AGC Names Most Impressive Construction Project of 2014

The Epic Deep Space Auditorium blends with the rural landscape with a rock and cave-like fa├žade and six acres of green roofing.

📅   Thu March 19, 2015 - National Edition
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The Epic Deep Space Auditorium blends with the rural landscape with a rock and cave-like façade and six acres of green roofing.
The Epic Deep Space Auditorium blends with the rural landscape with a rock and cave-like façade and six acres of green roofing.

Wisconsin’s Epic Deep Space Auditorium was the most impressive construction project of 2014, the Associated General Contractors of America announced today. As a result, the project’s contractor, JP Cullen was the Alliant Build America Grand Award winner, while 22 other firms received awards in various categories.

"These projects exemplify the best characteristics the construction industry has to offer – craftsmanship, creativity and dedication," said Al Landes, the association’s president and president and chief operating officer of Herzog Contracting Corp. "These contractors have completed projects that demonstrate an unparalleled level of innovation and excellence in our industry."

The Epic Deep Space Auditorium is located 73 feet underground. It blends with the rural landscape with a rock- and cave-like façade and six acres of green roofing. The initial concept of a 7,500 seat, 405,000-sf auditorium quickly grew to an expected 11,400 seats over 800,000-sf, with additional conference, training and office space. While the project doubled in size, the completion date did not. After 40 months of work, JP Cullen delivered the project successfully, safely and on schedule.

The association also released a new report analyzing the elements that made these projects so successful. The report, titled "Modeling Excellence," found that successful contractors relied on a mix of collaboration, use of Lean Construction methods, modeling technology, mock-ups and prefabrication to excel. The association prepared the report so other firms can benefit from the lessons these projects have to offer.

The Alliant Build America Awards highlight the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.

View all the Alliant Build America Award winners. View pictures of Build America winners.