SouthEast Connector Phase II Project Team Earns Build America Award

Congratulations to the Washoe County SouthEast Connector Phase II project team for earning an Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America 2019 JLT Build America Merit Award in the Highway & Transportation New category. Considered one of the most prestigious construction awards in the nation, the Build America Awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions.

Build America winners excel in the areas of:

  • state-of-the-art advancement
  • project management
  • innovation in construction techniques or materials
  • safety record
  • client service
  • community relations
  • environmental sensitivity
  • partnering excellence

AGC President Eddie Stewart and representatives from JLT presented the award to members of the project team during AGC’s 100th Annual Convention at the JLT Build America Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 2 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Involving more than 50 years of planning, engineering and environmental analysis combined with extensive public involvement, the SouthEast Connector was built to provide a more efficient and safer alternative for commuters who travel between south Reno and east Reno/Sparks in Washoe County, Nevada.

Built in two phases, the project’s second phase began in June 2015 and was completed in July 2018. This phase entailed construction of five bridges: Yori Drain, Boynton Slough, Rosewood Lakes, Mira Loma and Huffaker Narrows; as well as new roadway from Clean Water Way south to the existing Veterans Parkway/South Meadows Parkway intersection.

Facilitated by VCG President Jim Eisenhart, Partnering among the project team and third-party stakeholders helped resolve challenges and meet the team’s goals for the project. Through these partnerships, the project team garnered valuable feedback from the public, local businesses, community organizations, environmental groups and federal, state and local agencies to develop strategies that will bring many long-term benefits to the Truckee Meadows community.

Kudos to the following project team on another successful project together and for earning this prestigious Build America Award:

Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County – Owner

Granite Construction – Contractor

Atkins North America – Construction Manager

CH2M HILL – Engineering Services During Construction / Environmental Inspection Services

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