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Aon Awards: Advanced American, WPC, Kiewit, General, Flatiron, Turner, Watts

(For photos of all the award-winning projects click here.)

Advanced American Construction Inc.’s Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer project was the most significant construction project in the U.S. in 2010 the AGC of America announced at the national convention in Las Vegas. As a result Advanced American Construction was the Grand Award winner in the Aon Build America Awards competition.

Advanced American was one of several AGC of Washington-member firms that received Aon Build America Awards. Congratulations to them all!

The winning projects built by AGC of Washington members (or JVs that include a member) are:
Design-Build New

NCDOT US 17 Washington Bypass
Washington NC
Flatiron Constructors Inc.-United Infrastructure Group Inc. A Joint Venture
Flatiron and United received the award for developing a new top-down construction approach specifically designed and built for this project resulting in minimal impact to the wetlands and an accelerated construction schedule. It was the world’s first application of a pile driving operation from an erection gantry and offered a safer way to build the bridge by eliminating the need for construction of a temporary work bridge.

Federal & Heavy Renovation
Seal Observation Facilities Construction Project
St. Paul Island AK
WPC which won for best renovation of a federal and heavy construction project repaired a series of towers and walkways the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration uses to observe and count the seal population on St. Paul Island Alaska. This project required replacing seven towers and 1000 feet of walkways in the small window of time the seals migrate from the island. Despite average daily temperatures below zero strong winds and frequent whiteout conditions the WPC team completed the project with zero accidents and no loss time injuries.
Highway & Transportation New
Pioneer Crossing Design-Build Project
American Fork UT
Kiewit/Clyde A Joint Venture
The Pioneer Crossing Highway and Interchange project is six miles of a new east-west highway from American Fork Main Street to Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs. The project included installing twin two-span prestressed concrete girder structures in addition to a new waterline for the Central Utah Water Conservancy District new bridges and five to seven highway lanes. The concept for the interchange was developed by the Kiewit/Clyde team to increase capacity enhance safety and allow for more efficient traffic flow while saving $20 million.
Highway & Transportation Renovation
Hood Canal Bridge Retrofit and East Half Replacement
Puget Sound WA
Kiewit-General A Joint Venture
The Hood Canal Bridge is the longest floating salt water bridge in the world at 6350 feet located over the Hood Canal in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Much of the work for the project to retrofit and replace part of the bridge was performed on pontoons and required components to be floated out of a graving dock with only inches of clearance above the floor. The team used the largest floating crane on the west coast and finished the work eight days ahead of schedule while also working closely with the U.S. Navy to ensure submarine traffic was not delayed.
Municipal & Utilities New

Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer Project
Lake Oswego OR
Advanced American Construction Inc.
The Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer project is a large and dramatic new system that replaced a 50-year-old corroded and hazardous sewer line. The project required crews to drill 270 feet into bedrock to install anchors for the system. The work was heavily regulated to ensure there was no impact on recreational activities local business operations and environmental practices for lake residences. The project was completed without any lost time accidents and included more than 1200 commercial dives.

Municipal & Utilities Renovation

Val Vista Water Main Rehabilitation CMAR
Phoenix AZ
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
The Val Vista Water Main Rehabilitation project is a critical piece of infrastructure that transports drinking water to as many as 60 percent of Phoenix’s population. Due to short construction windows the team used special technology that eliminated the need to excavate from outside the pipeline and minimized impact on the surrounding communities. The result was the largest project of its kind performed in the United States and included nearly 31100 feet of pipeline.

Merit Winners

Construction Management Renovation

New Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City MO
Turner Construction
The New Arrowhead Stadium is a $315 million dollar expansion and renovation of a 35-year-old NFL football stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs. Turner Construction managed more than 200 prime contractors subcontractors and suppliers while working on more than one million square feet of new and renovated space without disrupting football operations. Every phase of the project was completed ahead of the original schedule and the stadium was delivered under budget allowing the owner to provide extra fan amenities.

Municipal & Utilities New

Elwha Water Facilities
Olympic National Park WA
Watts-DelHur A JV
The Elwha Water Facilities consisted of four projects consolidated into one: the Elwha River Levee improvements the Elwha Surface Water Intake the Elwha Water Treatment Plant and the Crown Z Road improvements. All the projects were constructed at one time while an adjacent bridge under construction over the Elwha River limited access to the site. The Watts-DelHur team completed the project approximately one year ahead of schedule.

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