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LPCiminelli Wins National Award for Maid of the Mist Project


Buffalo contractor LPCiminelli has received a national award from the Associated General Contractors of America for its construction of the Maid of the Mist winter storage and maintenance facility in Niagara Falls.

Considered the construction industry’s “Oscars,” the Alliant Build America awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects. LPCiminelli representatives Frank Ciminelli II and Bill Mahoney traveled to San Antonio for the AGC’s annual conference to accept the 2016 Alliant Build America Award in the Federal & Heavy New category.

Winners are chosen by a professional panel of peer contractors. Criteria include excellence in project management, contribution to the community, rising in the challenge of a difficult job and sensitive treatment of the environment and surroundings, to name a few. In the end, recipients demonstrate the very best when it comes to building a better America and improving our quality of life, according to the AGC.

“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 Frank Ciminelli II, Senior Executive Vice President. “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 Maid project was one of 23 nationwide recognized for construction excellence. The project at the former Schoellkopf Power Station site made it a suitable location for the storage and maintenance of Maid tour boats, which became necessary when its previous Canadian dry docks were no longer accessible.

“This was an enormous project requiring a tight deadline and the work was superb,” said Christoper Glynn, Maid of the Mist president. “In selecting LPCiminelli, we knew we were choosing a Western New York construction management company that could pull this off. This nationally recognized work was on time, on budget and Maid didn’t miss a beat.”

With its location near the iconic Niagara Falls and 200 feet down a rock wall, the team had to develop innovative ways to transport people, tools and equipment safely to the jobsite, given the difficult location and amount of material needed to be cleared. The team removed 22,680 tons of limestone/debris to create a suitable site. This is the third award for the MOTM project previously being recognized with a Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award and an Engineering News Record New York’s 2015 Best Projects Award for specialty projects.

“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.”