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Construction Achievement Project of the Year Award Print E-mail

This award is presented, in recognition of excellence and unique application of civil engineering principles, for a major construction project completed within the past year within the New York metropolitan area. The Construction Achievement Award was instituted by the Metropolitan Section in 1966. Entities eligible for the award include: the designer, the resident  engineer, the contractor and the owner responsible for the project.

2014 Recipient:

Alexander Hamilton Bridge

New York State Department of Transportation

CCA Civil-Halmar International, JV


Resident Engineer
Ammann & Whitney

In January 2009 New York State Department of Transportation opened bids for the "Rehabilitation of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and Highbridge Interchange Ramps". CCA Civil/Halmar International, LLC was the low bidder with a bid amount of $407,148,839.56. The second bidder was Tutor-Perini at $432,245,929.76. The third bidder was Defoe/Schivone at $451,708,492.86. This Contract is a Unit Price Agreement.

The project includes the removal and replacement of concrete bridge decks and barriers, the removal/replacement/addition of structural steel members, the replacement of bridge bearings, the blast cleaning and painting of all existing steel and concrete replacement/addition of substructure elements on nine bridges within the contract limits.

Bridge 1 - Alexander Hamilton Bridge - Interstate 95 Cross Bronx Expressway; Originally constructed by American Bridge in 1960, a 6 lane (100 foot wide), 1,500 feet long, 10 span structure approximately 90 feet high carrying 300,000 vehicles per day over the Harlem River. This structure consists of a 500 foot arch span over the river and 1,000 feet of approach spans on either side of the Harlem River. Typical approach spans consist of 4 main girders, transverse floorbeams spaced approximately 25 feet, and stringers spaced approximately 6 feet. Concrete deck sections are typically 10 inches deep. The arch span is composed of 4 main arch ribs with spandrel columns spaced approximately 30 feet and spandrel girders above the columns with floorbeams and stringers similar to the approach span layout.

Bridge 2 - Ramp TE - Local traffic connector bridge between the Trans-Manhattan Expressway and West 181st Street. Originally constructed in the 1960s the bridge was a curved 600 foot hollow concrete box beam 10 span structure approximately 75 feet high, founded on single column spread footing substructure.

Bridges 3, 5, 6 and 7 - Highbridge Ramps - Carrying traffic to and from the Cross Bronx Expressway from and to the Major Degan Expressway. Four curved bridges varying in length from 600 feet to 200 feet approximately 30 feet wide. Typical construction: two main girders with two retrofitted girders (added approximately 1980) with floorbeams and stringers similar to AHB steel layout and similar concrete decks.

Bridges 4, 8 and 9 - Single span bridges carrying local and ramp traffic over Cross Bronx Expressway and local streets. These structures were composed of rolled beams and concrete decks in the cases of Bridges 4 and 8, and a reinforced concrete double box culvert structure in the case of Bridge 9.

The Contract includes a project duration of 58 months, with three specific milestone/interim completion requirements: completion of parks and Ramp TE within first 24 months, and completion of AHB Stages 4 and 5 in maximum 6 months each stage.

Of particular interest, the project work includes:

  • High Level and High Traffic Temporary Bridges for the reconstruction of Bridges 3, 5, 6 and 7.
  • Temporary supports of the AHB main girders for bearing replacement work
  • Coordination and Survey of existing Steel members for the connection of new Structural members to existing members
  • Use of 2205 Stainless Steel Rebar in AHB deck concrete
  • Construction of AHB in six stages to maintain three lanes of traffic in each direction
  • Reconstruction of nine AHB pier caps: Additional sections to support added main fascia girders, encase existing pier caps with 12 inches of reinforced concrete, including 2205 Stainless Steel rebar under the bearing areas.
  • Bridge Widening - To meet current Federal Highway Standards AHB will be 30 feet wider than the original structure. This is accomplished by the addition of two new fascia girders on widened pier caps at the approach spans. At the arch span widening is accomplished by the replacement of 6' cantilever brackets with 16' cantilever brackets and a 4' deck overhang.
  • Bearing Replacements - AHB (120 bearings) accomplished utilizing temporary support structures (2 at each main girder) removing massive steel rocker bearings with spherical pot bearings.

The project is staffed with 30 supervisory and administration personnel and approximately 160 Union tradespersons. Unions include: Laborers, Operating Engineers, Iron Workers, Carpenters, Rebar Lathers, Masons and Teamsters. Our weekly payroll at peak times has been as much as $750,000.

