At the 2016 North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Annual Meeting in late February and early March, IMPACT Co-Chairs Eric Dean, general president of the Iron Workers, and Bill Brown, chairman of Ben Hur Construction Co., awarded the IMPACT Project of the Year awards to the top five projects completed in 2015.
The awards are an expansion on the first-ever Project of the Year award presented last year, and now cover five different areas of the ironworking industry: Bridge/Structural; Architectural/Ornamental; Fabrication; Industrial/Rigging/Machinery Moving; and Reinforcing.
The Iron Workers and IMPACT are very proud of the fine work displayed in all of the submissions. It was certainly not an easy task to select the winner of each category, and the panel of independent judges deliberated for many hours before making their decisions.
The deciding panel consisted of Ted Sheppard, vice president of The DuRoss Group; Eric Waterman, former CEO of IMPACT, and Tad Kicielinski, retired general vice president of the Iron Workers and a former regional director of IMPACT.
Taking home the top prizes this year were:
· Koch Skanska, Inc. and Iron Workers Local 40 (New York) for their work on the World Trade Center Oculus Project in the Bridge/Structural category
· Enclos Corporation and Iron Workers Local 5 (Washington) for their work on the National Museum of African American History in the Architectural/Ornamental category
· West Wind Reinforcing and Iron Workers Locals 846 and 847 for their work on the Dupont Ileminte Silos in the Reinforcing category
· National Steel City, LLC. and Iron Workers Local 92 (Birmingham, Ala.) for their work on the Gorgas Civil Prime Contract/Pants Leg Project in the Industrial/Rigging/Machinery Moving category
· Waiward Capital LTD. and Iron Workers Locals 720 (Edmonton, Alberta), 725 (Calgary, Alberta) and 805 (Calgary, Alberta) for their work on the NWR Sturgeon Refinery in the Fabrication category
“Across the board, we saw a serious focus on safety,” said Iron Workers General President Eric Dean. “These projects and project leaders made safety the first and last point of concentration each and every day.”