NUCA’s first annual Top Jobs Awards were presented during NUCA’s 2016 Convention in Fajardo, PR. The Top Jobs Competition TJ Cat Winnerrecognizes outstanding projects that exhibit innovative solutions to overcome challenging obstacles and produce the highest quality results. Contractors entered the competition in one or more of eight categories.

A group of independent judges selected the finalists in each category. Convention attendees selected the winners in each category and voted for an overall winner during the Auction & Awards Gala.

2015 Top Jobs Overall Winners

Amazingly, the voting was so tight that attendees of NUCA’s 2016 Executive Experience selected a three-way tie for Overall Top Job. The Overall Winners for the 2015 Top Jobs Competition are:

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From left to right: Jeff Rumor (Underground Infrastructure Tech.), Ed “Whiz” Whisenant (Driver Pipeline Co.), William Bocchino (Vogel Bros. Building Co.)

 

Top Jobs Winners By Category

 

Communications:

Michels Corporations

Electric Power

Anchor Construction Corporation

Excavation / Site Development

Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc.

Sanitary Sewer Collection / Storm Drains

Western Summit Constructors, Inc.

Trenchless Technologies

Underground Infrastructure Technologies

 Water Distribution

Anchor Construction Corporation

Water of Sewage Treatment Plant

Vogel Bros. Building Co.

Gas Distribution

Driver Pipeline Company, Inc.

 

Communications

Michels Corporation

Brownsville, WI

Project: Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory

Michels Corporation crews used directional drilling and trenching to place 205 miles of underground cable on the five inhabited islands in America Samoa while building a robust fiber optic network for the only American territory south of the equator. The project took 18 months to build, concluding in July. Due to lack of industry-specific suppliers and retailers on the islands and unreliable mainland delivery options, the Michels team shipped all materials, tools and pieces of heavy equipment by rail and container ship to America Samoa. Directional drilling was a new method to America Samoa, but proved to be very effective. Michels used the four drill rigs it shipped over to complete bores that ranged from 100 to 900 feet in length, and allowed crews to work under American Samoa’s limited roadways. About two dozen crew members completed the project. Command center at Pago Pago

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Electric Power

Anchor Construction Corporation

Washington, DC

Project: Skanska DC Clean Water Job For Relocating Pepco Line

Anchor Construction was responsible for the excavation of a PEPCO  ductbank and three conduits with existing power lines in a congested Washington, DC neighborhood. The project required extremely close coordination with the PEPCO crew as they pulled the existing cables one by one and Anchor connected the new conduits with the existing infrastructure, encased all of the power with concrete, and backfilled the site. The conduits were installed between existing sheet piles recently placed by other subcontract of DC Water for the proposed tunnel project. Much of the demolition on the live concrete ductwork had to be done with hand tools to avoid damaging the existing power cables. The job was completed successfully and in an efficient manner, particularly in regards to the coordination with the PEPCO crew. Anchor Construction_Electric Power

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Excavation / Site Development

Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL

Project: Celestina Phase 1

Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors were the competitively selected as sitework Construction Manager for Celestina Phase 1, a very unique approach for a private land developer. Their scope as CM was to select qualified, responsible bidders for each aspect of the project, draft bid documents, hold pre-bids, and bid openings. They met with the civil engineers, architects, and environmental firms during the design phase to produce the best product for the best price, which included value engineering, addressing constructability issues, and establishing budgets across each plan iteration. During construction, Petticoat-Schmitt managed all contractors, coordinated with the owners’ subcontractors, scheduled the project, and held weekly progress meetings. Petticoat-Schmitt also acted as a contractor for two scopes of the project, while managing six other primary contractors, several of which were direct competitors.

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Sanitary Sewer Collection / Storm Drains

Western Summit Constructors, Inc.

Englewood, CO

Project: Metro PAR 1088 South Platte Interceptor

Western Summit was the self-performing General Contractor for the $42.5 million Metro PAR 1088 South Platte Interceptor project, which was designed as a part of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s (MWRD) Northern Treatment Plant Program. Western Summit safely installed 31,700 linear feet (LF) of 30-inch to 78-inch diameter fiberglass reinforced (FRP) gravity sewer interceptor at open-cut depths averaging 30 feet, which included manholes, connection structures, a metering station with Parshall flume and instrumentation, and a metering station bypass. Construction also included 3,500 LF of tunnel installation, one river crossing, and multiple roadway crossings; all associated dewatering, hauling, disposal, and restoration; and an additional 1,000 LF of tunneling through contaminated groundwater conditions. The site, which ran parallel to the South Platte River, mandated extreme precision and skill to excavate to prevent disrupting the existing slurry walls. The project spanned both urban and rural settings, requiring innovative traffic and site access control. Sensitive wetlands were adjacent to the project, creating additional challenges for the project team. The project was successfully completed on time and budget, in no small part due to the innovative use of planning and hardware. Western Summit

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Underground Infrastructure Technologies

