Force Main Project Wins Award

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The Bell Road Force Main Improvements CMAR project won a 2017 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona (ACEC Arizona). Congratulations to our partners GHD (design engineer) and EPCOR Water (owner) for a job well done.

Visit the ACEC Arizona website for more award information.

Visit the Bell Road Force Main Improvements page for more project information and photos. 

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.

The 37th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Wanted: Tucson Workers

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Achen-Gardner Construction is looking for a Mainline Pipe Layer and a CDL Driver/Operator to work in the Tucson area. Achen-Gardner Construction is looking for a Mainline Pipe Layer and a CDL Driver/Operator to work in the Tucson area. Achen-Gardner Construction is looking for a Mainline Pipe Layer and a CDL Driver/Operator to work in the Tucson area.

Apply in person at 2425 West Wave Hill Court, Tucson, AZ 85705 between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm. You may call 520-887-3011 for more information, fax resumes to 480-403-9425 or email

Mainline Lead Pipe Layer Position: All applicants must have at least 5 years of experience laying large diameter pipe; water/sewer and storm drain.
CDL Driver/Operator Position: All applicants must have at least 5 years of experience working with heavy equipment and underground utilities; backhoe/track hoe and a CDL in good standing.

We offer competitive wages, medical/dental insurance, vacation time, and 401(k) with matching contributions. Achen-Gardner Construction provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Women, Minorities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply. All applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing. Employment eligibility verified through E-Verify.

APWA Project of the Year Awards

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The American Public Works Association (APWA)'s Arizona Chapter and Southern Arizona Branch have announced their Project of the Year Award winners. We are honored and proud to win two awards for two different projects in two different categories.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements - Broadway Road from Mill Avenue to Rural Road project for the City of Tempe has won an Arizona Chapter APWA Project of the Year Award in the Transportation (Less than $5M) category. We will accept the award at the Arizona Chapter APWA Conference on August 3, 2017, at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ.

The Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) project for the Pima County Department of Transportation has won an APWA Southern Arizona Branch Project of the Year Award of Merit in the Transportation ($5M to $25M) category. We will accept the award at the APWA Southern Arizona Branch Award Banquet on March 30, 2017, at the Tucson Electric Power Downtown Headquarters in Tucson, AZ.

Both project award submittals have been sent to National APWA for national project of the year award consideration.

Valencia Road Project Wins Partnering Excellence Award

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We are excited to announce that our partnership with Pima County Department of Transportation on the Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) project has been awarded a 2016 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award in the Roadway Construction $5M to $25M category. The award will be presented to the project team during a session of the 66th Annual Roads and Streets Conference on April 14, 2017, at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

The Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards competition is designed to recognize partnership teams that demonstrate a high degree of achievement through their practice of the Partnering principles and application of the Partnering processes related to the transportation industry. Partnering is defined as “a formal process of collaborative teamwork to achieve measurable results through agreements and productive working relationships.” Tangible deliverables of a formal Partnering process may include a communications and roles matrix, a charter (mission, goals and guidelines), an issue resolution process and agreements, action plans, evaluation methods, meeting follow-up and reporting.

Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) was Achen-Gardner's first project with Pima County Department of Transportation and this is our first Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award. We look forward to more partnering opportunities with Pima County Department of Transportation and other agencies across the Southwest.

Visit the Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) project page on our website to see more project information and photos.

Register Now for the Mike Kolling Golf Tournament


Our annual memorial golf tournament/fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Achen-Gardner presents the Tenth Annual Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, April 21, 2017 at San Marcos Golf Resort and invites you once again to join us. The tournament has served to financially support local engineering and construction students at the three major universities here in Arizona – Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

To date, the Tournament has funded more than $192,000 in scholarships at the three universities.

Mike was a tremendous supporter of our industry, and we’re very honored to have the opportunity to give back to the educational community in his memory. We also feel it is important to continue the tournament and support of student scholarships to the extent that we all can. We keep our tournament sponsorship fees as low as possible to encourage your ongoing support in keeping the scholarships funded.

San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ will be hosting our tournament this year. Don’t forget to register early to hold your foursome! You can easily fill-in the attached form on your computer and email it back to Karen Bilby at and follow up with a check in the mail. Please provide your email contact information so we can easily follow up with confirmations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Safety Milestone

Achen-Gardner Construction is proud to annouce we have worked more than one million man-hours without a lost time accident.

In January 2017, Achen-Gardner officially surpassed one million man-hours without a lost time accident. To date we have not had a lost time accident since 2012. Maintaining a safe construction project is our top priorty. We are excited to announce this milestone and celebrate our commitment to safety. Please visit the safety page on our website for more information and a great video featuring Cesar Martinez, Achen-Gardner's Safety Director.


Achen-Gardner Among Chandler's Top 100 Companies

Achen-Gardner Construction is honored to be one of the City of Chandler's Top 100 Companies in 2016.

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has recognized the top 100 distinguished stakeholder businesses in Chandler and Achen-Gardner was ranked #82 on the list. The Chandler Chamber ranks the companies based on physical presence in Chandler and the number of paid full time employees in Chandler. Achen-Gardner attended the Chandler 100 Ceremony on October 26, 2016 at Quantum Helicopters and recieved an official certificate and a unique metal award.

56th Street Project Wins Crescordia Award

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Achen-Gardner Construction's 56th Street Reconstruction CMAR project has won Arizona Forward's most prestigious Environmental Excellence Award.

We are very excited to announce that our Town of Paradise Valley 56th Street Reconstruction CMAR project has been awarded a Crescordia award in the Healthy Communities - Multimodal Transportation & Connectivity category. The award was presented at Arizona Forward’s 36th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony on September 10, 2016, at the Arizona Grand Resort. Arizona Forward initiated the Environmental Excellence Awards in 1980 to recognize outstanding contributions to the physical environment of local communities. The program has grown significantly and now serves as a benchmark for promoting sustainability, conserving natural resources, and preserving our unique desert environment for future generations. Since introducing the Environmental Excellence Awards program, the coveted Crescordia — a Greek term which means “To Grow in Harmony” — has been given as the highest honor in each category.

This is the first Crescordia for a project constructed by Achen-Gardner though we did recieve Arizona Forward Awards of Merit for two past projects: City of Phoenix's Centennial Way Federal Aid Transportation Enhancement project and the City of Chandler's South Arizona Avenue Corridor Improvements project.

The 56th Street Reconstruction project has won many other state and national awards. See the project page for more information.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this project!
Project Owner: Town of Paradise Valley
CMAR/General Contractor: Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC
Designer: The CK Group, Inc.
Major Subconsultants: EPG (Landscape Architect), Service Engineering Design Consultants (El Chorro Wall), National Sign Plazas, Inc. (Wayfinding Signage)
Major Subcontractors: MakPro Services (Public Outreach), B&F Contracting, Inc. (Electrical), ISS Grounds Control, Inc. (Landscaping), RGG United Contractors, Inc. (El Chorro Wall), Magnum Companies (Custom Metal Elements), Integrated Masonry (Stone Features), Creative Metals (Gates), European Pavers (Pavers), SmithCraft Custom Signs & Graphics (Wayfinding Signage)