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NRC names Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year recipients

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association has named the winners of its 2013 Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year Awards. Both were recognized at the 2014 NRC Conference in Palm Desert, Calif.

Craig Almont 0046Craig Almont of Hamilton Construction (pictured) was named Field Employee of the Year. Almont joined Hamilton Construction two years ago from the Central Washington University Construction Management program. “Craig consistently exudes enthusiasm while demonstrating a strong work ethic,” NRC said. “One year after his hiring, Hamilton Construction sent Craig to a job in Idaho where he not only exceeded the company’s project goals and expectations, but he also immersed himself into the community and joined the coaching staff of the struggling local high school football team, which was in need of inspiration. Craig managed to keep the project on time and on budget while turning a losing football program into the fourth best team in the state. A local resident even sent Hamilton Construction a handwritten note praising Craig: ‘Craig Almont has been so good to donate his hours after work to our local high school football team . . . the boys loved him and all the things he taught them this Fall.’ Craig is a dedicated worker who represents both Hamilton and the entire industry well.”

The Rail Construction Project of the Year award went to the Delta Railroad Construction Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. “The Dulles Corridor Project proves that large projects conducted in adverse conditions can be completed on time and on budget when a strong safety culture is embraced,” said NRC. “The project required inventive solutions, which Delta delivered through both custom-built equipment and construction practices, as well as special safety considerations for both employees and the public given the urban work environment. The strong safety record it achieved is commendable, especially in a congested location with difficult access and a tight schedule. Delta’s collaboration and coordination with multiple partners and stakeholders, along with its commitment to safety, significantly contributed to the overall success of the project.”

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