AGC of Alaska Honors 2017 Award Winners at Annual Convention
Winners include congressman, contractors, engineers, and construction projects
By Kathryn Mackenzie
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alaska is the state’s largest construction trade association representing more than 650 general and specialty contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and businesses participating in one of Alaska’s largest economic sectors. The organization honored the individuals, construction contractors, projects, and safety programs that help make this industry one of the most important to the state of Alaska. The following awards were given out at AGC’s annual convention in November.
Hard Hat Award
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Congressman Don Young wins the 2017 AGC Hard Hat Award.
Stan Smith Volunteer of the Year
Xavier Schlee, Alaska Basic Industries
Parker, Smith & Feek Excellence in Construction Awards: Meeting the Challenge of a Job
Under $3 million—Vertical Construction
Roger Hickel Contracting—Asplund WWTF Screens Rehabilitation and Hot Water Upgrades
The scope of the project consisted of upgrades to Anchorage’s Asplund Sewage Treatment Plant and work involved removing and refurbishing the existing influent screens, relining the influent channels, and process upgrades to modernize the plant and make it more energy efficient. This project was particularly complex due to the need to maintain the plant in operation at all times.
Between $3 million and $8 million—Vertical Construction
Cornerstone General Contractors—Alaska Airlines Kodiak Airport Upgrades
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Davis construction's Anchorage Museum expansion.
Over $8 million—Vertical Construction
Davis Constructors & Engineers—Anchorage Museum Expansion
The Anchorage Museum is the cultural cornerstone of Anchorage providing the foundation of Alaska’s cultural heritage, community identity, education, and outreach. This expansion project provided 30,000 square feet of gallery space, temporary gallery space, a patron’s lounge, administrative offices, informal galleries, and a remodeled atrium. It also included a stunning addition to the second floor.
Under $3 million—Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving
Turnagain Marine Construction—Kodiak Channel Transient Float
Of all the bidders for this project, Turnagain Marine Construction was the only company to submit a design-build proposal unconditionally waiving any claim for geotechnical impacts, relying on its experience installing deep marine foundations and its unique fleet of crane barges custom-built for Alaska conditions. Turnagain finished a week before schedule.
Between $3 million and $8 million—Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving
Tutka LLC—Roche Moutonnee Creek Bridge # 1519 Replacement - Dalton Highway MP 265
Tutka completed replacement of the Roche Moutonnee Creek Bridge at MP 265 of the Dalton Highway in September 2017, reaching substantial completion within the brief summer window afforded by Alaska’s northern latitudes. Tutka met the challenges of remote location work and completed the final 120-foot long concrete bulb-tee girder bridge including onsite mixing of concrete for the substructure through careful planning and effective use of nearby resources.
Over $8 million—Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving
QAP—Spenard Road Reconstruction Phase II
Spenard Road Reconstruction Phase II–Hillcrest Drive to Benson Boulevard consists of complete reconstruction of Spenard Road, extensive site improvements, storm and sewer manholes replacements, installing new storm drain piping, lining existing storm drain with Cured in Place Pipe, installing a new LED illumination system, installation of nine transit stops, eight-feet sidewalks and curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria, traffic signalization at three major intersections (Benson Boulevard, Northern Lights Boulevard, and Fireweed), and construction of a Municipal Light and Power vault and duct system.
Excellence in Construction Award for a Specialty Contractor—Vertical Construction
KLEBS Mechanical Inc.—Riverview at the Bluffs (Design/Build)
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Riverview at The Bluffs.
Excellence in Construction Award for a Specialty Contractor—Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving
STG Inc.—GCI TERRA Ring Closure
The Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska (TERRA) project is GCI’s vision to bring a next‐generation communications network to some of the most remote stretches of land in Alaska. STG helped make this vision reality for more than 45,000 Alaskans with 3,300 miles of fiber‐optic network. Seven years in the making, the TERRA infrastructure now provides eighty-four villages access to high‐speed terrestrial broadband service through one of the largest fiber‐microwave networks in the country.
Sustainability in Construction Award
Orion Marine Group—UniSea Seafood Waste Dredging
Orion Marine joined the Floyd Snider and UniSea team to finalize a waste remediation plan and perform dredging work to remove contaminated seafood waste in Dutch Harbor. Orion worked with Floyd Snider to develop work plans, schedules, and drawings for seawater filtration on the dump scow to complete reporting to the EPA.
ConocoPhillips Excellence in Safety Awards
Excellence in Safety—Building Division
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Safety culture begins with leadership and Cornerstone’s President Joe Jolley and Vice President Mike Quirk have committed the firm to the philosophy that safety comes above all else. Cornerstone firmly believes in its team and places the highest value on sending each and every team member home safely to their family each night. As part of the company’s top-notch safety program, the safety manager works closely with project managers, superintendents, and field staff to develop site specific safety plans during pre-construction and then oversee implementation of those safety plans during construction. The safety manager, project manager and site superintendent jointly develop traffic control plans, engineering controls, and phase the jobs to build safety into every project.
Excellence in Safety—Heavy Division
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. (KIWC)
KIWC is committed to providing a safe workplace for its employees. KIWC’s safety program is focused on behavior in conjunction with rules and regulations, which is why an industry-leading safety program was developed with buy-in and participation from all levels of the company. KIWC encourages and promotes many different competencies on all jobsites including authority, accountability, professionalism, and innovation. These competencies are the cornerstone of the KIWC safety program and contribute to the company’s overall goal of “Nobody gets hurt.”
Excellence in Safety—Specialty Division
American Marine Corporation (AMC)
Despite extreme hazards, high-risks, and logistical challenges faced on a routine basis, AMC constantly strives for operational and safety performance excellence, and for more than fifteen years has not experienced an injury, dive-related emergency, or occupational illness during a diving operation. Since 2008, AMC has a perfect safety record with no OSHA reportable or recordable incidents and no occupation illnesses or injuries. AMC is well on its way to achieving another perfect year in 2017 with no occupational illnesses or injuries to date.
Excellence in Safety—Highway Division
While safety continues to be a prominent issue in the construction industry, Brice strives to be proactive with its Safety Program and not just be content with mere regulatory compliance. This philosophy begins at the corporate level with both upper and project management teams fully supporting funding and implementation of new and existing safety programs. This up and down management thinking affords Brice’s employees the safest working conditions.
Excellence in Safety—Individual
Tom Ulrich, AMC
Ulrich ushered AMC’s personnel into a safety culture unparalleled in the organization’s history by working to improve systems and processes as well as provide training opportunities for all employees. Ulrich’s top down approach is a shining example for all team members to emulate, as is his open-door policy which helps generate conversation and dialogue to breed new, innovative ideas from front-line team members and administrative staff.