Lakewood, CO

Project: 20 inch Main Installation at 40th & Blake Street

Underground Infrastructure Technologies’ (UIT)project consisted of an approximate 400 foot undercrossing of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Regional Transportation District (RTD) train tracks for the purpose of constructing a new 20-inch PVC water main encased in a 32-inch minimum steel casing pipe. Portions of the water main alignment approaching the tracks were open cut. The tunnel location is at a junction where several main line tracks branch off into 13 separate siding tracks. The train corridor is heavily traveled with UPRR diesel freight trains and an RTD commuter rail line currently under construction. UIT  reviewed the benefits and risks associated with each of the three proposed methodologies; microtunneling, open face TBM, and hand mining with consideration of the site location, proposed alignment and subsurface conditions. Following initial evaluations UIT planned to lower the proposed casing invert alignment 6 feet into the fine alluvium and utilize slurry microtunneling with an armored cutting shield as the methodology to advance and complete installation of the tunnel casing pipe. They selected a 36-inch MTBM so the machine could handle the maximum size boulders (typically 1/3 of the shield diameter) anticipated in the geotechnical baseline report (12-inches). Additionally, the 36-inch casing is a standard pipe size that was readily available from local suppliers. UIT was complete a project that was previously attempted without success due to the complexity of the subsurface conditions. Underground Infrastructure

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Water Distribution

Anchor Construction Corporation

Washington, DC

Project: DC Water Large Valve Replacement

Anchor Construction furnished and installed varied sizes of Gate and Butterfly Valves for DC Water at multiple locations in the District of Columbia from sizes of 12″ – 54″ in diameter. The scope of work included major traffic controls in public roadways, saw cutting, excavation, cutting and removal of pipe and valves, and the coordination of water main shut downs and outages. Anchor had to furnish and install proposed valves, fittings and accessories, drain blow-offs,  and manholes and covers per DC Water specifications. Additionally, roadway, sidewalk, curbs and gutters, and grass restoration had to be completed for all of the disturbed areas. One major challenge was the cutting and installation of the proposed 54″ valve, fittings, and accessories at 15th & K Street, SE location because of a limited shutdown duration due to the existing water line being used to feed the Overlook and Bryant Street Pumping Plant. Small windows of time were consistent throughout the project because many of the project upgrades impacted public drinking water. The successful completion of this project added much needed improvements to the District’s aging water infrastructure. Anchor Construction

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Vogel Bros. Building Co.

Lakeland, FL

Project: Sanford WTP #2

Vogel Brothers’ project was an upgrade to an existing water treatment plant. The upgrade consisted of the construction of a new treatment train utilizing Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) and Ozone. This particular treatment pairing was being used for the first time in an effort to reduce the level of Trihalomethane (THM) in the city water distribution system. In addition, the project included tying into a new underground aquifer and installing new high speed booster pumps for distribution to the city water supply system. The entire Treatment Train was constructed in the middle of an operating WTP that had to remain on line throughout construction. The fact that the plant was in service required careful coordination and well thought out lifting plans to safely install the large carbon vessels and oxygen storage tanks on a limited foot print. Vogel Brothers also needed to tie in a new supply line by connecting to a directional drill from a new aquifer well, and replace the High Service pumps serving the entire city during one time limited staged overnight shutdown. The entire GAC/Ozone treatment process was an innovative way to not only reduce the THM in the plant output, but to reduce the THM level throughout the city’s distribution system without having to clean or line the existing distribution lines. Completion of the project resulted in significant improvement to the water quality for the entire  city of Sanford and a reduction of THM levels to below the threshold level. Vogal Brothers

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Gas Distribution

Driver Pipeline Company, Inc.

Irving, TX

Project: UTMB Galveston

Drive Pipeline’s scope of work was to install 22,000 feet of 8″ steel, high pressure natural gas pipeline via Horizontal Directional Drill, from an existing Texas Gas Service regulator station in Galveston, Texas along a stretch of highway that is one of the heaviest traveled roads on the island and created challenges for the public, police and city personnel, contractor and holiday cruise patrons who launched from the Haborside cruise line docks. The project was designed to be installed within an existing Texas Department of Transportation Right of Way, State Highway 275, approximately eighty feet wide with four paved lanes of traffic. The area in which to install the pipe, back of the curb, varied from six to ten feet wide with the existing utilities – including water, sewer, gas, and telephone – already in place. Driver’s task was to weld forty foot joints of pipe into a bore string, 300′ to 500′ long, test using Non-Destructive Testing, and once a horizontal directional drill was ready, pull the section of pipe into the ground, and weld it to the section of pipe previously installed. This process was repeated until the entire 22,000 feet of pipe was in place. The pipe was then pressure tested using water and dried. Gas was injected from the station to the West Plant at University of Texas Medical Branch. This pipeline, along with other plant modifications, will insure the continued use of the heating systems, cooling systems and electrical generation, in the event of a natural disaster, and offer refuge to the surrounding community. Driver Pipeline

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