The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors presented its 2006 Build Northwest Awards for project excellence on Jan. 12 during the chapter's annual convention at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. These awards recognize excellence in construction throughout the Inland Northwest.
Projects were judged by an independent panel on the following criteria: meeting the challenge of a difficult job; excellence in project management; contractor's innovation in construction techniques or materials; contractor's state-of-the-art advancement; contractor's sensitivity to the environment and surroundings; excellence in client service; and contractor's contribution to the community.
The 2006 Build Northwest Award winners are as follows:
Building Project, Under $5 million — Lydig Construction Inc. won for the Hayden Creek Plaza, a one-of-a-kind facility located just north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This retail plaza is recognizable by its stone work and beautiful stand-alone water feature.
Building this 50,000-square-foot plaza was a fast-track project scheduled for completion in just over eight months. Lydig met that schedule and allowed the owner to move in as planned to begin business.
The main mall is 28,000 square feet of retail space with high-end finishes at each of the entries as well as the entire storefront. The plaza is tied together by its use of simulated stone and cedar beams.
Building Project, Over $5 million — Graham Construction & Management Inc. won for the Washington State University Academic Center, Riverpoint Campus. This facility represents an outstanding achievement resulting from the successful collaboration of owner, architect, engineer, and general contractor/construction manager. It is an example of what can be achieved using the alternate contracting methods becoming available in Washington State.
The Academic Center was constructed to be the focal point of the Riverpoint Campus. Its primary purpose is to house the campus library. Additionally, it provides space for administrative and teaching functions including 22 classrooms and two large lecture halls.
Heavy/Highway Project, Over $5 million — The winner was Max J. Kuney Co. / Spokane Rock Products Inc. for the NSC — Farwell Road Lowering. This project on U.S. 395, completed in October 2006, was the second contract on the North Spokane Corridor. Work consisted of lowering Farwell Road and constructing four precast concrete tub girder bridges over Farwell Road along with 17 concrete faced geosynthetic retaining walls.
Max J. Kuney Co. proposed an innovative value engineering design to utilize precast concrete fascia panels in lieu of the cast-in-place concrete facing originally specified. This change proved to be a significant time and cost savings for MJK and the owner, Washington State Department of Transportation.
Collaboration between all parties involved was a key component to the success of this project. MJK worked closely with Spokane Rock Products to utilize high-quality materials and provide material delivery in a manner that allowed them to utilize nearly every cubic yard of concrete delivered to the project.
Tom Mauer Safety Award — The Inland Northwest AGC also presented its Third Annual Tom Mauer Safety Award at its convention. This year's award was presented to Randy Zutter with Paras Concrete Contractors for his commitment to safety and to the AGC.
The Tom Mauer Safety Award was established by the AGC board of directors to be given to an individual and/or company with an accomplished safety program, a safety program of commitment from the top down. The recipient must be active in the AGC Safety Committee and must actively assist the Inland Northwest AGC Chapter, AGC members and safety directors in the development of their individual company safety programs. The recipient must be a leader in the field of jobsite safety, respectful of others and serve the needs of others with humility.