Joseph Company gets national award

Published 10:11 am Monday, April 11, 2016

The Joseph Company’s work on the Fairmont Energy Station in Fairmont, Minnesota, has earned the company a National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Public Works / Environmental – Over $5,000,000 category. Carter Wagner, The Joseph Company & Todd Machin, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, received the award on March 2 during ABC’s 26th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“The Joseph Company earned this Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award through their dedication to safety, quality craftsmanship, and teamwork, and Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor them,” said 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, President of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Nebraska, in a press release. “From start to finish, The Joseph Company demonstrated a commitment to innovation and high quality construction in their work on the Fairmont Energy Station, a commitment that is clearly evident in the finished product.”

Joseph led this 28,000 SF addition to the Power Plant which included placing four 97-ton Caterpillar engines and four 10-ton power generators on mass foundations connected to a complex matrix of mechanical and electrical systems for the power generation supply and exhaust system. The newly completed $30,000,000 energy station can now provide up to 25 MW of additional, high efficiency, low emissions energy. Fairmont Public Utilities provides electricity and related services to approximately 6,000 customers in Fairmont.

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The Excellence in Construction Awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect, and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and cost.

A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, Construction Users Roundtable, National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others.