LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Three Clark projects were recognized with Build America awards at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Annual Convention in Las Vegas:
- Chase Center – Best New Building or Renovation Project Over $126M
- CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction – Best Design-Build Civil Project
- Long Beach Civic Center – Best Design-Build Building Project
Perched along the San Francisco Bay, the Chase Center features an iconic 18,000-seat arena and two 11-story office buildings that will serve as Uber’s new headquarters. The arena is home court to six-time NBA champions Golden State Warriors. Chase Center’s 11-acre site also includes over 20 retail locations, 3.2 acres of public plazas, a 925-space subterranean parking structure, and an iconic gatehouse. The project was delivered by Mortenson|Clark, a joint venture between Clark and Mortenson Construction. The project was recognized for unprecedented collaboration and innovation, meticulous planning and execution, world-class engineering, on-time delivery, superior craftsmanship, and an impeccable safety record that is six times below the industry average.
A progressive-design-build project that spanned 11 city blocks in Washington, DC, the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction project replaced the more-than-a-century-old Virginia Avenue Tunnel with two tunnels that can accommodate double-stack intermodal trains. The project was recognized for utilizing a Progressive Design-Build delivery, detailed planning that included obtaining over 300 permits necessary for the project’s success, a drive for client service that included delivering the project successfully, on time, and under budget, unconventional approaches to unforeseen obstacles, and a deep commitment to the surrounding community.
The Long Beach Civic Center, a multi-faceted development in the heart of downtown Long Beach, CA, encompasses a new city hall and civic chambers, a headquarters for the Port of Long Beach, and a public library. The project replaced maintenance-plagued, seismically-unsafe structures with new civic buildings that play a vital role in the City’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area, without added cost to taxpayers. The state-of-the-art Civic Center development was delivered under a public-private partnership, utilizing a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) contract. The project was recognized for reimagining downtown Long Beach, being the largest municipal public-private partnership (P3) in the nation and North America’s first municipal DBFOM, strong collaboration between stakeholders, and an outstanding safety record.
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. A panel of judges representing a cross-section of the construction industry evaluated all nominated projects for state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, safety record, client service, community relations, environmental sensitivity, and partnering excellence.