A new project delivery method that reduced freeway construction time by nearly a year, a potential game-changer in port dredging material recycling and the creation of a temporary interstate bridge structure that improved safety for motorists and workers were recognized as models of innovation during a July 26 dinner hosted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).
Five private-sector firms and two public agencies received the ARTBA-TDF’s inaugural TransOvation Awards, which honor “innovative transportation infrastructure-related products, services, technologies and techniques introduced over the past five years that can be documented to provide a high return on investment by: improving transportation safety; saving transportation users and taxpayers time and/or money; or making our transportation infrastructure more environmentally sustainable.”
The event took place at ARTBA’s TransOvation Workshop & Exhibit, held at Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. The 2012 winners are:
Copper Hills Constructors & the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT): Modified CMGC Contracting: Using an innovative contracting method known as “Construction Manager General Contract” (CMGC) and risk management strategies, UDOT and its contractor, Copper Hills Constructors—a joint venture of Granite, Kiewit and W.W. Clyde—were able to deliver the 35-mile Mountain View Corridor a year ahead of schedule and at reduced cost to taxpayers.
The Lane Construction Corp.: I-85 Temporary Median Access Bridge and Ramps: The Lane Construction Corp. found an innovative way to protect workers and the traveling public while accelerating the construction schedule during the widening of eight miles of I-85 in Cabarrus County, N.C.
Schnabel Engineering & the Maryland Port Administration (MPA): MPA-Innovative Dredge Material Reuse Project: Schnabel Engineering completed a breakthrough study on sustainable reuse of dredge material for the MPA.