allowed to bid on Centennial projects – must have their management team complete a safety orientation. Foremen and work crews then receive project-specific safety orientation.

But safety information doesn’t stop at orientation; it’s a never-ending process. Other elements of Centennial’s safety efforts are its annual Safety Fair for employees, customers and subcontractors. Nationally-recognized safety experts talk about important safety topics such as crane management, fall protection and more. Plus, through its innovative “Ride Along” program, operational staff attend safety inspections and audits with a Project Safety Manager to get first-hand exposure to safety issues. Its quarterly safety award recognizes exceptional safety accomplishment. Centennial training achievements have been recognized by Region X OSHA with a formal alliance.

Looking beyond its own workforce and project partners, Centennial works hard to instill a culture of safety within the next generation of construction workers. The firm volunteers for the Puget Sound Skill Center’s Career Fair. Centennial’s professional engineers, superintendents and safety personnel demonstrate proper safety techniques and encourage students to enter the construction industry and construction trades.

Centennial’s unwavering emphasis on continuous safety education shows up in statistics like this one: Zero time lost injuries during more than 160,000 employee-hours worked in 2009.

For its innovation and leadership in safety, Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. receives the 2010 AGC Build Washington Grand Award for Safety Excellence.

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THE MEMBER COMPANY    GLY Construction

THE PROJECT   Community Service

THE STORY    At GLY Construction, philanthropy is not merely a well-intentioned after-thought. It’s part of the business plan.

In good times and bad, GLY contributes a minimum of two percent of profits to worthy organizations. Despite 2009’s challenging economic environment, GLY gave nearly five percent of pre-tax profits to youth, educational, arts, healthcare and other community organizations.

GLY gives not just money, but the time and expertise of its people as well. All nine GLY principals and many project managers have leadership roles in at least two community organizations, in addition to the hundreds of hours of volunteer service provided by many GLY employees.

For its generous commitment of corporate resources to improve lives, GLY received the 2010 AGC—Moss Adams Service to the Community Award.

Among GLY’s recent philanthropic projects are:

Ryther Child Center: GLY led the design and construction of a therapy shelter at the Center. GLY’s Ryther contributions were provided through NAIOP’s annual Community Enhancement Day.

Habitat for Humanity: GLY provided experienced union crews on a workday to pour concrete flatwork for Rainier Vista Habitat for Humanity site, including sidewalks, parking pads and patios for four-unit multiplex. GLY’s participation was critical to meeting a deadline for Habitat buyers to attain Certificates of Occupancy and qualify for federal stimulus refunds.

New Orleans Restoration: GLY volunteers traveled to New Orleans to help build housing in the devastated post-Katrina neighborhood of Holy Cross. The company paid expenses and weekly salaries for a team of six (executives, superintendents, project engineer, laborer) as part of a group led by Seattle preservationist Kevin Daniels of Daniels Development Co. GLY performed demolition and stabilization of a severely damaged home and built new walls, a new roof and a new addition. In January, Holy Cross was named one of “10 Best Comeback Neighborhoods in the South” by Southern Living magazine.

 

 

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THE MEMBER COMPANY   Absher Construction Company

THE PROJECT   Pacific Plaza

THE STORY    Absher Construction rehabilitated an existing eyesore of a parking garage nearing the end of its useful life in downtown Tacoma. But not only did the Pacific Plaza project and its 257,000 square feet of Class A office space and additional parking enliven the neighborhood, it also became the first LEED Platinum Building in Tacoma. Atop Pacific Plaza is a 30,000 square foot green roof. Both beautiful and efficient, it absorbs most of the rainwater that falls on it, naturally filtering out impurities. A cistern captures the run-off, holding it for rooftop irrigation and toilet flushing. Located 15 feet below street level, the cistern is a well-preserved remnant of a Turkish bath house that operated in downtown Tacoma in the late 19th century. Other environmental aspects include 36 percent of the materials used were recycled; 78 percent of the existing structure was reused; 98 percent of the construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill; and the building is designed to use 28 percent less energy than average. Tacoma’s Mayor called the project “a truly unique achievement.”
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THE MEMBER COMPANY    Lease Crutcher Lewis

THE PROJECT    Joshua Green Building

THE STORY    Lease Crutcher Lewis achieved the goal of both restoring and modernizing the beautiful and historic Joshua Green Building as Class A office space with retail. Many of the building's historic features were unchanged since it was built in 1912, including the terra cotta exterior, wood windows, the main lobby and a stairway. The Lewis team refurbished and in many cases replicated new versions to match historic elements. Lewis accomplished its work on the 112,000 square foot building despite the challenges of having it partially occupied and located on one of Seattle’s busiest downtown corners. Through careful planning and coordination with many constituencies, Lewis kept the building open, protected pedestrians and workers, completed the project on schedule, and satisfied a client who said, “The restoration and conversion of a 100 year old asset to modern day tenant requirements could not have been better executed.”
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THE MEMBER COMPANY    J.R. Abbott Construction Inc.

