Transportation construction projects from across the country were recognized on June 3 for their contributions to environmental protection and mitigation. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) sponsored the 14th annual “Globe Awards” held in Washington, D.C. as part of the association’s Federal Issues Program.

The Globe Awards recognize: 

• Private-sector firms and public-sector transportation agencies that do an outstanding job of protecting or enhancing the natural environment in the planning, design and construction of U.S. transportation infrastructure projects

• Transportation construction-related product manufacturers and material suppliers that utilize exemplary environmental processes to protect and enhance the natural environment.
 An independent panel of industry professionals reviewed all of the nominations and selected the winners in five categories.

The 2013 winners are:

Public Transit

First Place—Regional Transportation District and Denver Transit Construction Group: West Rail Line
The Regional Transportation District’s goal during construction of the 12-mile, $707-million FasTracks West Rail Line from Golden to downtown Denver was “excellence in environmental compliance.”

To that end, the project’s construction manager-general contractor Denver Transit Construction Group (DTCG) established a dedicated water management team that conducted weekly and post-precipitation jobsite inspections, monthly environmental training for project superintendents, foremen and crew leaders, and established daily “game plan” meetings and weekly scheduling meetings to collaborate with project owners, subcontractors and stakeholders. DTCG also rebuilt local streets, constructed major drainage structures and restored and stabilized landscaping on the affected site.


(Under $10 Million)

First Place—Rosales + Partners, Freese and Nichols Inc., Schlaich Bergermann and Partner, and Rebcon Inc.: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, Fort Worth
Completed in 2012, the $3-million Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge crosses the Trinity River linking Fort Worth’s most popular parks and bike trails to the downtown area, providing residents with greater access to green modes of transportation.