Salcha's Northern Rail Extension Named One of 2014's Best Construction Projects
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Wins Associated General Contractors of America's Alliant Build America Merit Award for Best New Highway and Transportation Project
SAN JUAN – Salcha's Northern Rail Extension was one of the most significant construction projects of 2014, the Associated General Contractors of America announced today. As a result, the project's contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. was one of 11 firms to receive the association's Alliant Build America Merit Award.
"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 $154 million rail extension project included the construction of a 3,300-foot bridge over the Tanana River, the longest bridge in Alaska, and an 11,000-foot levee along the river's eastern bank. The project also required a significant amount of temporary construction to support the permanent construction, including the cofferdams at each pier location and the installation and removal of 1,650 feet of temporary trestle and 1,650 feet of rip-rap causeway in the river bed in both seasons. Despite significant weather, logistical and budget challenges, the project was completed in August 2014 safely ahead of schedule and under budget.
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 Merit 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.