BY BRADLEY FEHR - Roadbuilding and maintenance excellence was recently recognized at the 11th annual Deputy Minister's Contractor of the Year Awards in Victoria.
A winner and two finalists were announced in five different categories at the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association’s annual general meeting in Victoria.
“These awards drive the bar higher” said Jack Davidson, president of the B.C. Road Builders.
“Each year, they set new standards for the industry.”
The Contractor of the Year Award for Bridges and Structures was presented to Kiewit – Flatiron General Partnership for their work on the Port Mann Highway 1 Improvement Projects – East Segment.
The endeavor is part of the largest infrastructure project in B.C.’s history.
“The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project is one of the most visible and impressive examples of construction excellence in B.C. Congratulations to the Kiewit Flatiron team for this exceptional accomplishment,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “
The first phase of the project opened on time and budget.
In December 2012, eight lanes on the new bridge were opened to traffic. The new Port Mann is one of the widest bridges in the world, the largest and longest main span river crossing in Western Canada, and the second longest in North America.
The phase also included highway widening from 202 Street in Langley to Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam, as well as the reconstruction of interchanges at 176 Street, 160 Street and 152 Street.
ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc. was named the Contractor of the Year for Paving for the Highway 16 – Driscoll Creek to Slim Creek & Blackman Road to Red Pass project.
The company was awarded a $6.78 million contract to resurface two sections of the highway east of Prince George.
It was the longest resurfacing project in the northern region this year.
ARC used Hot In-Place Asphalt Recycling, a technology developed in B.C. and one which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The Contractor of the Year for Grading was Windley Contracting (2010) Ltd. for its work on Okanagan Highway 97 – Winfield to Oyama – Four Laning.
The $40.8 million contract was for a new four-lane stretch of highway built west of the existing roadway above Wood Lake.
The highway has a 100-kilometre-per-hour speed limit.
Crews built two truck climbing lanes for slower moving traffic and installed a concrete median barrier for added safety.
The company worked with the Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Indian Band to preserve heritage values along the highway.
In addition, two environmentally sensitive areas with bat habitat were preserved.
Lizards and rattlesnakes found along the route during construction were captured and relocated to two newly constructed reptile dens.
World Tech Solutions, which is also known as Hoban Equipment Ltd. was named the Contractor of the Year for Safety Innovation for their Automated Process Control System for Aggregate Plants.
The Employee Proximity Alerting System provides enhanced worker safety for those working near aggregate crushers.
The system provides real time information, including employee identification, to the tower operator.
When a ground worker enters a hazardous zone, it allows the area to be locked out.
Davidson said that this particular award can have some far reaching consequences.
“The inclusion of the Safety Innovation Award will allow the entire industry to learn from the winning company’s innovation,” he said.
The two finalists in this category were Winvan Paving Ltd. for the Jack-hammer Water Attachment and Mainroad Contracting for the Cone Zone Go-Cart Ride
The fifth award handed out was for the Contractor of the Year for Highway Maintenance.
It went to Capilano Highway Services for Service Area 05 on the Sunshine Coast.
The company obtained the services of a weather forecasting company to provide detailed local forecasts, which provided a significant advantage in dealing with severe weather situations.
Capilano also created an app to enable them to identify issues to assist in the development of effective work schedules.
They installed GPS tracking systems into their equipment providing an opportunity to ensure maintenance is carried out on all routes.
Look below for photos and a full list of winners and finalists.
Company: ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc
Project: Hwy 16 Driscoll Creel to Slim Creek & Blackman Road to Red Pass
Company:Windley Contracting (2010) Ltd.
Project:Okanagan Hwy 97 Winfield to Oyama – Four Laning
Bridges and structures
Company:Kiewit - Flatiron General Partnership
Project:The Port Mann Highway 1 Improvement Projects – East Segment
Company:Capilano Highway Services
Project:Service Area 05 (Sunshine Coast)
Company:World Tech Solutions, aka Hoban Equipment Ltd.
Project:Automated Process Control System for Aggregate Plants
Company:Winvan Paving Ltd.
Project:Jack-hammer Water Attachment
Company:Mainroad Contracting, Lower Mainland
Project:Cone Zone Go-Cart Ride