Mercer Island Wins CMAA Chapter Award

Vanir was recognized on May 19 by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of CMAA with a Project Achievement Award for the Mercer Island Sewer Lake Line and Pump Station No. 4 Replacement Project.  The project was completed one year ahead of schedule and well under the city’s budget.  Most important, the citizens directly affected by the work along the Mercer Island waterfront were pleased with the end results.

The Project Achievement Awards are highly competitive and recognize excellence in construction and program management.  The Judges Committee is composed of owners and professionals in the construction management industry.  They consider outcomes, overall management, safety, quality management, cost management, schedule management, complexity, innovation and creativity, and customer satisfaction as the basis for the awards. 

The success of the project was based on the collaboration of the Vanir team with the owner, their design engineer, and the contractors.  When initial bids were higher than the city’s budget, the city requested Vanir’s team worked closely with their staff and their engineer to repackage the construction work, mitigate risks, and market the project to the contractor community.  The rebid of the construction came in almost $2M under the city’s budget.  During construction, the Vanir team worked daily with city staff to be sure the community was informed of construction progress. 

This project was also a recent recipient of a Washington American Public Works Association (APWA) 2010 chapter award in the “Environment $5M to $25M” category.