FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seattle, WA — The I-5 Willamette River Bridge project—the largest bridge project ever undertaken by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)—and built by CM/GC contractor Hamilton Construction Co. — received construction’s top honors today from ENR – the Engineering News Record. The project, earlier named as the Best Project in the Transportation category, was selected as the Best Project over all in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon). The project also won top honors in the Safety category. Accepting the award in Seattle for Hamilton were Project Manager Jeff Firth and Construction Manager Con O’Connor. The project was ODOT’s first to use the CM/GC (Construction Manager/General Contractor) contracting method and was delivered four months early and $15 million under budget.
Said Firth, “This project was special in every way: It was beautifully engineered, skillfully constructed, environmentally forward, and sensitive to the heritage and rich culture of the Pacific Northwest. From the start, this project had a special feeling about it. I think all of us who worked on this team will look back on this project as one of our favorite. We would like to thank the Oregon Department of Transportation, OBEC Engineering, the community and the skilled subcontractors and workers who worked with us to create this legacy.
Added O’Connor, “I also want to thank everyone on the team for their commitment to making this a safe project. Hamilton employees had only one injury during the five years of the project and we’re proud of that accomplishment. A safety record like that takes the ownership from everyone on the job. A big thank you to ENR for recognizing the team’s commitment to safety.”
Now – the I-5 Willamette River Bridge project moves on to ENR’s competition for the “Best of the Best” Projects in the nation.