On March 8, 2017, the Pulice-Wadsworth Brothers Joint Venture was recognized at the AGC’s 98th Annual Convention as a Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award winner for the I-15, Virgin River Gorge Bridge #6 Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) project. The team, including ADOT and project designer Jacobs Engineering, received the award at the Convention’s Alliant Build America Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas, NV.

The Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award recognizes projects that best epitomize the principles of partnering through unique and successful partnerships.  A panel of judges rated the applicants based on how well the project achieved a common goal, honored stakeholders, resolved conflict, improved communication, and incorporated team-building activities. Just 23 Alliant Build America Awards, considered the construction industry’s “Oscars,” were given at the ceremony, and the I-15 Virgin River Gorge Bridge #6 CMAR was one of only two projects recognized in the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence category.

Funded by a  TIGER Grant from FHWA, the I-15 Virgin River Gorge Bridge #6 CMAR project reconstructed the 4-span steel bridge superstructure with added columns, widened the approach lanes and shoulders; scaled rock slopes for loose debris; and installed rockfall containment fences while preserving the character and natural resources of the Virgin River Gorge. The design, environmental clearance, and construction were all completed in this scenic corridor under full CANAMEX traffic (24,000 vehicles per day) in less than three years. The Pulice-led JV closely coordinated with three state DOTs and numerous Federal agencies to minimize traffic and environmental impacts, while reconstrusting the bridge within the tight conditions of the Gorge. Utilizing the partnering process helped the team identify construction needs early in the process; exceeding the goals of stakeholders by solving environmental challenges and giving back to the community.

Loren Polson (ADOT), Erik Wolf (Wadsworth Brothers), Steve Campbell (Pulice), Bonnie Opie (ADOT), Patrick McCarron (ADOT), Johnnie Mata (Pulice), Adam Carreon (ADOT), Steve Monroe (ADOT), and Chris Rogers (Pulice) accepted the award on behalf of the team.

For additional project information, visit https://www.pulice.com/portfolio/interstate-15-virgin-river-gorge-bridge-6-rehabilitation-cmar/.