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NRC names top field employee, rail construction project for 2013


The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association Inc. (NRC) has named the winners of its 2013 Field Employee and Rail Construction Project of the Year Awards.

The association chose Craig Almont of Hamilton Construction as the Field Employee of the Year. He joined Hamilton Construction two years ago after attending Central Washington University's construction management program. One year after his hiring, Craig was sent to a job in Idaho where he not only exceeded the company's project goals and expectations, but also immersed himself into the community and joined the coaching staff of the local high school's struggling football team, NRC officials said in an award announcement.

"Craig managed to keep the project on time and on budget while turning a losing football program into the 4th best team in the state," they said. "Craig consistently exudes enthusiasm while demonstrating a strong work ethic … [and] is a dedicated worker who represents both Hamilton and the entire industry well."

The NRC also named Delta Railroad Construction's Dulles Corridor Project the Rail Construction Project of the Year. 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, NRC officials said.

"The strong safety record they achieved is commendable, especially in a congested location with difficult access and a tight schedule," they said. "Delta's collaboration and coordination with multiple partners and stakeholders, along with their commitment to safety, significantly contributed to the overall success of the 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."

The NRC will honor both winners on Jan. 8 during its annual conference to be held in Palm Desert, Calif., Jan. 5-8.