NUCA’s annual Top Jobs Awards were presented during NUCA’s 2017 Convention in Las Vegas. The Top Jobs Competition recognizes 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.

2016 Top Jobs Overall Winners

The voting was so tight that attendees of NUCA’s 2017 Annual Convention selected a three-way tie for Overall Top Job. The Overall Winners for the 2016 Top Jobs Competition are:

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L.G. Roloff Construction

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Marshbank Construction Company

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Vogel Brothers Building Company

Top Jobs Winners By Category

 

Electric Power

Barnard Construction Company, Inc

Excavation / Site Development

Marshbank Construction Company, Inc

Oil & Gas Pipeline

Barnard Pipeline, Inc

Sanitary Sewer Collection / Storm Drains

L.G. Roloff Construction

Trenchless Technologies

BT Construction

Water or Sewage Treatment Plant

Vogel Brothers Construction Co.

Electric Power

Barnard Construction Company

Bozeman, MT

Project: Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project

The Project

To tap into the production of renewable energy in the region, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) developed a plan to access the Tehachapi Mountains and Mojave Desert, good sources of wind and solar power. One facet of this plan was the Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project— the addition of 62 miles of new 230kV double-and-triple-circuit transmission line connecting the power sources to LADWP’s customers. Barnard Construction Company, Inc. and its engineer procure construct (EPC) team, established as a fully integrated alliance, worked with LADWP, regulators, neighbors and agencies through alignment acquisition challenges, aggressive scheduling, difficult desert and mountain terrain, community concern, multiple environmental restrictions, and pre-set outage limitations to make this a successful project for all parties.

The Barnard Team began design with Engineer Black & Veatch prior to contract award on an at-risk basis because meeting the schedule and particularly being prepared for the established outages looked unachievable under any other scenario. This trust and teamwork paid off. The excellent safety record of the more than 225 employees spread among 25 crews, and the design, testing, fabrication and erection of 16 million-plus pounds of structural steel in just 18 months were critical to the project’s success. The project also included 48 miles of improved and 12 miles of new access road, 306 tower and 9 monopole foundations, 395 miles of conductor, 60 miles of groundwire, and 60 miles of OPGW.

 

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Excavation / Site Development

*OVERALL TOP JOBS WINNER*

Marshbank Construction Company, Inc

Lake Stevens, WA

Project: Pilchuck River CED

The Project

The project required improvements to the slopes of the Pilchuck River, which had severely eroded. The erosion had resulted in mud slides that had destroyed one home and were an imminent threat (40 ft) from shutting down SR 92. The work included installing a temporary diversion of the river, constructing a rock revetment, installing large woody debris structures, root wads, coir encapsulated soil lifts, and final planting.

Diversion of the Pilchuck River was the greatest challenge on this project, as it would require a dam that was versatile in segment lengths and for the depth of water it would retain. Although the average stream depth at the time of installation was only 1.5 ft, Marshbank selected an 8-ft-tall Aqua Dam to allow for the change in depth the dam to narrowed the river’s width. The dam’s depth also needed to allow for potential summer rainstorms, which would increase the flow in the diverted channel. The company selected the correct size, as one large storm raised the river within 6- to 12-inches of overflowing the 8-ft dam.

Marshbank partnered with the WSDOT to allow a stream diversion outside the anticipated channel, which required the approval of multiple agencies, including the Dept. of Fisheries, Dept. of Ecology, and multiple tribal agencies. Due to the short window of time for completion, Marshbank was given approval by all agencies within a week.

 

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Oil & Gas Pipeline

Barnard Pipeline, Inc

Woodland, CA

Project: L-402 Program

The Project

To keep 44,000 residential and commercial customers in service during natural gas line strength tests, Barnard Pipeline, Inc.’s L-402 Program Team completed the largest LNG/CNG project attempted in Pacific Gas and Electric Company history. This effort, also reportedly the largest ever attempted in the industry, required the injection of 1,351,853 gallons of LNG over 19 days, all of which was transported by trucks, each on a 30-hour round trip. At peak, Barnard employed over 200 craft employees with an additional 50 subcontracted employees. PG&E and the Barnard Team estimate that this complex project required 1.5 million man-hours from design, construction, inspection, gas control, management, vendors and suppliers. The Program finished with zero at fault dig-ins or line strikes, and zero OSHA recordable incidents. The team also received numerous customer appreciation notices.

