Pajarito Cliffs Site earns a ‘Best of 2010’ award

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Southwest Contractor, a construction industry magazine, recently announced that Los Alamos County has won its “Best of 2010 Awards” for New Mexico in the Civil/Public Works category for its Pajarito Cliffs Site facility.
The  application was submitted by Hensel Phelps, Inc. HP was the contractor for the project, which is the home of county and Los Alamos Public School District facilities, including the warehouse, parks, purchasing, risk management, shop, traffic, transit, fleet, utilities, pavement and facilities operations.
According to information from Southwest Contractor, the judges selected the Pajarito Cliffs Site project as “an outstanding example of design and construction” in this category.
Pajarito Cliffs Site is located on Camino Entrada, just north of DeColores Restaurant on N.M. 502. Ground breaking for the Pajarito Cliffs Site took place in the spring of 2008 using a Construction-Manager-at-Risk method.
The goal of the project was to relocate all county and school district buildings from the Trinity Site, across the street from Marimac Plaza, in order to demolish the old buildings and clear the site for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project.
County and schools operations staff moved to the Pajarito Cliffs Site last spring and demolition of the old Trinity Site buildings was completed earlier this month.
The new Pajarito Cliffs Site buildings were designed to LEEDs Silver standards, in accordance with a county resolution for construction of new county facilities.
In addition, the county’s recently constructed Canyon Rim Trail received an Honorable Mention during contest judging - specifically for the 280-foot pedestrian bridge that was part of the project.
The application was submitted by Kiewit New Mexico, the contractor for the trail bridge. The trail opened in August and is nearly 7,700 feet long. It continues the paved pathway of the LA Mesa Trail near East Park, beginning at the eastern area fire station and traversing along the north rim of Los Alamos Canyon to the entrance to the Entrada development.
Building the concrete bridge for the trail was no small task. Two end abutments and two intermediate piers needed to be built before the bridge could be installed. The bridges were completely assembled at an Arizona facility and trucked to Los Alamos.
To prepare, the contractor was tasked with excavating footers, constructing the forms and pumping concrete into the forms. It then took a large crane to lift and set three bridge spans onto the abutment and piers.
Winners were profiled in detail in the December issue of the magazine. All of the winning projects and their project teams will be honored at an awards presentation in Albuquerque on Dec. 14.
 For a complete listing of winning projects, visit the magazine’s Web site at www.southwest.construction.com.