Premier Infrastructure Firm Announces Finalists for North American Recognition

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Winners to be announced during awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

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Project of the Year awards recognize the upcoming groundbreaking infrastructure initiatives of the year and the creativity and ingenuity of those leaders who make them happen.

The nation’s premier strategic infrastructure firm, CG/LA Infrastructure, today announced the finalists for its coveted Project of the Year award.

“Project of the Year awards recognize the upcoming groundbreaking infrastructure initiatives of the year and the creativity and ingenuity of those leaders who make them happen,” said CG/LA Infrastructure President and CEO Norman F. Anderson. “These leaders stand out among their peers for spearheading billion-dollar investments for the future, and our awards ceremony shines a bright spotlight on their successful efforts.”

The winners will be announced at the upcoming 5th Annual Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event runs from Oct. 29 to 31, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Confirmed featured public elected officials include U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment; U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; and U.S. Rep. Bob Delaney of Maryland, a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Joint Economic Committee.

Also participating will be U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General Thomas Bostick and AES Corp. President and CEO Andres Gluski, who was also recently appointed to the President’s Export Council.

Project of the Year finalists are among the top 100 projects in North America, valued at $435 billion. The Leadership Forum is designed to double the level of infrastructure investment in North America, and dramatically improve the quality and productivity of that investment.

Project of the Year awards are given in five categories covering strategy, financing, engineering, job creation and environmental impact. All projects are planned to begin within as soon as three months.

“These endeavors demonstrate the imagination and technical skills of their developers, which inspires people with exciting new ideas and paradigms for future infrastructure project development,” Anderson continued. “They are the innovative projects that will shape North American competitiveness for the next 10 to 20 years. We want to both recognize the projects themselves and the great unsung heroes of our economic life who are leading them.”

Categories & Finalists

Strategic Project of the Year – That project which will generate a quantum leap in a country or region's productivity and/or competitiveness. The project is a game-changer, in the sense of dramatically improving the global competitiveness of the country or region in which the project is located.

  •     East Side Access – New York MTA ($8.2 Billion)
  •     Los Ramones, Phase 2 – PEMEX ($3.3 Billion)
  •     Alaska South Central LNG – TransCanada, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips ($65 Billion)
  •     Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal – LIGTT ($1.5 Billion)

Finance Project of the Year – That project which establishes and/or most extends an innovative finance model, moving us closer to more, better and faster infrastructure investment. This is absolutely critical, given the pent-up demand for infrastructure finance in North America, and the creative solutions that both Canada and certain U.S. states - specifically including Colorado - are developing.

  •     Maher Melford Terminal – Maher Terminals ($300 Million)
  •     Purple Line – Maryland Transit Administration ($2.2 Billion)
  •     Cotton Line – Odebrecht USA ($1 Billion)
  •     Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal – LIGTT ($1.5 Billion)

Engineering Project of the Year – That project which extends or demonstrates the region's technical engineering capacity, especially including design and creative problem solving. This includes designs that are either path-breaking in terms of basic engineering, or in terms of value for money, or some combination of the two.

  •     High Desert Corridor – LA Metro ($6 Billion)
  •     Eglinton Crosstown LRT – Metrolinx ($4.9 Billion)
  •     Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor – LA Metro ($3 to $30 Billion depending upon design)
  •     New Bridge for the St. Lawrence – Transport Canada ($5 Billion)

Job/Opportunity Creation Project of the Year – That project which will create the greatest number of jobs and/or businesses over the lifetime of the project. This needs to be well documented, and specifically tabulates direct, indirect and induced job creation over the 20 to 30 year life of the project. It is particularly important to judge these projects in terms of long-term business impact.

  •     Rapid Bridge Replacement Program – Penn DOT (TBD)
  •     Detroit River International Crossing – Transport Canada ($2 Billion)
  •     Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor – LA Metro ($3 to $30 Billion depending upon design)

New/Green Project – That project which makes the greatest difference in the region's green agenda, from solar, wind and geothermal to energy efficiency and technology applications, and including clean natural gas. These are projects that significantly reduce a region’s carbon footprint.

  •     Grain Belt Line Express Clean Line – Clean Line Energy ($2 Billion)
  •     Southern California Reliability Project – SDG&E (TBD)
  •     Tarrant County Water Projects – Tarrant County Water District ($2.1 Billion)
  •     Rialto Water Services Infrastructure Improvement Plan (TBD)

Autodesk – the world leader in project visualization – is sponsoring the Strategic Infrastructure Project of the Year awards.

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