For its work on an extensive loop levee system in St. Bernard Parish under contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baton Rouge, La.-based Cajun Constructors is one of just 15 firms across the country to be honored with a 2012 Alliant Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) – billed as the "Oscars of the construction industry." The awards annually recognize the nation's most significant construction projects.
The USACE project in St. Bernard Parish came
about after Hurricane Katrina. Charged with designing and building the region's
most advanced levee protection system, the Corps turned to Cajun Constructors.
"The project involved construction of more than 43,000 linear feet of floodwalls,
installation of six steel gates, relocation of 12 utility crossings,
modifications to an existing pump station, and demolition of a drainage
structure," notes the AGCA. "During construction, Cajun Constructors
took special steps to make its goal of zero crane incidents a reality, and
implemented several advancements in pile driving to make the work more
efficient." Despite a five-month delay, Cajun Constructors met its
deadline by compressing an 11-month schedule into seven months.