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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.

2015 Recipient:

Fulton Center

MTA Capital Construction

General Contractor
Plaza–Schiavone Joint Venture, Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., Judlau Contracting Inc., and WDF Inc.

Ove Arup & Partners, Consulting Engineers PC

Parsons Brinckerhoff / Lend Lease Joint Venture

Situated in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Fulton Center is a cutting edge union of art, architecture and engineering. The station complex opened in November 2014, built to handle more than 300,000 passengers per day and link 11 subway lines.

The $1.4 billion project breaks new ground in sustainable modern architecture, integrates subway lines that were originally built to compete with one another, and incorporates a fragile historic building in its operation. Its centerpiece is an 8-story-high oculus with a sky reflector composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components.

Building the Fulton Center from February 2005 to October 2014 set the bar for working harmoniously in an intense urban environment. Four buildings had to be deconstructed, two more created and a pedestrian underpass dug in the oldest and most congested section of the city without curtailing service on nine subway lines. Heavy equipment had to be moved into a neighborhood where traffic was already backed up by the ongoing reconstruction of the World Trade Center one block to the west. The Fulton Center project also competed with adjacent office tower restoration and high-rise dormitory construction as well as numerous city agencies’ work within the area.

Innovative and complex techniques were required to incorporate the adjacent Corbin Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The 125-year-old structure had to be reinforced, two passenger elevators were installed, and a sweeping mid-block subway entrance was created featuring copper and marble elements.

The Corbin Building’s lot was so tight – as little as 20 feet wide – that it precluded the use of mechanical excavators. The pits for the new foundation work were dug by hand with picks, shovels and buckets. The Corbin Building was outfitted with motion sensors and other monitors to ensure that it did not move beyond predetermined limits. A 9-story interstitial structure was built as part of the Fulton Center to shore up the Corbin Building and create the second egress required by modern building code. The building’s historic architecture was preserved and its ornate terra cotta façade restored and gently waterproofed by hand to last another 100 years.

Environmental protection was a priority on this project. Ultra-low sulfur fuel was used for delivery vehicles and on-site equipment to contain air pollution in the area. Noise was monitored by the contractor and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. An incremental sequence of underpinning stations was used during train platform rehabilitation along with careful monitoring of vibration and subway track movement, to ensure public safety.

Past Recipients:

2014 Alexander Hamilton Bridge
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation
Contractor: CCA Civil-Halmar International, JV
Designer: Jacobs
Resident Engineer: Ammann & Whitney
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