Friday, December 13, 2013

NRC awards 2013 Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year

A Delta crew performing third rail plinth grinding. Delta permanently affixed a diamond bit grinder to a cart system to ensure a perfect platform for the third rail pedestals. A Delta crew performing third rail plinth grinding. Delta permanently affixed a diamond bit grinder to a cart system to ensure a perfect platform for the third rail pedestals. Delta Railroad Construction, Inc.

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) selected the winners of its 2013 Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year Awards and will present the awards at the NRC Conference in Palm Desert, Calif., on January 8, 2014.

 

Craig Almont of Hamilton Construction has been selected as the Field Employee of the Year. Almont joined Hamilton Construction two years ago from the Central Washington University Construction Management program. NRC says that he consistently exudes enthusiasm while demonstrating a strong work ethic. One year after his hiring, Hamilton Construction sent Almont to a job in Idaho where he not only exceeded the company's project goals and expectations, but he also immersed himself into the community and joined the coaching staff of the struggling local high school football team in need of inspiration. Craig managed to keep the project on time and on budget while turning a losing football program into the 4th best team in the state. A local resident even sent Hamilton Construction a handwritten note praising Craig.

The note stated, "Craig Almont has been so good to donate his hours after work to our local high school football team...the boys loved him and all the things he taught them this Fall."

The Rail Construction Project of the Year award goes to the Delta Railroad Construction Dulles Corridor Project. The Dulles Corridor Project proves that large projects conducted in adverse conditions can be completed on time and on budget when a strong safety culture is embraced, says the NRC. The project required inventive solutions, which Delta delivered through both custom-built equipment and construction practices, as well as special safety considerations for both employees and the public given the urban work environment.

The strong safety record they achieved is commendable, the NRC says, especially in a congested location with difficult access and a tight schedule. Delta's collaboration and coordination with multiple partners and stakeholders, along with their commitment to safety, significantly contributed to the overall success of the project.

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