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Advanced American Construction won the Grand Award for Construction Excellence for replacing a BNSF Railway bridge in the Columbia Gorge. The replacement structure was built off-site and barged up the Columbia River.

AGC honors top people, projects and programs

In an hour-long virtual program on May 20, AGC of Washington’s annual Build Washington Awards event again recognized the chapter’s top individual and company performances across 32 categories in construction and safety excellence, innovation, community service and diversity over the past year. The 2021 awards program was sponsored by Moss Adams.

May 21, 2021

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This year’s Grand Award for Construction Excellence went to Advanced American Construction for the BNSF Railway Bridge 66.4 reconstruction project, while the Grand Award for Safety Excellence was presented to Swinerton.

Archie Kollmorgen of Guy F. Atkinson Construction was named Project Manager of the Year; Travis Porto of Swinerton was named the Superintendent of the Year; and Kirk Baisch of UMC was named Safety Professional of Year.

“Congratulations to the 2021 Build Washington Award recipients — amazing work by all,” said AGC 2021 President Curt Gimmestad of Absher Construction. “This has been a year to remember — in many ways, a year to forget — as we lived and continue to manage through the COVID pandemic. Our AGC of Washington membership family showed that the construction industry and industry partners never stop striving for excellence. We have shown our spirit, diligence and tenacity over the last year. When faced with adversity, we can pivot, innovate and put plans in place to successfully and safely deliver the projects we have been entrusted to build with quality, on schedule and within budget. The projects and individuals submitted, and receiving awards, are all a testament to our commitment to making a positive difference in the communities in which we live, work and play.”

Construction Excellence judges this year included Joseph Gildner, Sound Transit; John Schaufelberger, University of Washington; Anne Timmermans, Parametrix; Derek Case, Washington State Department of Transportation; and Scott Erickson, DCI Engineers.

Safety Excellence judges included Sathy Rajendran, Central Washington University; Carl Heinlein, American Contractors Insurance Group; Dennis Barlow, AGC-Oregon; and Jeff Killip, Department of Labor & Industries.

Advanced American Construction


Excellence in Innovation
DPR Construction

AGC/Moss Adams Community Service Award
Sellen Construction

Champion of Diversity Award
Ahora Construction

DBE Business of the Year
Ahora Construction

Private Building ($2M-$5M)
Phoenix Rising at Valley Cities
Charter Construction

Private Building ($5M-$20M)
Edmonds Waterfront Center
W.G. Clark Construction Co.

Private Building ($20M- $50M)
Pacific Place/Seattle
Bayley Construction

Private Building ($50M-$100M)
Center Steps
Exxel Pacific

Private Building (over $100M)
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Absher Construction Co.

Public Building ($5M-$20M)
University of Washington Parrington Hall
Absher Construction Co.

Public Building ($20M-$50M)
Boze Elementary School replacement
Korsmo Construction

Public Building ($50M-$100M)
Glacier Middle School
Bayley Construction

Public Building (over $100M)
Hans Rosling Center
Lease Crutcher Lewis

Public/Private Tenant Improvement (under $5M)
CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical CTR
Aldrich + Associates

Public/Private Tenant Improvement (over $5M)
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Abbott Construction

Heavy/Industrial (under $5M)
Stillaguamish Weir permanent fishway
Northbank Civil and Marine

Heavy/Industrial ($5M-$20M)
Lower Granite Dam spillway PIT tag
Northbank Civil and Marine

Heavy/Industrial (over $20M)
E330 Downtown Tunnel
Guy F. Atkinson Construction

Highway/Transportation (under $5M)
Case Road fish barrier removal
Granite Construction

Highway/Transportation ($5M-$15M)
College Way (SR 538) widening
Granite Construction

Highway/Transportation ($15M-$50M)
BNSF Railway Bridge 66.4
Advanced American Construction

Construction Manager (under 100,000 worker hours)
Centennial Contractors

Construction Manager (over 400,000 hours)
Exxel Pacific

Specialty Contractor (under 1 million hours)

Specialty Contractor (over 1 million hours)
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

General Contractor — Highway/Civil (under 500,000 hours)
Guy F. Atkinson Construction

General Contractor — Highway/Civil (over 500,000 hours)
Granite Construction

General Contractor — Building (under 100,000 hours)
Washington Patriot Construction

General Contractor — Building (100,000-200,000 hours)
DPR Construction

General Contractor — Building (200,000-500,000 hours)

General Contractor — Building (over 500,000 hours)

Project Manager of the Year
Archie Kollmorgen, Guy F. Atkinson Construction

Superintendent of the Year
Travis Porto, Swinerton

Safety Professional of the Year
Kirk Baisch, UMC

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