Combining high-profile heavy civil projects with an active community outreach program plus impressive revenue growth, Kiewit Infrastructure West (KIW), based in Fairfield and Santa Fe Springs, has been voted Contractor of the Year by the regional ENR editors.

KIW is currently building (with joint venture partner Parsons) the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2A project – the $486-million expansion of the Metro Gold light-rail line from Pasadena to Azusa. Other notable projects include the Warm Springs Extension, adding 5.4 mi of new tracks from BART’s existing Fremont Station south to a new station in the Warm Springs district of the city of Fremont, and a contract for Project Phoenix for Molycorp, the only rare earth oxide producer in the western hemisphere.

KIW’s specialties include water and wastewater treatment facilities, water reservoirs, pump stations, power plants and renewable power, subways, bridges, airports and rail work.

In the Top Contractors ranking, KIW shot up from No. 9 last year to No. 3 this year with an impressive 81% increase in revenue ($594.81 million in 2010 vs. $1079.00 million in 2011).

Over the years, KIW has held numerous community activities and has contributed to charities, foundations and organizations, including hosting golf tournaments (this year it has raised more than $120,000 for Oakland’s Children’s Hospital and Guide Dogs for the Blind plus more than $133,000 at its annual SoCal Charity Classic golf tournament for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals), quarterly blood drives, Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Wish Upon a Wreath & Cops for Kids Holiday Toy Donation, member/volunteer of the Solano Land Trust and participation in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Career Development Workshops at UC Davis.

For several years, KIW has also participated in, and has hosted at its Vallejo yard facility, an outreach and training program for Bay Area youth interested in construction careers. The outreach is aimed to inform high school youth of potential opportunities in construction and assist the next generation entering the Bay Area workforce find a successful career, KIW says.

In addition, KIW was recently nominated for the 2012 Associated General Contractors’ Constructor Awards in the Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Job – Heavy Engineering Classification for its Lower Crystal Springs Dam Project; won first place in AGC’s Safety Excellence Awards for Federal & Heavy Division, 700,001 – 1 Million Hours; and was honored by the city of Los Angeles with a service award in recognition for its service to the people of Los Angeles.

We’ll have more to report about KIW in the July 30 issue of ENR California, so stay tuned.