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Construction of Maid of the Mist storage site wins national award


Construction company LPCiminelli has won a national award from its peers for the Maid of the Mist Winter Storage and Maintenance Facility in Niagara Falls it built.

Buffalo’s largest contractor received the national Alliant Build America award, in the “Federal and Heavy New” category, from the Associated General Contractors of America. The awards, given at the group’s annual conference in San Antonio, are designed to honor trade group members who “build the nation’s most impressive construction projects,” according to an LPCiminelli announcement.

“I could not be prouder of the continued recognition the Maid of the Mist project has received and to the countless participants who worked tirelessly to see this project come to fruition,” said LPCiminelli Senior Executive Vice President Frank Ciminelli II. “This is a perfect example of what our company is capable of when we are brought in early to collaborate with the owner in order to engineer solutions to complex projects.”

The project, located at the former Schoellkopf Power Station site, created a new upper maintenance area and a lower base for storing Maid of the Mist boats, after the U.S. tour company lost access to the Canadian dry docks when Ontario awarded a new contract to a rival firm. The location near the falls and 200 feet down a rock wall, plus the need to remove 22,680 tons of limestone and debris to form a suitable construction site, required creative ways to safely transport people, tools and equipment, including use of a temporary crane and construction of a 200-foot elevator within an existing shaft. Work continued through difficult winter conditions to stay on schedule, so tools and casings had to be heated.

“This was an enormous project requiring a tight deadline and the work was superb,” said Christoper Glynn, Maid of the Mist president.

The Maid of the Mist project, which already won two other awards, was one of 23 nationwide that were recognized by the trade group for construction excellence, along with the Corning Museum of Glass, the expansions of Love Field and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport in Texas, and Kings Theater in Brooklyn. Winners are selected by a panel of contractors, based on factors that included excellence in project management, contribution to the community, rising to the challenge of a difficult job and sensitive treatment of the environment and surroundings.

“The contractors working on these projects stood out among their peers by demonstrating the finest traits of our industry: skill, dedication, and ingenuity,” said Charles Greco, the association’s president. “These are the kind of projects that inspire other contractors to push even harder as they work to improve our built environment.”

The Buffalo News
By: Jonathan Epstein