Atkinson Construction is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Washington with four AGC Build Washington awards.
AGC of Washington’s annual Build Washington Awards recognizes the chapter’s top individual and company performances in construction and safety excellence, innovation, community service and diversity over the past year.
2020 Project of the Year - Highway/Transportation ($15-50 M)
I-5/NB MLK Jr. Way to NE Ravenna Br - Pavement Repair
Atkinson Construction repaired and/or replaced approximately 13 miles of deteriorating I-5 northbound concrete pavement through downtown Seattle from Martin Luther King Jr Way to the Ravenna Blvd. Bridge. Through collaboration with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Atkinson’s design-build approach, the Atkinson team completed all major work in seven weekends (one construction season). This was a significant improvement over the conceptual design’s 16 weekends over two seasons. Notably, Atkinson completed all construction work at night and on weekends to minimize impacts to the community and high-volume traffic—more than 120,000 vehicles/day.
AGC Build Washington Safety Award - Highway/Civil (Under 500,000 Worker Hours)
The Atkinson team was recognized with this year’s AGC Build Washington Safety Award for Highway/Civil (Under 500,000 Worker Hours) for its exemplary safety culture.
Atkinson’s safety procedures and philosophies are communicated from the time employees are hired, with a heavy focus during the new hire orientation process and stressed daily on jobsites across Atkinson’s wide array of projects. With continuing education and mentoring, along with daily safety meetings, monthly all hands meetings, and daily pre-task planning, there is no end to the consistent focus on safety and well-being at Atkinson.
Employee feedback is encouraged through Near Miss Reporting, and employees have opportunities to speak at various meetings during the lifecycle of a project. Safety is not a one-size-fits-all. Creating a culture of safety requires a constant vigilance and dedication to promoting workplace safety. Atkinson takes this seriously, and has developed its safety culture into a world-class program that employees take a deep pride in.
2020 Project Manager of the Year
Reggie Wageman, a project manager at Atkinson, excels at leading teams that collaborates with stakeholders at all levels. Reggie joined Atkinson in 2013 and has 16 years of heavy civil construction management experience in a variety of transportation contracts. He has a history of excellent safety and quality performance on deadline driven projects.
Reggie, who most recently served as project manager on the I-5/NB MLK Jr. Way to NE Ravenna Br - Pavement Repair project, is a skilled interpersonal communicator who successfully manages subcontractors and effectively coordinates self-performed work. He supervises project staff, subcontractors, craft activities, and maintains liaison with owners and project stakeholders to ensure comprehensive collaboration and coordination on his projects. He is a proven manager with a project-first mentality and ensures projects are successful for all stakeholders.
2020 Superintendent of the Year
Jay Teskey, a superintendent with Atkinson since 1982, most recently oversaw construction of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East. With nearly 40 years of experience in the industry, Jay takes a personal approach to safety. He knows everyone by name on his projects, which has fostered a genuine mutual respect between him and his project teams. Jay’s personal touch shows he truly cares about his teams’ wellbeing and the work they are performing.
In his capacity as superintendent, Jay leads the overall safety vision of his projects by “walking the walk” and demonstrating his commitment to safety as an extension of how he approaches his work. A passionate teacher, Jay used his time on the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project to mentor a group of young superintendents and project supervisors and provide them with a strong foundation of industry knowledge and skills that would help them grow throughout their careers.