Vermont Business Magazine The redevelopment of the Waterbury State Office Complex was named as one of the most significant construction projects of 2016, the Associated General Contractors of America announced today. As a result, the project's contractor, South Burlington-based PC Construction, received the association's Alliant Build America Award for the best construction management renovation project of the year.
"These awards highlight the most challenging projects that construction firms are building today," said Mark Knight, the association's president and president of Knight Construction Services LLC in Aberdeen, SD. "Moreover, the awards showcase how construction firms are using skill, technology, and collaboration to successfully build some of the most complicated and complex projects."
This renovation project was the largest capital project ever completed by the State of Vermont, and houses 900 employees of the state's Agency of Human Services and Department of Public Safety. Because the site is on the banks of the Winooski River, the existing buildings' foundation was improved to mitigate the potential of future flooding, and the new facilities were elevated to six inches above the flood-level. The new facilities were designed with sustainability in mind and feature occupancy sensor lighting systems and a biomass energy system. Despite the challenge of managing several simultaneous activities on one site, the team delivered this project on time and within budget.
Interior of Waterbury State Office Complex. the renovatioin received a Associated General Contractors of America award for PC Construction. Above, aerial view of complex. PC Construction photos.
"The Alliant Build America Award recipients inspire and propel the construction industry; building exceptional projects, shaping America's future and creating opportunity within our communities," said Peter Arkley, Senior Managing Director, Alliant Insurance Services. "We congratulate this year's winners – including Alliant client Skanska – as well as all of the other nominees for their commitment to excellence."
The association also released a new report analyzing the elements that made the winning projects so successful. The report found that the successful contractors are using new technology, sophisticated scheduling and innovative collaborative techniques to cope with difficult construction environments, tight timelines and lean budgets. The association is distributing the report to its members so other firms can benefit from the lessons these projects and their contractors have to offer.
The Alliant Build America Awards highlight the nation's most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project's complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association's annual convention in Las Vegas, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.
Source: AGC America 3.9.2017