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Balfour Beatty Honors Outstanding Employees and Project Teams with Build to Last Awards
May 30, 2018
Balfour Beatty has honored five exceptional employees and project teams as part of the company’s annual Build to Last Awards. The highest honor the company can bestow upon its employees, the peer-nominated awards program honors the contributions of high-performing teammates from across the country who most embody the company’s Build to Last vision centered on operating Lean, Expert, Trusted and Safe.
“The growth and success we are experiencing across our markets is directly connected to the innovation and excellence these award-winning teammates bring to their colleagues and clients every day,” said John Rempe, PE, president and chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty’s U.S. civils operations. “Thanks to this year’s award winners, finalists and numerous nominees, we remain an industry leader in providing our clients with solutions to complex challenges and efficiently delivering their projects.”
“The employees and teams we have the privilege honoring with the Build to Last awards epitomize our commitment to serving as relentless allies for the success of every project we are entrusted to build,” said Leon Blondin, chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty’s U.S. buildings operations. “I am incredibly proud of everyone who was nominated by their peers for these awards, and am thankful for their dedication and commitment.”
Build to Last “Lean” Award
The Build to Last “Lean” award category honors those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the company’s operational efficiency. These efficiencies include simplifying processes, identifying opportunities to add value, improving controls, lowering costs and, helping eliminate wasted resources. For his 2017 contributions, the Build to Last winner in the “Lean” category was awarded to Kyle Frandsen, a sustainability project manager based in San Diego.
According to his peers, Frandsen is a dedicated Lean champion who took the initiative to identify and win a California state grant for employee training and a grant for a statewide company growth incentive program. He also took it upon himself to become the local expert on California’s Clean Energy Jobs Act. Because of his expertise, many Balfour Beatty clients have turned to the company for expert counsel on how their projects may be impacted.
Build to Last “Expert” Award
The Build to Last “Expert” award category honors those who have added great value and have advanced innovative processes and industry-leading practices in everything they do for their clients and teams. For its work in 2017, the Wilmington Bypass project team in Wilmington, N.C. has been honored for its innovative completion of a critical transportation link on time and under budget. The entire team went above and beyond to deliver the $124 million, three-mile highway project with an innovative trestle approach that reduced the impact on the area’s wetlands. The team worked relentlessly through the holiday season to drive the piles necessary for two bridges over Cape Fear River, all within a strict six-month, in-water work window.
Build to Last “Trusted” Award
The Build to Last “Trusted” category celebrates those who have successfully delivered on Balfour Beatty’s commitment to successful project completion, customer satisfaction, repeat clients, and fostering positive community relationships. Team performance in this category was so impressive in 2017, two project teams tied for top honors.
In the Mid-Atlantic, the National Science Foundation project team delivered the client’s new $220 million, 759,000-square-foott headquarters ahead of schedule and under budget. By so safely and efficiently delivering this Class A, high-rise project, the team was rewarded by the client with multiple letters of recommendation that have subsequently helped lead to additional high-value projects for the company.
In the Northwest, the Microsoft Buildings 30, 31, and 32 project team was awarded for its attention to detail and support during a successful 340,000-square-foot, three-building remodel on an active campus. By successfully meeting the client’s business objectives and delivering such a significant amount of work in just over six months, the team positively positioned the company for future projects.
Build to Last “Safe” Award
The Build to Last “Safe” category recognizes Balfour Beatty “Zero Harm” heroes who have shown a strong commitment to the safety of anyone who comes into contact with the company’s projects. These individuals continuously seek opportunities to improve work practices, reinforce positive behaviors, demonstrate safety leadership, and speak up if they see unsafe acts.
Chris Diaz, vice president of safety, health and environment in Florida, has been recognized for putting Balfour Beatty’s “Zero Harm” commitment into action by founding the Hispanic Safety Committee. By organizing this group serving Spanish-speaking skilled trade workers in South Florida, Diaz created an avenue for engaging and educating this key work group in a culturally relevant way that previously did not exist. Since its founding, the committee has expanded, even becoming a tool for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the entire South Florida construction industry to maximize safety for this very important audience.