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I Build America Declares Winners of 2016 Construction Impact Awards

Build America, a movement dedicated to showcasing the importance of construction in everyday life, announced the winners of the 2016 Construction Impact Awards.

Grand Prize went to The Middlesex Corporation for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement project located in Worcester, Mass. They were awarded a prize package valued at $60,000, which included a premium video shoot with the I Build America team, a featured website page, and 50 I Build America t-shirts for their employees.

Three other projects were selected as Finalists and they were awarded a prize package valued at $50,000, which included a basic video shoot, a featured webpage, and 24 I Build America shirts for their company. Those finalists were:

Defense Fuel Storage Facility
Company: Nova Group, Inc./Underground Construction Co
Industry: Oil and Gas
Location: San Diego, Calif.

Port of Miami
Company: Nicholson Construction Company
Industry: Transportation
Location: Miami, Fla.

US 17-92 Interchange at SR 436 Design-Build
Company: The Lane Construction Corporation/DRMP, Inc. Design-Build Team
Industry: Transportation
Location: Orlando, Fla.

Semi-finalist included:

  • Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Formula One Race Track (Austin, Texas), Austin Industries
  • DENA 149064 – Rehabilitate Denali National Park Headquarters Utility Infrastructure – Utilidor (Denali National Park, Alaska), GMC Contracting
  • Galveston Main WWTP Reconstruction Project (Galveston, Texas), Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.
  • Houweling’s Tomato Greenhouse (Mona, Utah), Sunroc
  • International Terminal Roadway Complex (Atlanta, Ga.), C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc.
  • Miami Beach Pump Stations; Winning the Race on the Rising Sea (Miami Beach, Fla.), Bergeron Land Development, Inc.
  • Mountain Home Air Force Base Repair Runway 12-30 and Taxiway “A” (Mountain Home, Idaho), Southwest Concrete Paving
  • Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project – East Segment (Portland, Ore.) Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
  • Runway 8L/26R Removal and Replacement (Atlanta, Ga.), C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc.
  • Stanislaus Power Tunnel Fish Screen Project (Calaveras County, Calif.), Syblon Reid
  • Sutton Brook Disposal Facility (Tewksbury, Mass.), Charter Contracting Company, LLC
  • Wanapum Dam (Beverly, Wash.), Nicholson Construction Company

To see the complete list of the 147 projects submitted by construction companies, visit Projects could be of any size or category as long as they were completed during the past five years.

Judging began with an online popular vote, where more than 125,000 votes were received. The top 16 were named semi-finalists and were sent to a panel of judges that included executives in the construction industry.


The Construction Impact Awards are part of the I Build America movement, which is dedicated to showcasing the importance of construction to modern life, creating pride in the industry, and enabling the general public to recognize that value.

I Build America was started by Mike Rydin, the founder and CEO of HCSS, a construction software company.

“Our construction customers do amazing and challenging work – often under tough conditions that most of us don’t want to do – so that we can have water and power in our homes, a house to live in, highways that allow us to travel,” Rydin said. “These are things we all can take for granted but wouldn’t exist without the construction industry.”

“It’s like the story of the bricklayer,” Rydin added. “When asked what he’s doing, one may answer, ‘I’m making a living;’ one may answer, ‘I’m laying brick;’ and one may answer, ‘I’m building a home.’ We want the industry to realize they are doing much more than pouring concrete, laying brick, or operating a crane, but creating tremendous value in American life.”

To help showcase the value and tell the stories of construction, I Build America is encouraging interaction among construction companies and people in industry through all types of mediums including social media.

For more information on the Construction Impact Awards, I Build America, and how companies and individuals can get involved in the I Build America movement, visit, and follow I Build America on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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