The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington announced the 2011 AGC Build Washington Award winners during a gala event at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott May 19. Several South Puget Sound area contractors or projects won awards for construction or safety excellence.
Watts/DelHur Joint Venture of Gig Harbor received the biggest construction prize, the Grand Award for Construction Excellence, for its Elwha Water Facilities project at the Olympia National Park. Award judges noted that Watts/DelHur completed the project one year ahead of schedule, with a perfect safety record and at considerable savings for the National Park Service.
Category winners in the Construction Excellence category include:
- Pease Construction, Inc. of Lakewood won for its Spanish Steps Historic Rehabilitation in Tacoma. Pease Construction carefully rehabilitated the Steps, suggesting an alternative method that was far less invasive then the one originally planned. This resulted in a credit to the City of 4.5 percent of the original contract price.
- Mountain Construction of Tacoma won for its Griot’s Garage project in Tacoma. Mountain was selected by Griot’s Garage as the design-build contractor to demo and restore the facility with space for class A office, high end retail, an auto museum, retro style employee cafe and warehouse.
- Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Federal Way won for its SR 519 Intermodal Access Phase II project. Kiewit developed several innovative alternatives to the owner’s conceptual design and completed the project more than a year ahead of schedule.
- Walsh Construction of Seattle won for building the Salishan 7 project for the Tacoma Housing Authority. Salishan 7 is the first federal public housing project to achieve a LEED for Homes Platinum Certification for environmental excellence.
Winners of Safety Excellence Awards include:
- Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. of Fife
- Wade Perrow Construction of Gig Harbor
- Absher Construction Co. of Puyallup
- Kiewit Infrastructures West Co. of Federal Way
Individual Award Winners:
- Ed Kittle, Kiewit Infrastructures West Co. of Federal Way, was named Superintendent of the Year.
- Frank Young, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Federal Way, was named Project Manager of the Year.
Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington is the state’s leading commercial construction trade association.