Project Manager of the Year
Mike Bell Mowat Construction Co.
When nominating Mike Bell for this award Mowat Vice President Doug Smith said Mike did a stellar job leading the negotiations construction and closeout of the $73M SeaTac/Airport Station project to a successful conclusion. Mike’s achievements included the successful negotiation of over 300 owner-initiated change issues with zero claims no environmental infractions and exceptional utilization of apprentices and small/disadvantaged businesses. Eleven milestones were achieved including Sound Transit’s date for Revenue Service which was an important public commitment. To accelerate the schedule Mike initiated efforts to fabricate forming systems off-site and modified the post-tensioning sequence for the guideway beams. By implementing a top-down construction sequence he provided early access for structural steel members elevators and escalators and architectural finish work. Plus the culture of safety Mike established on the jobsite was routinely recognized by Sound Transit for its positive ramifications.
Superintendent of the Year
Mike Bonagofski Kiewit-General A Joint Venture
As general superintendent for the SR 520 Pontoon Casting Basin project Mike supervised all pile driving concrete foundations retaining walls structural steel and tower crane erection for the casting basin. Mike’s crane safety leadership led the casting basin to be constructed within eight months with up to 12 cranes working in a very tight 400-ft. by 1500-ft. area without any recordable injuries or crane accidents. Mike managed 150 staff and craft and was responsible for the planning scheduling coordination and safety of these employees. He worked with subcontractors employees in both the planning and construction phases to coordinate activities including critical lifts and safe access. After a delay due to environmental permitting Mike’s team gained back time during casting basin construction and completed the project two months early without incidents — nearly 200000 hours with zero recordable injuries. The project also won both the Kiewit Bridge and Marine District’s Safety Leadership Award and Best Job Award for 2011.