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Cianbro Wins AGC Award for New Pier at Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Cianbro Corporation has won a first place award in the annual Build Maine Awards Competition for its construction of a new working pier for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. 

Each year, construction companies from around the state enter their best construction projects in this annual competition sponsored by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Maine. Cianbro took the top prize in the Specialty Division for construction of a 440 foot long by 21 foot wide, state-of-the-art, concrete and steel-pipe pile pier for GMRI. The project also included demolition of a similar-sized pier that was previously used by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT).

"We are thrilled to be recognized for this award," said Project Superintendent Pat Sughrue. "The end result is a pure example of what a true Project Team (client GMRI, owner's engineer Appledore Marine Engineering, and the Cianbro Companies) can accomplish when we all aspire to achieve the same goal. Before the first boot set foot on site, the Project Team set some lofty goals with respect to safety, environmental stewardship, quality work, and robust production. With a detailed road map for achieving these goals, the GMRI 'Pier Crew' succeeded. Thank you to all who participated in this project, especially those who were hands-on everyday."

Carried out from February to November of 2010, Cianbro successfully completed the replacement pier in nearly 23,000 working hours with no injuries and no illnesses. The project also resulted in substantial savings for GMRI when Cianbro obtained a permit to classify the spoils as Beneficial Use Material. It saved the Gulf of Maine Research Institute approximately $100,000 in potential disposal costs.

Brayden Sheive, Cianbro's Project Engineer, said much of the project’s success can be attributed to “strategic partnering with other firms and to value engineering before the work began.” He added that the Cianbro team “spent considerable time, during the early stages of bidding and pre-construction, on designing innovative and efficient ways of carrying out the project.”

The work began by constructing portions of the pier at Cianbro’s Ricker’s Wharf facility located along the same body of water as the pier this allowed the delivery of the completed portions to the site by barge.

Two cranes of 150 and 175 tons were mobilized to the site. However, using the cranes was difficult because of limited space at the worksite.To meet this challenge Cianbro team members designed a riprap road that allowed all pile driving and cap placement to take place from land.

One of the biggest cost-saving measures was the decision to place all electrical conduit for the pier in the concrete overlay. This move protected the conduit from exposure to the harsh Maine marine environment along the outside of the pier.

Carried out in the midst of an economic recession, the successful completion of this project changed the face of Portland’s working waterfront and contributed to the improvement of the local economy.

"I am proud of our Team and the work they did with a great client to build a high quality and cost effect project with tremendous safety results," said Cianbro Regional Vice President Charlie Cianchette. "This was not an easy project, with the value engineering and the tight schedule. Many thanks go out to our team for making us all proud to be a part of Cianbro."
 

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