The Brightman Street Bascule Bridge Replacement Project, which was completed by the Cianbro/Middlesex joint venture, has garnered three prestigious awards from Engineering News-Record New England. The construction industry publication has awarded Project of the Year honors in New England to the Brightman Street Bridge project. The Brightman job also earned Best Highway / Bridge Project, and Excellence in Safety Best Project. The latter two awards were announced earlier this year. The Project of the Year title was revealed only recently during ENR's annual Awards Breakfast at the publication's New York City headquarters, with all three awards being presented in NYC to Cianbro representatives Chris Bailey, Joe Orlando, Kaven Philbrook and David Schill.
"It was an honor to accept these prestigious awards on behalf of all the Cianbro team members that participated on the Brightman Street Bridge," said Senior Project Manager Kaven Philbrook. "If not for the hard work and dedication by the team, the success of this project would not have been possible. The hundreds of team members and dozens of subcontractors and material suppliers set goals in the areas of safety, quality, budget and schedule. With a Can-Do Spirit, and a commitment to work safely and productively, the team's dedication made sure that the project met those goals."
Senior Project Manager David Schill said, "This was definitely a team effort. It took a wide variety of people to tackle a wide variety of challenges over a long period of time. In the end, we completed one of the most technologically advanced bridges on the East Coast, on time and on budget. It was the technological complexity of the bridge that sealed the award for us."
ENR's Best 2013 Projects Awards celebrate and honor the building teams that created the best projects of 2013. The ENR New England prizes include the top projects in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ENR is a national trade magazine published weekly by McGraw-Hill and is a premiere publication read by the construction industry. ENR’s Best Projects competition invites companies to submit summaries of their top construction projects, which must meet a list of criteria, including the obstacles faced during design or construction and how these challenges were managed. The judges are recognized and respected within the construction industry. Brightman's schedule difficulties, tight tolerances, and the JV's ability to complete a quality job on time and on budget despite the complexities of the project contributed to the strength of Cianbro/Middlesex's entry in the awards competition, according to Kaven Philbrook. The projects that were awarded the high honor of “Best Project” in their respective categories will advance to the national competition to be considered for a “Best of the Best” national award.