THE PROJECT    TGH Tree House

THE STORY    J.R. Abbott Construction, Inc. converted a 1930’s four-story brick apartment building into housing for families of patients at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this project was its funding. The Tree House -- its name stems from the “Festival of Trees” fundraising effort – was funded solely by donations. J.R. Abbott was a leader in this effort, and the firm and subs provided $300,000 worth of construction discounts and donations. Savings were funneled back into the project, making it possible for the Tree House to purchase higher-end furnishings and more artwork. Aside from the generous fundraising effort, J.R. Abbott effectively tackled many construction challenges posed by restoring such an old facility. Plus, the Abbott team implemented several value-engineering ideas that added more scope for little or no cost. “Despite the construction surprises, the project was under budget and on time, which is a testament to Abbott’s utilization of resources and creative decision making,” said the client.
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THE MEMBER COMPANY   Andgar Corporation

THE PROJECT    Farm Power Rexville Anaerobic Digester Project

THE STORY   
Andgar Corporation took 130,000 square feet of bare farmland and transformed it into an anaerobic digester facility that will take 60,000 gallons of daily cow manure and food waste and turn it into renewable energy. There are now four of these facilities in the state -- all built by Andgar. Andgar shared its expertise from the very beginning. It helped its client secure permits and grants and educated potential partners like bankers and regulators who were unfamiliar with the new concept. Plus, finding that some available technologies are insufficient, Andgar created new ones. Andgar designed and built a biogas chiller as well as a system to capture H2S, a corrosive chemical byproduct. The client is so satisfied that it is currently working with Andgar on the planning of additional facilities. The client said, “All too often, renewable energy contractors are full of lofty ambitions but come up very short on performance, I am happy to report firsthand that Andgar is one company that delivers.”
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THE MEMBER COMPANY    Sicklesteel Cranes, Inc.

THE PROJECT   Technology

THE STORY    Sicklesteel Cranes’ task was to demolish an 80 ton, 200 foot long, 80 year old bridge over the Sauk River. The catch, though, was that due to environmental issues, the bridge had to be removed in one piece and without the placement of crane pads in the river near the bridge. Given these complexities, standard methods for determining job feasibility were insufficient. Using crane simulation software LiftPlanner with a digital model of the project site, bridge and obstacles, Sicklesteel created detailed drawings and animations, determined the precise optimal location of cranes on each side of the river, checked clearances and distances and fully simulated the project to ensure success in the field. The alternatives to this procedure were either time consuming (spend six months securing a special permit for crane pads in the river) or costly (spend a million dollars to bring a huge crane to the site). With the innovative use of the digital modeling, Sicklesteel saved its client significant time and money and left the Sauk River wild and pristine.
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THE MEMBER COMPANY    Absher Construction Company

THE PROJECT    Navy P305 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters BEQ & P305A Parking Garage

THE STORY    Absher Construction demonstrated both its expertise and its nimbleness to its client in completing the enlisted quarters and parking garage at Naval Base Kitsap. After geotechnical testing revealed that the soil-bearing capacity was less than anticipated, Absher’s design-build team quickly redesigned the eight story, 210,000 SF enlisted quarters to compensate and increased the capacity of the soils under the ten-story, 300,000 SF garage using geopiers. Aware of NAVFAC’s concern for environmental protection at the site near Puget Sound, the Absher team devised a retention system that allowed no stormwater to leave the site. And when the Navy set a goal for LEED Silver rating, Absher exceeded those credit requirements and submitted for LEED Gold. Finally, given the emphasis the Navy places on safety, Absher’s comprehensive safety efforts achieved zero time loss in 421,000 man-hours of work. This earned Absher the Commanding Officer’s Safety Award, and the client’s praise that Absher’s safety program “was nothing less than brilliant.”
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THE MEMBER COMPANY    Lease Crutcher Lewis

THE PROJECT    West Eighth Office Tower

THE STORY    Lease Crutcher Lewis completed West Eighth, 28 stories of 520,000 SF of class-A office space in the center of Seattle's busy downtown. The project originally sought a Sliver LEED certification, but Lewis helped identify and achieve nine new credits. West Eighth became the first office tower in Seattle to earn LEED-CS Gold pre-certification, and it ultimately achieved certification as LEED Gold. With its LEAN approach, Lewis achieved remarkable cycle times on the self-performed construction of the core and the placing of the curtain wall, saving both time and money. The LEAN approach also contributed to the excellent safety record of zero accidents and zero time loss for the entire job. Using BIM, the Lewis team eliminated almost half of the projected weight of steel. The project involved one of the largest mat pours in Seattle history. The 5,800 cubic yard pour peaked at 690 cubic yards per hour. Lewis and its client Touchstone worked together to nominate the project for NAIOP of Washington's Office Development of the Year award, which it won.
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