VA Awards History

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External Awards

AASHTO Value Engineering Awards Biennial
Year District Project Award Type
2013 03 Roadside Safety Audits/VA on SR-16 Capay Valley Honorable Mention Most Value Added Proposal
2010 HQ Value of Document Retrieval System Most Value Added Proposal
2009 11 I-5 and I-8 Northbound Connectors Most Value Added Proposal
2009 HQ Discovery of Utility Facilities for Project Development Honorable Mention Most Value Added Proposal
2009 07 New SR-138 Honorable Mention Most Value Added Proposal
2007 04 Geotech Inv. Antioch & Dumbarton Bridge Most Value Improved Process Study
2005 07 Reducing Trash Total Maximum Daily Load Most Value Added Process Study
2003 07 Ventura 101 Improvement Mussell Shoals to La Conchita Most Value Added
2003 04 SFOBB East Bay Crossing Replacement Most Innovative
2003 11 Right Away Decertification Most Value Added

Internal Awards

Three awards are presented each year to recognize people and their acomplishments within the Caltrans VA Program.

  • "Value Engineering Study of the Year" Award
  • "E. Darwin Spartz - Excellence in Value Engineering" Award
  • "Value Analysis Coordinator of the Year" Award

Award Descriptions and Recipients

Three awards are presented each fiscal year to recognize the accomplishments within the Caltrans VA Program. The FHWA, California Division is the sponsor of the "alue Engineering Study of the Year" while Caltrans is the sponsor of the "E. Darwin Spartz Excellence in Value Analysis Award". A third award: "District Value Analysis Coordinator of the Year Award" was developed to recognize the importance of the District Value Analysis Coordinator to the VA Program.

FHWA/CT Award: "Value Engineering Study of the Year" Award

Purpose of Award: To recognize outstanding implemented results from a particular VA/VE study completed in a given fiscal year. This award is sponsored by the California Division of FHWA

Award Criteria:

  1. Solving Problems
  2. Innovative Solutions
  3. Performance Improvements (expressed in percentage)
    1. Improving Public Image
    2. Reducing Construction Time
    3. Expediting Project Delivery
    4. Improving Operations
    5. Improving Environmental
    6. Increase Maintainability
  4. Live Cycle Cost Savings
  5. Total Cost Savings

Award Recipients

"Value Engineering Study of the Year" Award
Fiscal Year District Project
2013-2014 07 LA-138 High Desert Corridor
2012-2013 08 I-10 Express Lane Widening
2011-2012 07 ACE Fairway Drive Grade Separation
2010-2011 07 LA I-5 PCC Rehabilitation

Caltrans Award: "E. Darwin Spartz - Excellence in Value Engineering" Award

Purpose of Award: To recognize the excellent application of VE/VA within the Department of Transportation made by Districts, as a whole, or certain individuals that have made significant contributions to the VA Program in a given fiscal year.

Award Criteria:

  1. Improvement in the District's VA program
  2. Leadership in the use of VA
  3. Commitment to the implementation of VA recommendations
  4. Unique utilization of VA of highway projects

Award Recipients:

"E. Darwin Spartz - Excellence in Value Engineering" Award
Fiscal Year District Recipient
2013-2014 07 Elaheh Yadegar
2012-2013   No Nominee
2011-2012 HQ Terry Abbott
2010-2011 08 Cliff Shieh

Caltrans Award: "Value Analysis Coordinator of the Year" Award

Purpose of Award: To recognize the important role that the District Value Analysis Coordinator contributes to the success, or lack thereof, of the Value Analysis Program within the Department of Transportation. The nominations are the District Value Analysis Coordinators from a given District or Region.

Award Criteria:

  1. Promoting the "value" and need for Value Analysis (VA) to Caltrans' employees, local agencies, and others.
  2. Exceptional effort in finding and providing qualified District staff to participate on studies.
  3. Number of studies completed in FY percent of workplan.
  4. Total number of studies with implemented results.
  5. Maintaining a good pool of District employees with recent VA Training.
  6. Assist other Coordinators with VA Program.
  7. Consistent correspondence with the HQ VA Program.

Award Recipients:

"Value Analysis Coordinator of the Year" Award
Fiscal Year District Project
2013-2014 07 Albert Androas
2012-2013 04 Binh Dang
2011-2012 08 Anthony Robinson
2010-2011 07 Duke Nguyen

 

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