Since 2013, Barnard has participated in PG&E’s Natural Gas Pipeline Modernization Program dedicated to strengthening and improving the integrity and safety of its natural gas transmission system in Northern California. A project within this program, L-402 included 12 contracts comprised of five valve automations, one in-line inspections site, and two hydrotest sections, all spread across 38 miles of single-feed lateral transmission pipeline. To complete this work, Barnard conducted 24 strength tests, automated 8 valves, and safely completed over 100 challenging excavations involving wet and “in the street” conditions. The Project began in early March 2016 and reached substantial completion in mid-October 2016.

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Sanitary Sewer Collection / Storm Drains

*OVERALL TOP JOBS WINNER*

L.G. Roloff Construction

Omaha, NE

Project: Spring Lake Park CSO

The Project
The Spring Lake Park Project provided sewer separation to the surrounding area through both installation of new, and rehabilitation and repurposing of existing storm and sanitary sewer pipe. The project eliminated combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Missouri River. In addition, the neighborhood park was revitalized and the former ‘lake’ was re-established.This project had two major components: sewer separation of the surrounding neighborhood and storm water detention/park construction. The original pond was drained when a combination sewer was installed in the 1920s. This phase of the project required directing the sanitary flows from the neighborhoods on each side of a valley into a new sanitary sewer system. The new sewer system consisted of 1235 LF of bored pipe and 17,060 LF of open trenched pipe, including one siphon. The existing infrastructure was repurposed, where possible, for either storm or sanitary flows. Both existing and new sewers directed storm flows into the valley, where the company would build a park/detention pond.   The park portion of the project started with tree clearing and trash/debris cleanup as the park had become a dumping area. The green infrastructure construction was extensive, consisting of a series of small ponds and a submerged gravel wetland that cleans the water before it flows into the main pond, where it is detained allowing for better downstream flow control. A walking trail and large cast-in-place retaining wall were also major elements constructed in the park.
 

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Trenchless Technologies

BT Construction

Henderson, CO

Project: Michigan Ditch Tunnel

The Project

The 5.2-mile-long Michigan Ditch in Jackson County, Colorado, was built in the early 1900s to convey trans-mountain water from the west to east side of the Never Summer Mountains. The City of Fort Collins purchased it approximately 40 years ago to add valuable water rights to its supply system. Although slope stability along the ditch has always been a problem, there has been an excessive amount of movement across an area known as the Mudslide. The Mudslide essentially cut off 95% of the trans-mountain water supply to the city’s reservoir. The city looked for a permanent repair and asked for members of its Alternative Product Delivery System team to come up with a solution. A design-build team was put together that developed a plan to install an 8 ft. diameter, 765 ft. curved tunnel with a 60 inch carrier pipe through the mountain behind the Mudslide. At 10,300 feet above sea level, the summer construction window is short, and the city needed to get the ditch back online for the spring 2017 runoff. Schedule was key. Selecting specialized tunneling equipment that could do the job with limited space on the side of the mountain would prove to be just one of many challenges to overcome throughout the course of the project. Working safely while maintaining the highest level of quality with close attention to schedule and budget were major goals that were achieved on this unique project.

 

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Water or Sewage Treatment Plant

*OVERALL TOP JOBS WINNER*

Vogel Brothers Construction Co.

Lakeland, FL

Project: Kraus Street Master Pump Station

The Project

The project required a complete rehabilitation of the Krause Street Wastewater Pumping Station, located in the middle of downtown Tampa—underneath the Cross Town Expressway between the Tampa Convention Center and the Hillsborough River. The rehabilitation revolved around the removal and installation of four new VFD controlled 400 hp fully immersible vertical centrifugal sewage pumps. In addition, the project included all new electrical and control gear, full rehabilitation of the wetwell, and replacement of all piping and valves including four 24” pneumatically controlled plug check valves. To allow the work to be completed, the entire station had to be bypassed for five months. The twelve- pump bypass system capable of a peak flow of 65 MGD was provided by fellow NUCA member Godwin Pumps. Several of the manholes the bypass pumps had to draw from were located in the middle of Ashley Drive. Ashley Drive was closed to thru traffic, but patrons exiting the Convention Center required a single lane for the duration of the project. The bypass system point of connection was a new 54” X 36” hot tap on a 30-year-old PCCP line. This line was located in an encasement 10 ft. from the outer wall of the Tampa Convention Center and 10 ft. from the foundation supports for the Tampa Crosstown Expressway. This excavation required two 3-sided guide frame system provided by Trench Plate Rental Co. to allow for the installation of the tapping saddle, valve, and hot tap.

 
 

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