Cianbro was among the award winners at this year's national convention of the Associated General Contractors of America, held in Orlando, Florida. The annual Build America Awards program honors AGC members who build the nation's most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, municipal and utilities, and federal and heavy divisions. Cianbro was awarded the top prize in the Highway Renovation category for the Thames River Bridge Rehabilitation Project completed in New London and Groton, Connecticut. The AGC's description of Cianbro's accomplishment reads:
"Cianbro converted the 90-year-old Thames River Bridge, located on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, one of the most complex, dynamic, and heavily traveled rail lines in the nation, from a single leaf bascule bridge to a vertical lift span bridge. The 1,400 ton vertical lift span was transported on a flexi-float sectional barge system and positioned into place. The two lift span towers were constructed at night, on water, and around Amtrak’s train schedules. Nearly all work on the Thames River Bridge was performed while Amtrak continued to operate, with minimal impact to the railroad and marine traffic. The project was completed with zero lost time injuries, on schedule and within budget. The Thames River Rehabilitation Project is the largest and most complex bridge project ever undertaken by Amtrak."
Cianbro's Regional Vice President for the Southern New England Region, Linc Denison, and Senior Project Manager Chet Muckenhirn accepted the award on behalf of the company. "The award means that out of the hundreds if not thousands of submissions, we were top in our category, and that's a pretty elite group," says Linc. "This just demonstrates the width and depth of our team, and our ability to perform highly technical and time-sensitive projects. Congratulations go out to Alan Fisher and his In-house Design team, George Bell and the Equipment Group, Dave Leavitt and the Fabrication and Coating folks, Chet Muckenhirn who was the Senior Project Manager for the majority of the job, and also to all the members of the construction team from Southern New England with an able assist from a contingent of Northern New England team members."