SAN ANTONIO, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LPCiminelli, Buffalo's largest contractor, received a national award last month from the Associated General Contractors of America for its construction of the Maid of the Mist Winter Storage and Maintenance Facility in Niagara Falls, NY.
Considered the construction industry's "Oscars," the Alliant Build America awards honor AGC members who build the nation's most impressive construction projects. LPCiminelli representatives Frank Ciminelli II and Bill Mahoney traveled to San Antonio for the AGC's annual conference to accept the 2016 Alliant Build America Award in the Federal & Heavy New category.
Winners are chosen by a professional panel of peer contractors. Criteria include excellence in project management, contribution to the community, rising in the challenge of a difficult job and sensitive treatment of the environment and surroundings, to name a few. In the end, recipients demonstrate the very best when it comes to building a better America and improving our quality of life, according to the AGC.
"I could not be prouder of the continued recognition the Maid of the Mist project has received and to the countless participants who worked tirelessly to see this project come to fruition," said Frank Ciminelli II, Senior Executive Vice President. "This is a perfect example of what our company is capable of when we are brought in early to collaborate with the owner in order to engineer solutions to complex projects."
The Maid project was one of 23 nationwide recognized for construction excellence. This unusual project, at the former Schoellkopf Power Station site, made it a suitable location for the storage and maintenance of Maid tour boats, which became necessary when its previous Canadian dry docks were no longer accessible.
"This was an enormous project requiring a tight deadline and the work was superb," said Christoper Glynn, Maid of the Mist president. "In selecting Ciminelli, we knew we were choosing a Western New York construction management company that could pull this off. This nationally recognized work was on time, on budget and Maid didn't miss a beat."
With its location near the iconic Niagara Falls and 200 feet down a rock wall, the team had to develop innovative ways to transport people, tools and equipment safely to the jobsite, given the difficult location and amount of material needed to be cleared. The team removed 22,680 tons of limestone/debris to create a suitable site. This is the third award for the MOTM project previously being recognized with a Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award and an Engineering News Record New York's 2015 Best Projects Award for specialty projects.
"The contractors working on these projects stood out among their peers by demonstrating the finest traits of our industry: skill, dedication, and ingenuity," said Charles Greco, the association's president. "These are the kind of projects that inspire other contractors to push even harder as they work to improve our built environment."
Other winners included the expansion of the Alaska's Blue Lake expansion; Corning Museum of Glass; expansion of Love Field in Dallas, TX; Kings Theater in Brooklyn; Cincinnati's Children's Hospital clinical sciences pavilion; the Anaheim [CA] Regional Transportation Intermodal Center; and expansion of Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.
MORE ABOUT LPCIMINELLI
Since 1961, LPCiminelli has been achieving award winning results for institutional and commercial clients across numerous market sectors. Throughout their history, they have been highly regarded by clients and industry partners alike for their integrity and ingenuity. While starting as a general contracting firm, today they also offer expertise in construction management, design-build, and program management. They have grown to become a top echelon national construction group with offices in Buffalo and New York City.
MORE ABOUT MAID OF THE MIST STORAGE FACILITY
With Parsons Brinckerhoff as lead architect, the new winter storage facility includes a lower boat storage area and an upper maintenance area for boats near iconic Niagara Falls. To create a suitable site for these facilities, LPCiminelli removed 22,680 tons of limestone and debris. Given the difficult location, the team had to develop innovative ways to transport people, tools and equipment safely to the jobsite. A temporary crane lifted material and equipment 200 feet into the lower gorge. In addition, the LPCiminelli team constructed a new 200 feet deep elevator within an existing elevator shaft. In order to stay on schedule, it was mandatory that work continue through harsh winter conditions. Pneumatically powered hand tools used for tunneling were rotated from a heated storage structure to keep them functional. To overcome grout from freezing, electrical heat trace was installed in the horizontal casings constructed during the elevator shaft tunneling. The new site now complies with the American Disability Act guidelines, making Niagara Falls accessible to a larger audience.
MORE ABOUT AGC AWARDS
The Alliant Build America awards honor AGC members who build the nation's most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. Alliant Build America winners excel in the areas of: state-of-the-art advancement; project management innovation in construction techniques; materials safety record; client service; community relations; environmental sensitivity. In the words of AGC's Past President, J. Doug Pruitt, these projects, with their vision, scope and grandeur literally dare to challenge, dare to change. Chosen by the contractors, recipients of the Build America Awards have demonstrated the very best when it comes to building a better America and improving our quality of life.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lpciminelli-wins-national-award-for-maid-of-the-mist-project-300241971.html