San Diego— Granite Construction Inc. of Watsonville, CA, was honored recently for its work building support for and coordinating with a variety of contractors, owner groups and federal, state and local agencies as part of the construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the Washington, DC area. The project, which received the Associated General Contractors of America's (AGC) Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, was among four cited for successfully maintaining support and cooperation among the many groups involved with its construction and oversight.
"These awards acknowledge that the hardest part of most construction projects isn't laying bricks or pouring cement, it's building a foundation of understanding, trust and support with everyone involved," said Doug Pruitt, incoming president of AGC. "Successful projects need technical skill and know-how, but a commitment to community support, worker safety and great communication is essential."
The Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards were announced as part of AGC's 90th Annual Convention in San Diego, CA. Pruitt said that these awards are designed to recognize construction companies for their ability to achieve a common goal, honor all stakeholders, maintain momentum, perpetuate partnering, improve communication, and incorporate team-building activities.
The 2009 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Winners also included LAUSD Central High School No. 11, Los Angeles, CA, by Hensel Phelps Construction Company.