Project Team Accepts FTBA Award for Wonderwood Connector Project

Jacksonville, FL—On August 5, the project team of J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc. (Contractor) and GAI Consultants (GAI) (Design Engineer), in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation District Two, was on hand to accept the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA) 2016 Best in Construction Design-Build Award for the State Road (SR) 116 (Wonderwood Connector) project in Duval County, FL. GAI provided design, permitting, and utility coordination services on the $8 million design-build drainage improvements project.

Highlights/Key Facts

About the Project

  • The project consisted of emergency drainage improvements and pavement settlement remediation along a 4.6-mile section of SR 116 (Wonderwood Connector).
  • Following the drainage repairs, the associated roadway pavement was reconstructed to address previous settlement issues and improve the safety and smoothness of the asphalt pavement.
  • The approaches to the Ginhouse Creek Bridge—which had significant pavement settlement—were repaired, including the design and reconstruction of the associated approach slabs, traffic railings, guardrail, and sidewalk.
  • Bob Baxter, PE served as GAI’s Project Manager, guiding the design team in the firm’s Jacksonville office while utilizing additional technical staff from across the firm.

About the Award

  • The award was presented to the project team at the FTBA Annual Convention on August 5 in Orlando, Florida.
  • The FTBA annually recognizes commendable construction performance of individual contractor firms.
  • Recognitions are intended to award contractors who have responsibly executed outstanding road and bridge construction projects throughout the State of Florida.
  • The FTBA Awards Committee selects winners based on specific categories and is comprised of employees knowledgeable in all construction categories from the State Construction Office, Florida Department of Transportation.

“This project’s success is a direct result of a great partnership between the Department, the design-build team, and the customers. Another great project completed with J.B Coxwell Contracting—their leadership and quality work continue to help our team succeed and we are fortunate to have them as a partner.”

Bob Baxter, PE, Senior Engineering Manager, GAI Consultants

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