Last week at the Connecticut Associated Builders and Contractors (CT-ABC) 2008 Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Banquet, Cianbro Corporation was recognized with high honors for its outstanding performance on the Amtrak Thames River Bridge Project. The project was awarded the Excellence in Construction – Best in Show Award. Projects built in the Southern New England Region have received the Excellence in Construction Award in the past but this was the first time a regional project had been awarded the prestigious honor of Best in Show. This particular award is chosen by the jury taking the total entries in all industry categories into consideration. This year 27 entries were considered.
Receiving the Platinum STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Award at the regional level marks an achievement that demonstrates Cianbro’s dedication to keeping their workforce safe and highly trained. The ABC STEP program is an accreditation program written by and implemented by ABC member contractors to rate Safety and Training programs.
Last but surely not least, Cianbro’s Southern New England Region was acknowledged with the 2008 Best of the Best Safety Award. Only two contractors receive this esteemed honor each year.
The CT ABC EIC program recognizes outstanding construction projects built in Connecticut and has become the major awards competition within the industry. This year’s event was attended by approximately seven hundred industry leaders, including members of the Amtrak Bridge Project team and project owner representatives. Proudly representing Cianbro was Senior Vice President Operations Earle Cianchette, Southern New England Region Vice President and General Manager Linc Denison, Project Manager Chet Muckenhirn and 28 additional team members who contributed to this incredible project. Also representing the project was Amtrak Chief Engineer Jim Richter, Amtrak Project Manager Peter Finch and Gary Egli and Mike Martin with the Washington Group.
Removal of the old railroad bridge and counterweight built in 1917, fabrication of the new span and floating it into place were all significant moments for this project, its team and the company as a whole. Cianbro performed the extensive facelift to the existing bridge and, with Amtrak, helped to improve the infrastructure in the United States. The project consisted of the installation or rehabilitation of major foundation elements, the fabrication and erection of new 200 foot tall towers, fabrication and assembly of the new lift span, modification and moving the existing 1600 ton approach spans to a correct alignment, and removal of the existing 2600 ton bascule span and counterweight. The most notable element of this project was completing the removal and float in of the new span in only 96 hours. The Amtrak Thames River Bridge Project is one that Cianbro holds up with pride and distinction.