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In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
Mortenson Construction Wins Innovation Award for Virtual Design Construction Technology
Sr. Integrated Construction Manager, Sera Maloney, scores top award in international competition

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Minneapolis-based, Mortenson Construction (Mortenson) today announced that Sera Maloney, PE, of Mortenson Renewable Energy Groups was named as the winner of the Be Inspired Awards in the Innovation in Land Development, Engineering, and Management category. Sponsored by Bentley Systems, the Be Inspired Awards program recognizes the world's most outstanding infrastructure projects.  The projects are submitted by Bentley's software users and judged by a jury of independent experts who select finalists that exemplify innovation, superior vision, and an unwavering commitment to exceptional quality and productivity.  Selected projects within the Innovation in Land Development, Engineering and Management category must demonstrate excellence in planning, engineering, analysis, design, and management of site projects for buildings, plants, environmental, commercial, or governmental campuses.

Mortenson's award submittal was based on their ability to effectively use Virtual Design Construction (VDC) technology to overcome the challenges of  building on environmentally protected lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the Spring Valley Wind project located in Ely, Nevada.  Mortenson modeled each stage of construction to optimize the layout of turbine parts and equipment. Reducing the project footprint by nearly 40 percent per turbine site, it significantly minimized the cultural, historical, and biological impact of construction.  Owned by Pattern Energy, Spring Valley is the first wind project to be built in Nevada.

"We are very proud of Sera's accomplishments with VDC," said Mark Ruffino, vice president of preconstruction for  Mortenson's Renewable Energy Groups.  Sera has been instrumental in introducing our customers within the renewable energy sector to virtual design construction technology and is considered as one of the leading experts in the industry.  We are exceptionally fortunate to have her as a key member of our team."

VDC is a process used to enhance collaboration, reduce time and cost, and foresee project constraints before they occur.  The process uses a CAD created model—typically created in 3D— to virtually build the project before construction begins.  Mortenson is one of the few renewable energy contractors using it today as a standard pre-planning component in the preconstruction process.

Having earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Ms. Maloney is a professional civil engineer with over 20 years of expertise in engineering and virtual design construction technology with an emphasis on the global implementation of high-end technical software and interstate design projects.

About Mortenson Construction
Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family-owned construction company. Ranked as the 19th largest contractor in America, and the largest wind power contractor in the United States, according to Engineering News-Record, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development.

Since entering the renewable energy market in 1995, Mortenson Construction has become the leading builder of wind power facilities in North America having constructed more than 120 wind projects generating over 13,000 megawatts of renewable power throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to wind power, Mortenson's Renewable Energy Groups, also construct facilities that generate solar power and emerging renewables.

Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle with international operations in Canada and China. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Mortenson Construction

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