The best in concrete renovation honoured at WOC ceremony

Published 7/3, 2019 at 17:26

The most innovative and challenging projects completed by CSDA contractors in 2018 were recognised during a prestigious World of Concrete ceremony in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, 23 January 2019, the association hosted the sixth annual Concrete Openings Awards at its booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. CSDA executive director Patrick O’Brien acted as master of ceremonies while the association’s vice president, Matthew Finnigan, presented the awards to the winners. World of Concrete attendees and members of the industry media joined CSDA to celebrate with the winning contractors. 

The winners of the awards were Atlantic Concrete Cutting (Mount Holly, NJ), for the Tappan Zee bridge demolition project in the ‘roads, bridges and airports’ category. In the ‘building and construction’ category, Donley Concrete Cutting Company (Pickerington, OH), received the award for its work on a historic church renovation and reinforcement project. Cuts, Inc. (Knoxville, TN) won the ‘industrial renovation’ award for a custom fabricated table created to assist with a university research project, and Cutting Edge Services (Batavia, OH), along with Advanced Concrete Sawing (St. Paul, MN) won the ‘infrastructure renovation’ award, for the Red Rock Hydroelectric Dam Project

The inaugural Concrete Openings Awards ceremony was held in 2014 to showcase the best projects covered in CSDA’s official magazine, and recognise the contractors who performed the work. 16 job stories are split into four categories and put before a panel of judges. The panel scores each job on its pre-planning, use of innovation, degree of difficulty and quality requirements. Details and images of the winning projects are displayed during the awards ceremony and for the remainder of the exhibition.

“It is a privilege to participate in the judging of the Concrete Openings Awards. I am still fascinated by the ingenuity and commitment of my fellow CSDA contractors. I find that I place myself alongside them when evaluating their projects. Although quality is a prime factor in a successful project, I enjoyed exploring the innovations, planning and complexity of the projects that were presented this year. CSDA contractors continue to set the bar higher and higher with their commitment to their clients,” said Ted Johnston, CSDA past president and member of the judging panel.

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a non-profit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting and polishing offering the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

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