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Three receive Build Maine awards

Three MBTA members recently received 2012 Build Maine Awards from the Associated General Contractors (AGC Maine) at a ceremony in Augusta on April 11. They were Wyman & Simpson, the Ted Berry Company and Cianbro.
Wyman & Simpson of Richmond took the top award in the Bridge Division for construction of the first bridge in the world to use multiple hybrid composite beam spans. The new Knickerbocker Bridge in Boothbay crosses the Back River and serves as the main access point to the mainland for the communities of Hodgdon and Barters Islands. The 540-ft. long bridge uses eight composite spans ranging from 60 to 70 feet in length. The beams were constructed by Harbor Technologies of Brunswick. There are only two other bridges using this new technology; both are single-span bridges.
The Ted Berry Company of Livermore won a Build Maine award for a sewer line replacement for the Warren Sanitary District. The firm used static pipe bursting technology to replace 1,600 feet of an active sewer line that carries 30,000 gallons of flow each day to the district’s treatment plant. The pipe bursting technology inserts the new pipe into the path of the old pipe underground without digging a lengthy trench. To keep the plant operational, an above ground bypass pipe was used during the course of the project.
Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield took two first-place awards. One was for the construction of a new three-story, 38,000-square-foot offshore wind laboratory for the University of Maine. Designed by WBRC Architects – Engineers of Bangor, the facility offers testing capabilities for offshore wind blades, anchors and towers, as well as other industrial uses that require testing of very large pieces of equipment. The second Cianbro award was in the Industrial Category for the rebuilding and extension of a dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. The extension is approximately 90 feet wide, 50 feet long and 40 feet tall. It required 850 cubic yards of concrete and 126 tons of reinforcing steel. The new dry dock now can handle ships nearly 600 feet long with beam heights of more than 80 feet.
A fourth award went to the Penobscot Company for its work to restore three Maine lighthouses.
FMI: The Build Maine awards are annual honors by AGC Maine. To learn more, visit


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