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Cianbro's Southern New England Team Wins "Best in Show" Award for Algonquin Co-generation Project

The SNE Team was recently presented with the “Best in Show” Excellence in Construction (EIC) Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut during the association's 11th annual awards banquet dinner.  This top designation was chosen based on the project's overall complexity and logistical challenges as well as the Project Team’s ability to complete the project with zero lost time incidents and no regulatory violations, under budget, and ahead of schedule.

Some of Cianbro's top team members completed installation of a 15 MW co-generation unit that burns natural gas, generates electricity, and uses the exhaust to power a boiler to generate steam. Both the steam and the electricity feed an adjacent paper mill. Cianbro's installation of the equipment allows Algonquin to increase the plant's overall power output, and to do so in a cost-efficient way. The project team prepared for and executed the roll-in of the massive 175 ton co-generation unit, which was successfully performed on March 28, 2012. Once this major milestone was achieved, the project team took a collective deep breath and plunged into completion of the many final details required to bring the unit on-line. All this work culminated in the unit startup on June 28, 2012 which met the owner’s objectives.
  
The EIC program recognizes outstanding construction projects from the region. Submittals must adhere to rigorous application requirements for consideration of the year’s top honors.  Projects are judged by a cross section of construction industry experts, including owners, architects, engineers and other industry leaders.  This year’s event was attended by over 650 industry and political leaders, including both internal and external members of the Algonquin Project Team.

“The successful completion of this challenging project is a proud accomplishment for Cianbro, and it has a substantial and positive long term impact to our customer’s bottom line,” said Cianbro's Southern New England Vice President and General Manager Jeffrey Towle. 

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