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Mass Excavation Wins First Excellence Award

Mass Excavation, Inc. won the award for Specialty Contractor for a Job Over $5 Million for our civil work on the SWS Central Landfill Station project.

The Solid Waste Services Jack E. McAllister Central Transfer Station is a $93 million, three year and 26 acre project that included spaces for residential and commercial waste disposal, administration offices, and trash collection fleet operation. The entire project spanned seven buildings and is anchored by a 97,000 square foot tipping facility. The goal of the transfer station was to extend the life of the current landfill into the 2070s and is envisioned to increase the Municipality of Anchorage’s landfill diversion efforts over the next 50 years.

Mass Excavation used advanced modeling software to map all of the bore logs on the site to determine existing ground conditions to identify what existing materials needed to be removed and how much on-site material could be used for the project. Working with the designers, software models were built as the design progressed to map excavations, utility trenches, storm water ponds, drainage grades, building pads, roads, and finished grades. With this technology, we were able to identity conflicts and potential problems early on and flag where changes needed to be made in the design prior to work being performed. Ultimately, the entire 26-acre site was modeled for all civil work elements, allowing for accurate quantity takeoffs, critical work elements, and the ability to review and observe the site in a 3D model to share with owner representatives for understanding and clarification. Unable to use GPS controls on-site, we implemented a laser control system for concrete slab grading inside of the buildings, and were able to keep the concrete overage down below 1%, greatly reducing costs for our GC and owner. We also designed a planned sewer line reroute to take advantage of existing excavation, saving an estimated $600,000.

The Parker, Smith & Feek Excellence in Construction Awards are given in recognition of exceptional projects completed by contractors and presented at the annual AGC of Alaska Conference. Davis submitted a package on the projects for consideration and was judged against others in their respective categories by independent industry professionals. Davis’ submissions were reviewed on the following criteria: meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in project management, contractor’s innovation in construction techniques or materials, contractor’s state of the art advancement, contractor’s sensitivity to the environment & surroundings, excellence in client service, and the contractor’s contribution to the community.

Read more about the awards in the latest issue of AGC Magazine here: