Ferrovial Agroman U.S. Corp. (FAUS) recently received the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association’s Pillar Award as the 2013 General Contractor of the Year.
The award recognized FAUS’ outstanding performance on the LBJ Express and North Tarrant Express (NTE) highway projects, particularly in the areas of safety, innovation, sustainable building practices and project management. A large emphasis was also placed on the economic impact of the projects and the company’s staff development programs, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and active support of minority-owned businesses.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award”
“ur company remains committed to delivering innovative roadway projects that will dramatically improve safety and reliability, while contributing to the overall economic vitality and quality of life for the North Texas region”
FAUS is quickly becoming one of the most recognized highway construction contractors in the United States. The company was recently recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) as the 10th largest transportation contractor, having not even placed on the list the prior year.
FAUS’ two North Texas projects represent nearly $5 billion in new infrastructure assets for the region, spanning 26 miles across nine municipalities and two counties. Collectively, a total of 300 companies have worked on the LBJ Express and NTE projects, averaging over $3 million in construction a day.
Engaging minority- and women-owned businesses throughout the design and construction processes of the projects has been a priority on both projects. A total of 349 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms registered for the projects since 2010, representing more than 30 percent of the vendor/subcontractor registrants. Currently, there are approximately 100 DBEs engaged on the projects. These firms provide services in every facet of the project from engineering, utility relocation, drainage, structures and concrete fabrication to aerial photography, painting, miscellaneous concrete work and jobsite maintenance. Both highway projects also maintain a special registration for DBE firms on the projects’ respective websites.
Finally, as public-private partnership (P3) projects, the LBJ Express and NTE serve as models for providing greater value with lower public subsidies and better long-term maintainability. The projects have helped drive public policy discussions at the state and national levels about the value of P3s in leveraging limited public resources for maximum public benefit at minimum risk, opening the door for broader acceptance of P3s and enabling more major infrastructure projects to advance.