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Project Excellence Award Winners Announced

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The 2015 COPRI Project Excellence Award winners are  Small Project : Makah Tribe Commercial Dock Replacement, submitted by BergerABAM; and  Large Project : Port of Newport International Terminal Renovation, submitted by GRI. Congratulations to our awardees! 

Small Project

Makah Tribe Commercial Dock Replacement The Makah Tribe Commercial Dock Replacement is located in a remote area on the Washington coast, across from Vancouver Island B.C ( pictured left ).

Working in remote locations always requires enhanced engineering and construction ingenuity to achieve optimum results. 

The Makah Dock Team met this challenge head-on and was able to expedite a complicated project encumbered with formidable permitting requirements that resulted in design and completion of construction within a 13 month window.  

The creativity that was brought to the project by the engineering and construction entities was a special benefit to the local Indian Tribal Community, because 50% of the community's economy is derived from ocean resources. The pier is fundamental to tribal fishing activity.  

Large Project

Port of Newport International Terminal Renovation The Newport International Terminal Team is responsible for a marvelous design and construction project ( pictured left )! The phrase "out-of-the-box thinking" is certainly applicable here.

The project involved removal of one World War II-era reinforced concrete ship (intentionally sunk in-place and used as a dock) and incorporation of another ship into a permanent wharf structure.

The project brought together diverse requirements such as:

  • Development of community support
  • Environmental cleanup
  • Protection of marine habitat
  • Schedule limitations
  • Design and construction flexibility; and
  • Work within a limited budget  

This is a one-of-a-kind project is evidence of the application of engineering creativity to solve problems and enhance public infrastructure.

Project Excellence Awards Presentation

The Project Excellence Awards will be presented to the Small and Large Project teams at the upcoming Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference in Boston, MA, September 9 - 11, 2015. The awards ceremony will take place during the Opening Plenary on Wednesday, September 9 from 8:00 - 9:40 a.m. 

Nominations for the 2016 Project Excellence Awards are due February 3, 2016. Next year's awards will be presented during the PORTS '16 Conference in New Orleans, LA, June 12 - 15, 2016. 

If you have any questions about submitted a nomination package, please contact the COPRI Awards Committee