Mountainous Infrastructure Project Takes Shape

Design-Build In New Mexico
May 2011, Vol. 66 No. 5

Working fast, smart in thin air
Throughout the project, speed has been a top priority for AUI. That’s because the job suffered significant delays, first at the outset, as the PID faced litigation that kept it from pulling the trigger on the work; second, from an unanticipated delay in the delivery of a US 404 permit, which regulates the discharge of excavated material in U.S. wetlands.

The wetland areas of the jobsite required delivery of the permit before work inside the vicinity could begin. Although it took significantly longer than anticipated to arrive, the US 404 was eventually granted, and AUI crews were able to make up for lost time.

“We have every reason to be proud of the way AUI has tackled the task of recovering from such a late start,” said Gerald White, PID project director.

The unpredictable weather in Angel Fire made planning of the infrastructure development a challenge, as did a high water table in certain areas of the 19-mile-wide jobsite. AUI crews learned to adapt, however, making adjustments to the plans as needed.

“When it comes to making adjustments, communication is key,” said Vickers. “We had an experienced group of employees up there who understood the value of talking to one another, not only to keep the project moving, but to learn from the adjustments for the next time the same challenge presented itself.”

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