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Those who made marks in‘92

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Marks 92

Many people in many ways served the best interests of the construction industry last year. Here are some. All of the people cited on this page will be awarded a plaque in recognition of their achievements. They will also be honored at a Feb 10 dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. One of them has already been chosen by the editors of Engineering News Record as Construction’s Man or Woman of the year 1993 and that person will be the subject of a cover story on Feb 15.

Seattle METRO’s Lynn L. Milcox, CH2.M Hill’ James G. Goetz, and Danadjieva Koenig Associates’ Angela Danadjieva formulated a design sensitive to the environment for Seattle’s West Point wastewater plant upgrade. Their concept mollified those who would evict the plant from Discovery Park, saving some $500 million for pipe, plus the expense of relocating the plant.

Dick Corp.’s Ed Lynch Jr. conceived of making a one-acre monolithic but noncontinuous structural concrete pour, rather than casting five full-depth lifts as specified. The change slashed a month from the schedule for placing an 11.4-ft-thick foundation slab at a powerplant in West Virginia. Dick’s crews poured 16,122 cu yd of concrete in 51 hours of production.

Anton Krysa and John C. Gribar, in the Corps of Engineers’ Pittsburgh district office, developed a system of almost 500 vertical and inclined rock anchors to stabilize the landside wall of an old Monongahela River lock, the largest application of prestressing strands for stabilization in North America

Faced with bringing up potentially toxic spoil in driving piles for a factory on a Superfund site, subcontractor A. Wayne DeWitt, of DeWitt Construction Inc., adapted his company’s technology involving the injection of high-pressure grout through a hollow mandrel. The owner avoided testing and disposal of 10,000 cu yd of spoil. The job marks the deepest and most extensive use of the technology.

John Kolaya, Yonkers Contracting Co Inc., developed a construction technique that saved six months in replacing rocker bearings on a 50-year-old viaduct. He used flat jacks to temporarily carry the structure while permanent, seismic-resistant bearings were manufactured.

Scott McNary of consultant Finley McNary Engineers Inc., and Harold Davidson, of joint-venture contractor Perini/PCL/O&G, developed and executed a modified erection scheme for the New Baldwin Bridge, Connecticut’s first precast concrete segmental design. By working on land with a launching girder instead of from water, crews erected the twin-span bridge more safely and 14 months ahead of schedule.

John E. Kenny Jr., of contractor Kenny Construction Co., was thrust into the spotlight when Mayor Richard M. Daley put him in charge of stopping the Great Chicago Flood, which paralyzed the city’s financial district, Working around the clock under dangerous and pressure-packed conditions, Kenny led the emergency response that swiftly and safely plugged the leak beneath the Chicago River. Lt. Col. Randall R. Inouye, Chicago district commander of the Corps of Engineers, managed the tricky dewatering of more than 50 miles of flooded freight tunnels and scores of connecting basements.

Polytechnic University President and engineer George Bugliarello visionary behind the $l-billion MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., marshaled the resources of academia and the public and private sectors to create a model for urban redevelopment.

Few people were aware of the dangers of fire and electrocution from harmonic currents—a little-known computerage enemy within building electrical systems. Engineer James M. Moravek of Hamel Green and Abrahamson Inc.,and Ed Lethart, an electronics technician, heightened awareness of the problem and how to mitigate it through design and retrofit of electrical systems.