Cincinnati Children’s / UC Health Proton Therapy Center was named by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as the best new construction project valued between $10 million and $99 million and built in the U.S. within the last year. Project team representatives from Messer Construction Co. and Linbeck Group, the joint venture design-build contractor team on the project, and Cincinnati Children’s and UC Health attended a luncheon event on March 8 to accept the 2017 Alliant Build America Award, which took place during the AGC’s 98th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The awards event honors the nation’s most significant new and renovation construction projects that complete each year, and is considered throughout the industry as the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S. This marks the second consecutive year a construction project lead by Messer has earned a Build America Award; in 2016 it was for Cincinnati Children’s Clinical Sciences Pavilion.

A panel of judges representing all areas of construction and made up of a contractor’s toughest critics — other contractors — based Build America Award selection criteria on projects that excelled in complexity, project management, use of innovative construction techniques and/or materials, client satisfaction, sensitivity to the environment and surroundings, and community impact. Attendees include contractors, suppliers, executives and partners of the nation’s commercial construction industry.

The Cincinnati Children’s / UC Health Proton Therapy Center is one of only two such centers in the nation owned by a children’s hospital. It provides a new kind of focused radiation treatment that minimizes damage to areas surrounding tumors. The two-story, 89,549-square-foot facility features a vault to house the 90-ton, super-conducting cyclotron system and three treatment gantries – two for treatment and one for research  with additional space for a fourth bay to be built when needed. The facility also includes clinical space for the Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, which was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Equipment installation began three weeks ahead of schedule. The Proton Therapy Center took three years to build and opened its doors to patients in September 2016.

Messer Linbeck served as the joint venture team providing construction management. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates served as lead architect, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers as lead mechanical, plumbing electrical engineer and Goldstein-Milano as lead structural engineer. Other team members included: Denier Electric, Baker Concrete Construction, SimplexGrinnell, Jaco, Swisslog Healthcare Solutions (North America), Archiable Electric, Avenue Fabricating, Deer Park Roofing, Midwest Painting, Ollier Masonry,  Nelson Stark, Coreslab, Gieger, Peck Hannaford and Briggs, Cutting Edge Wood Works,  Peter Gaietto & Associates, Dayton Walls and Ceilings, Inc., Spectra Contract Flooring,  RCF Group, Kolar, Martina Bros. Co., Inc, Alpha & Omega, Dalmatian, and Thyssenkrupp.