Haydon's Historic Gila River Bridge Rehabilitation Projects Earns National Award


Haydon Building Corp. won the Associated General Contractors of America’s Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for its Historic Gila River Bridge Rehabilitation project.

It was named one of the most successful construction partnerships of 2012. Phoenix-based Haydon was one of just two firms to receive the association’s Excellence in Partnering Award.

“Knowledge, skills and experience are vital to any successful construction project, but without a strong foundation of teamwork the project will crumble,” said Joseph H. Jarboe, the association’s president and senior vice president of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group. “These projects demonstrate the type of effective collaboration that is critical to building great things.”

The Historic Old US80 Gila River Bridge was built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge spans the Gillespie Dam, between Arlington and Gila Bend, and required replacement and renovation.

The Haydon team addressed bridge deficiencies and corroded anchorages, and replaced roller bearings locked in place by corrosion, all while protecting and preserving cliff swallow nests located beneath the bridge.

The partnering process allowed the project team to deliver the project in only 90 days, which required accelerated materials delivery, traffic control restrictions and construction sequencing. This project was completed under budget, and successfully maintained the historic look of the bridge.

The Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award recognizes unique and successful partnerships needed to complete complex construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated a number of outstanding projects, assessing contractors’ ability to resolve conflicts, the quality of communications with all involved parties and the ability to get many groups to achieve one goal, among other key criteria.

The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif., are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.