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10 May 2004

Boston Central Artery jacked tunnels project wins 10th award

Alan Powderham, from management, development and engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald, was project director for the Boston Central Artery jacked tunnels initiative which has won a 2004 Nova Award for innovation – its tenth award.

The award was presented by the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF) - an international, non-profit organization formed in 1987 to recognize and encourage innovation that improves quality and reduces cost of construction.

The award was made for the team’s design and specialist construction advice and supervision on the Boston Central Artery jacked tunnels project in the USA – the largest of its kind in the world. The project involved jacking three full-size interstate highway tunnels, the largest well over 100 metres long each with sections weighing up to 30 000 tonnes, under an operating commuter railway in downtown Boston.

“Innovation on projects thrives on teamwork and shared success,” says Alan Powderham, the team’s leader and a Mott MacDonald director. “To provide innovation – which is the successful delivery of a creative idea – a team needs to work as a cohesive, unified force and this award is testament of that achievement.”


From left to right in the photo are: Peter Van Dyke (of contractor jv Slattery - Skanska, Interbeton, White and Perini), Steve Taylor (Hatch Mott MacDonald), Patricia Galloway (American Society of Civil Engineers' President), Alan Powderham, Chan Rogers (of designer jv Maguire-Harris).
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