Recognition Programs: Buckman Direct Diversion Project

Crew of the Month

The hard-working men and women on the Buckman Direct Diversion Project are being recognized by two innovative programs: Crew of the Month and Core Employee of the Month.

The Crew of the Month designation is based on a score that takes into account the crew’s Job Safety Analysis reporting, attendance at Safety Meetings, and a host of related factors including Re-work, Tools & Equipment, Timely Paperwork Reporting, and Housekeeping.

The Core Employee of the Month is selected by the Superintendents and Construction Managers, based on nominations submitted by craft employees to ballot boxes located around the job site.

Winning Crews get to display an official banner and are honored with a barbeque, while Core Employees receive a custom-made display knife emblazoned with the project’s emblem and designed by Construction Manager Mike Raybourn and his brother. Photographs and names of both Crew and Core Employee winners are posted in a highly visible jobsite location.

Mechanical Superintendent Ross Sturdevant says, “It’s a matter of motivation, a little incentive, and recognition among their peers. All these things give the winners something to be proud of. They’re a very competitive and driven group.”

He adds, "The entire team has gone out of their way for this project. Our client critiques have been extremely high; the owner and engineer gave us an average of 4.74 out of 5.0. That's what it's all about."

The Buckman Direct Diversion Project, being built as a joint venture with CH2M Hill, will create a diversified water system that will provide the Santa Fe region with a more dependable water system that sustains the area and supports future population growth.

Thanks in large part to such dedicated crews, the project remains ahead of schedule. According to Construction Manager Raybourn, at the end of 2009, the project was approximately 65% complete.

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