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Minneapolis I-35W Bridge Named Most Significant Construction Job of 2008

Fri March 13, 2009 - National Edition
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A new bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis that replaced the collapsed I-35W Bridge was named as the most significant construction project of 2008. The bridge, which was completed by Longmont, Colo.-based Flatiron Construction and Seattle, Wash.-based Manson Construction, was on budget and ahead of schedule. This project was one of 13 construction projects recognized March 6 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) for their complexity, innovation, success and ultimately, for their significance to the construction community and the nation at large.

“These projects are the very embodiment of the potential and promise of the nation’s construction industry,” said Doug Pruitt, the incoming president of AGC. “These projects are more than a simple task, they are the kind of jobs that challenge our skills, stretch our imaginations and capture our fancy.”

Pruitt noted that the I-35W Bridge project was selected as the Aon Build America Grand Award winner because Flatiron Construction and Manson Construction demonstrated hard work and diligence in completing the project three months early, while overcoming difficult challenges and constraints under the watchful eye of the public and the media. More importantly, Pruitt added, the project was crucial in helping rebuild Americans’ confidence in the safety of the nation’s bridges.

The Aon Build America Award winners were announced as part of AGC’s 90th Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. For more than 20 years, the Aon Build America Awards have been given to recognize excellence in the construction industry. These prestigious and highly coveted awards are given to the projects selected by a panel of a contractor’s toughest critics — other contractors.

In addition to the I-35W Bridge, 12 other projects were selected to receive Aon Build America Awards by AGC, Pruitt noted. Those projects include Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart; Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac Hotel and Condominiums; Boston Symphony Hall; the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama; and Washington D.C.’s Nationals Park.

2009 Aon Build America Award Winning Construction Projects

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Houston, Texas

Linbeck Group

Building New Award

Westin Book Cadillac Hotel and Condominiums

Detroit, Mich.

Marous Brothers Construction — Jenkins Construction, Joint Venture LLC

Building Renovation Award

Fernald Preserve Visitors Center

Harrison, Ohio

Megen Construction Company Inc.

Building New — Under $5 Million Award

Boston Symphony Hall — Clerestory Window Restoration

Boston, Mass.

Walsh Brothers Inc.

Building Renovation — Under $5 Million Award

Lower Monumental Dam Removable Spillway Weir

Kahlotus, Wash.

Advanced American Construction Inc.

Federal & Heavy New Award

I-35W Bridge (St. Anthony Falls)

Minneapolis, Minn.

Flatiron-Manson, a Joint Venture

Highway New Award

Oregon Highway 99 — North Umpqua River (Old Winchester) Bridge Rehabilitation

Douglas County, Ore.

Hamilton Construction Co.

Highway Renovation Award

Nationals Park

Washington, D.C.

Clark/Hunt/Smoot, a Joint Venture

Design-Build New Award

I-15 NOW Design-Build Reconstruction Project

Greater Ogden area of Weber County, Utah

Granite Construction Inc., and Ralph L. Wadsworth Co., Partners of Weber County Constructors

Design-Build Renovation Award

Bayfront Convention Center & Hotel Complex

Erie, Pa.

Barton Malow Company

Construction Management New Award

Kalamazoo College Hicks Center

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Miller-Davis Company

Construction Management Renovation Award

Upper Baker Dam Floating Surface Collector

Concrete, Wash.

Natt McDougall Company

Municipal & Utilities New

U.S. Embassy Cuidad de Panama

Cuidad de Panama, Panama

Caddell Construction Company Inc.

International New Award

2009 Aon Build America Merit Award Winners

Bridge Building Expansion

Providence, R.I.

Shawmut Design & Construction

Construction Management New Award

METRO Light Rail Line Section 5

Tempe and Mesa, Ariz.

Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck Inc., a Joint Venture

Highway New Award

University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC)

Orange, Calif.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Design-Build New Award

The Mutual Building Historic Renovation/The Christman Building

Lansing, Mich.

The Christman Company

Building Renovation Award

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