AGC-WSDOT Administrative and Environmental Excellence award winners

Granite Construction Guy F. Atkinson KLB Construction West Company and Spokane Products were among those honored for administrative and environmental excellence by WSDOT and AGC of Washington. Awards were presented at the AGC-WSDOT annual meeting January 8 in Tacoma.

Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Awards
Six projects were selected as winners of Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration. Awards were presented to the administrative team including the construction firm its project manager and the WSDOT project engineers. The administrative teams were honored for delivering transportation projects in a timely professional and responsive manner while also considering the needs of others who are affected by the project.

A panel of judges based their selections on the following criteria: customer-focused administration innovative problem solving the overcoming of extraordinary challenges effective contract administration timely completion of the project and safety. WSDOT Deputy State Construction Engineer Craig McDaniel presented the awards.

Eastern Washington Projects Less than $3 Million
US 2 Westwood Rd to Pend Oreille Co Line Paving -- Spokane Rock Products: John Brueher; WSDOT: Bob Hilmes’ Project Office

Eastern Washington Projects Greater than $10 Million
E. End of George Sellars Br. - Construct Bypass -- KLB Construction Inc.: Aiegh Rasih; WSDOT: Kevin Waligorski’s Project Office

Western Washington Projects Less than $3 Million
US 101 - Hoh River Erosion Site #2 - Bank Stabilization -- Strider Construction: Jerry Curtis; WSDOT: Ricky Bhalla’s Project Office

Western Washington Projects $3 Million - $10 Million
I-405 and SR 518 Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation – Guy F. Atkinson Construction: Larry Smith; WSDOT: Mary Ann Reddell’s Project Office

Western Washington Projects Greater than $10 Million
I-405 I-5 to SR 169 Stage 2 Widening and SR 515 Interchange -- I-405 Corridor Design-Builders: Kory Voldman; WSDOT: Lisa Hodgson’s Project Office
Statewide Special Mention City/County or Other Project:
Ione Bridge Replacement; West Co.: Nate McKinley; WSDOT: Bob Hilmes’ Project Office

Partnership for Environmental Excellence
In addition four Partnership for Environmental Excellence awards were presented. The projects were chosen according to criteria including preventative measures responsiveness during construction and innovative problem-solving. Megan White WSDOTs Director of Environmental Services presented the awards.

Director’s Award - Team
SR 530 Slide Emergency Response Team Northwest Region
The Northwest Region’s SR 530 highway rebuild team is recognized for its exceptional dedication and an innovative respectful response to the Oso community and environment. The team used highly innovative environmental permitting allowing the work to proceed under emergency permits; creative provisions within a design-build environment enabling rapid design and construction innovation by the contracting team; and environmental compliance during construction supported by WSDOT quality verification staff.

Director’s Award - Individual
Dave Wasson Southwest Region Chehalis Area Engineering Office
Dave is recognized for diligence and collaboration in protection of the environment on major construction projects. These include river bank scour protection fish passage barrier removals bridge replacement projects and freeway widening. All have reached completion without any infractions due to Dave’s diligence in ensuring protection of the environment and sensitive resources.

Environmental Excellence
Mark Sawyer’s Project Engineering Office and Granite Construction Inc. --
SR 529 Ebey Slough Bridge Replacement Project
This team “left it better than before” by replacing a bridge that had been flaking lead paint into the Ebey Slough for decades. They also removed 5500 cubic yards of contaminated soils an unknown underground fuel storage tank and 300 creosote piles. They carefully planned and executed construction work so that natural resources in this sensitive marine environment would be protected.

Environmental Efficiency
I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project Office Low-Mobility-Wildlife Monitoring
The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project was initiated to fulfill multiple objectives including ecological connectivity across I-90. Substantial wildlife monitoring data collection and research are needed to achieve these connectivity goals. A partnership with Central Washington University has resulted in thousands of hours of specialized research by professors and students and valuable assistance to WSDOT in addressing corridor planning and informing ecological connectivity