Flatiron, one of the largest transportation and infrastructure contractors in North America, beat 12 other nationally recognized projects to take home the Associated General Contractors/Aon Grand Award for the I-35W Bridge replacement in Minneapolis, Minn. This award is the highest honor given by the AGC for the most significant construction project of 2008.

Flatiron, with joint venture partner Manson Construction, worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to rebuild the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River after the old bridge collapsed in August 2007. The team completed the new interstate bridge on budget and three months ahead of schedule.

Incoming AGC president Doug Pruitt said that the I-35W Bridge was selected not only for the team's hard work and diligence, but also because the project was crucial to rebuilding Americans' confidence in the safety of the nation's bridges, according to a statement released by the AGC.

Flatiron's project manager Peter Sanderson, assistant project manager Bob Edwards from Manson and others accepted the award on behalf of the entire team during an awards ceremony at the AGC National Convention on Friday, March 6, in San Diego, Calif.