Flatiron, one of the largest infrastructure contractors in North America, won five 2015 Excellence in Partnering Awards from the California Department of Transportation, including two gold awards, one silver award and two bronze awards.
The Caltrans Excellence in Partnering Awards program recognizes teams who use partnering best practices to facilitate successful projects. In total, 14 projects were recognized this year that demonstrate the benefits of partnering to Caltrans, its partners and the public. The awards will be presented April 16 in Sacramento, Calif.
The Arboleda Freeway Project in Merced, a joint venture of Teichert and Flatiron, earned a gold partnering award in the projects greater than $50 million category. The $66 million project included construction of a new alignment of northbound and southbound California Highway 99, including drainage and electrical improvements. The project also included construction of 13 cast-in-place concrete bridges, one pre-stressed box girder bridge, and 12 flat slab bridges.
The Route 110 Auxiliary project in Los Angeles earned a gold partnering award in the projects between $10 and $50 million category. This $25.5 million project added an additional lane in each direction on the 110 Freeway, and an additional lane on the South 110 to West 10 Connector Bridge. The project also included widening three additional bridges in both directions, building retaining walls and sound walls, adding auxiliary lanes and replacing a bridge structure.
The 15/76 project in Fallbrook earned a silver partnering award in the projects between $10 and $50 million category. This $23.3 million project widened the Highway 76 Bridge over Interstate 15 and expanded the Highway 76/I-15 Separation. This included new on and off ramps, 200,000 cubic yards of excavation and embankment, and a new lane on north-bound I-15. Flatiron worked around the clock and used some innovative staging to complete the project ahead of schedule.
The Bridge Approach Slab project in San Diego earned a bronze partnering award in the projects between $10 and $50 million category. The $13.5 million project replaces Interstate 520 bridge approach slabs with joint seal and concrete barrier end treatments on 56 bridges. Work took place on 6 different freeways in locations across San Diego County. Almost exclusively night work, the work was performed adjacent to live traffic under nightly lane closures.
The Interstate 880 Median Upgrade project in Oakland earned a bronze partnering award in the projects under $10 million category. The $3.1 million project replaced a 3,200 linear feet of existing median with a concrete barrier atop an at-grade deck spanning the northbound and southbound I-880 bridges running downtown Oakland.
Flatiron, with a construction volume of more than $1 billion, is a leading provider of transportation and infrastructure construction in North America. Flatiron develops innovative solutions to construct roads, bridges, tunnels, and rail transit and water/wastewater treatment plants, for both public and private clients. Flatiron also operates as a contractor in design-build and public-private partnership projects.