CORAL GABLES, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 06/07/13 -- Last night at an awards ceremony in New York City, Engineering News-Record, the U.S. construction industry's flagship trade publication, awarded Odebrecht and its joint-venture partners four "Global Best Project" awards for projects in the United States
Odebrecht was recognized for the North Terminal Development program at Miami International Airport (MIA), a massive undertaking completed without interruption to passenger service. ENR also awarded Odebrecht an "Award of Merit" in the Rail category, for their MIA Mover and AirportLink Metrorail Extension - Orange Line rail projects at Miami International Airport (MIA).
In Louisiana, Odebrecht received yet another Award of Merit under the Environmental category, for their work on LPV 3.2b West Return Floodwall, a project to construct the Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System as the region recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"All of us at Odebrecht are deeply humbled by these recognitions," said Gilberto Neves, President & CEO of Odebrecht USA. "We always strive to perform to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction, and it is gratifying that all of our team members and partners would be recognized for their dedication and on-the-job accomplishments."
A panel of industry experts evaluated 66 projects, grading each on "safety, innovation and overcoming challenges, putting special emphasis on how globally diverse the project team was."
In addition to its work at MIA's North and South Terminals, Odebrecht has also built the elevated, 1.27-mile long track for the MIA Mover, an automated people mover system linking MIA to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC). Odebrecht also constructed the AirportLink, an elevated, 2.4-mile extension of Metrorail service to the MIC, allowing residents and tourists to board the heavy-rail system at any of its 22 downtown and suburban stations and catch an outbound flight or greet arriving passengers.
Both MIA Mover and AirportLink won the nation's top safety recognition award, "Star VPP" status from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program recognizes companies that have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and which maintain injury and illness rates below industrial average. Star status is OSHA's highest achievement.
Founded in 1944 in Brazil, the Odebrecht Organization is today a diversified business leader that operates in more than 20 countries and employs more than 185,000 people worldwide. Ranked by ENR as the 13th largest international contractor in the world (2012), Odebrecht USA opened its office in 1990, and since then it has successfully delivered projects throughout the United States. Odebrecht has a particular emphasis on public-sector infrastructure projects of vital importance. Landmark projects in Miami-Dade County include the South and North Terminals at Miami International Airport, the Golden Glades Interchange, the American Airlines Arena, Orange Line and the MIA Mover, among others. Odebrecht USA has generated more than 84,200 jobs and awarded more than $655 million in contracts to local small businesses. For more details, please visit www.odebrecht.com.
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The Odebrecht team at ENR's Global Best Projects Awards in New York
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