Hayward Baker Wins AGC St. Louis Keystone Award

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Hayward Baker is the recipient of the Keystone Award for their work on the Locks 27 Lower Sill Project located on the Mississippi River.

Hayward Baker Inc. (HB) is the recipient of the Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of America St. Louis. The award was presented to Hayward Baker in the Specialty Contractor/Subcontractor Project $100,000 to $1 million category for the company’s tie-down anchor work on the Locks 27 Lower Sill Project, located on the Mississippi River near Granite City, Ill.

The award was presented to business development manager Jeffrey R. Hill, PE and project manager, Marvin G. Iffert of Hayward Baker’s St. Louis area office, and Jay Fowler of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District (the project owner), at AGC’s 2011 Construction Awards Gala held on November 3, 2011 in downtown St. Louis.

The Keystone Award is given to honor the achievements of St. Louis construction firms and their employees in building the facilities that support and enhance the quality of life in Greater St. Louis. A Keystone Award recipient exhibits excellence in providing solutions to unique obstacles and challenges specific to their project. The judges selected winners based on the challenges faced; how the job excelled in safety, project communications, workforce and contractor diversity plus the quality of the construction process; and schedule and budget.

The Locks 27 project included de-tensioning 44 existing rock anchors and installing 46 new rock anchors in the lower cross over sills in the main and auxiliary lock. The anchors were drilled 42 feet into the limestone directly below the 5-foot-thick concrete sill floor and had a design load of 190 kips each.

Access and the work platform were very limited. The sills from which the crew worked were approximately 80 feet below the top of the lock and 6 feet wide by 8 feet tall and 110 feet long. Material and equipment were dropped via crane through a 5-foot by 7-foot opening to a lower level 15 feet below the lock surface, then transported laterally through a 150-foot-long narrow hallway, reattached to the crane and finally lowered down the remaining 65 feet through a 2-foot by 3-foot access shaft. The drill was disassembled and reassembled into four pieces four different times.

Commenting on the award Jeffrey Hill said, “Being a Keystone Award Recipient is one of the highest local honors because the Keystone Award is selected through a panel of our peers in the St. Louis Construction industry. Keystone Awards recognize the Project Team for safely completing challenging and difficult construction projects.”

This is the third year in a row that Hayward Baker has won a Keystone Award.

HB also received runner-up recognition in the “Specialty Contractor/Subcontractor Project $1 million to $5 million” category for the company’s work on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hospital in Fayetteville, AR, entailing the design and construction of underpinning and earth retention for existing and proposed structures in a karstic environment. Hill, along with project manager Maren Fjord, accepted the award.

About the Associated General Contractors of America

Established in 1918 and located in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, the Associated General Contractors of America is the leading association for the construction industry. A full-service trade association with a nationwide network of exceptional chapters, AGC represents more than 33,000 leading firms in the industry. Its membership roster includes general contractors, specialty contractors and service providers and suppliers. The association provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.

About Hayward Baker Inc.

Hayward Baker (HB) is North America’s largest geotechnical contractor. Ranked by ENR magazine as the #1 Foundation Contractor in the United States, Hayward Baker is the industry leader in applying ground modification technologies to site improvement and remedial work, with a 60-year record of experience. A wide range of technologies is employed in providing foundation support and rehabilitation services as well as settlement control, structural support, site improvement, soil and slope stabilization, underpinning, excavation shoring, earth retention, seismic stabilization, and ground water control. HB is capable of offering full design-build services for virtually any geotechnical construction application.

HB’s services are provided through a network of more than 20 company-owned offices and equipment yards across the continent. Web site address: http://www.HaywardBaker.com

HB is part of the Keller Group of companies, a multinational organization providing geotechnical construction services throughout the world. Web site address: http://www.Keller.co.uk.


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