Recently, one of the most critical projects in the SFPUC’s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) received a special honor. The Alameda Siphon No. 4 (AS4) project, which includes the construction of a new siphon to help ensure water delivery to customers after a major earthquake, won the “2010 Pipeline of the Year” award from the Steel Plate Fabricators Association. The Steel Plate Fabricators Association is a major trade association of manufacturers that fabricates steel construction products. Ameron International was the pipe fabricator on the contractor’s team led by Steve P. Rados, Inc.
“With this award, the entire AS4 team is being recognized nationally for this project, which has included overcoming challenges to ensure its success. This award is appropriate as the work on this project has explored the limits of complicated pipeline construction”, explained Harvey Elwin, the SFPUC Deputy Director for Construction for the WSIP.
The Alameda Siphon No. 4 project was also one of the regional WSIP projects recognized in November 2010 for achieving over 1 million safe working hours without major injuries since April 2009. All construction work for the Alameda Siphon No. 4 project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
The project included a pipe manifold which involved a series of compound angles and complex field welding.