Past Recipients:

2013 Annadale Road Storm & Sanitary Sewers and Stream Restoration BMP
Owners: New York City Department of Design and Construction, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Contractor: DiFazio Industries, Inc.
Resident Engineer: AECOM USA
2012 Replacement of the Willis Avenue Bridge
Owner: New York City Department of Transportation
Contractor: Kiewit Constructors, Inc. / Weeks Marine, JV
Designer: Hardesty & Hanover, LLP
Resident Engineer: Willis Avenue Bridge Company - A Joint Venture of Parsons and STV Incorporated
2011 Madison Avenue Trenchless Technology
Owner: New York City Department of Design and Construction and New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Contractor: Halcyon Construction Corp.
Designer: New York City Department of Design and Construction
Research & Development: Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Urban Utility Center
Construction Inspection: HAKS
2010 Gowanus Expressway Viaduct Rehabilitation
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: DeFoe Corp.
Designer: Bechtel/Charles H. Sells/URS Tri-Venture
Resident Engineering: HAKS/AECOM, JV
2009 Realignment of Drury Lane and Construction of a New Access Road to Stewart International Airport
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: Lancaster Development, Inc.
Designer: Berger Lehman Associates, P.C.
Resident Engineering: HAKS/AECOM, JV
2008 FDR Drive – East 54th Street to 63rd Street and Outboard Detour Roadway
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: Slattery Skanska/Weeks Marine, JV
Designer: HDR|Daniel Frankfurt
Resident Engineering: Jacobs Edwards and Kelcey/URS, JV
2007 Route 9A Promenade South Project
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: Conti of New York, LLC
Designer: Vollmer Associates
Resident Engineering: DMJM+Harris (prime), The RBA Group, KS Engineering
2006 Reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Broadway to 25th Street
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: Slattery Skanska, Inc.
Designer: URS Corporation/Dewberry
Resident Engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.
2005 LIE/Cross Island Parkway Interchange Improvement Project
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: Perini Corporation
Engineer: Vollmer Associates
2004 Reconstruction of the Bruckner Interchange
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: Defoe Corporation
Construction Management: HAKS Engineers (Prime Consultant), Edwards & Kelcey Engineers, Inc, (Subconsultant)
2003 Reconstruction of Route 9A from 57th Street to Battery Place
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractors: Tully Construction, Perini Corporation, Felix Equities, Grace Industries, and Yonkers Construction
2002 CUNY, Baruch College New Vertical Campus
Owner: Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Contractor: TDX Construction Corp.
2001 Williamsburg Bridge Contract 6, Transit Structure
New York City Department of Transportation
Parsons Transportation Group
Slattery Skanska
2000 63rd Street Tunnel Connector
Slattery Skanska, Inc.
1999 Reconstruction of the Williamsburg Bridge South Roadways
Perini/O&G II (Joint Venture)
1998 Fordham Plaza Bridge
Slattery Skanska, Inc.
1997 New York Hospital Expansion Project
Lehrer McGovern Bovis
1996 Land Based Sludge Management Program, Phase 1 - Sludge Dewatering Facilities
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Hazen & Sawyer P.C./Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation (Joint Venture)
General Contractors Association
1995 New Croton Gatehouse and Temporary Construction Cofferdam
Mergentime Corp./J.F. White Contracting Corp. (Joint Venture)
1994 Reconstruction of the World Trade Center
Karl Koch Erecting Corp.
Slattery Associates Inc.
H. Sand & Co., Inc.
1993 Morton Street Emergency Exit and Ventilation Shaft
Perini Corp.
1992 Empire Railway Connection Project
Delmar Construction Company
1991 Construction of the LIE Collector and Distributor Roads beneath the LIRR, Queens
New York State Department of Transportation
Andrews & Clark
Slattery Associates, Inc.
1990 Rehabilitation of the FDR Drive between 79th & 90th Streets
John P. Picone, Inc.
1989 Archer Avenue Subway
General Contractors Association
1988 Mid-Manhattan Water Tunnel
New York City Board of Water Supply
Martin Hauptman
1987 North River Water Pollution Control Project
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
General Contractors Association
1986 Statue of Liberty Restoration
Lehrer/McGovern, Inc.
1985 Rehabilitation of the FDR Drive - South Street Viaduct
New York State Department of Transportation
New York City Department of Transportation
Blauvelt Engineering Co.
P.R.C. Harris Inc.
Yonkers Contracting Co., Inc.
1984 Trump Tower
Trump Equitable
Fifth Avenue Co.
Swanke Hayden Connell
HRH Construction Co.
1983 Lexington Avenue Station of the 63rd Street Subway Tunnel
Schiavone Contracting Co.
Crimmins Contracting Co.
1982 Beth Israel Medical Center Expansion & Modernization Project
R. Rosenwasser
Schumann, Lichtenstein & Claman
W.J. Barney
1981 Palace Hotel
Irwin G. Cantor
Emery Roth
Dic Underhill
Morse Diesel
Helmsley Spear
1980 Bowery Bay Waste Water Treatment Plant
Horn Construction
1979 Hempstead Resources Recovery Facility
Charles Velzy Assoc.
Parsons & Whittemore
Town of Hempstead
1978 Citicorp Center
HRH Construction Corp.
LeMessurier Associates
Emery Roth & Sons
1977 Archer Avenue Subway
Emanuel Ciminello, Sr.
1976 Roosevelt Island
David I. Ozerkis
1975 North Branch Intercepting Sewer, Contract 3
Terence G. McKusker
1974 Waterside Housing Development
Richard Ravitch
1973 63rd Street Tunnel
Clark Hestmark
1972 Bruckner Interchange
John D. Saunders
1968 Middle Income Housing
Alfonso A. DiMeo
1966 Lincoln Center
Col. William Powers