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RE of the Year Reza Jahromi stands next to District 7 Construction Deputy Roy Fisher (Right) and Senior RE Ron Longazo. On the far left is Fekade Mesfin, Office Chief, Construction Engineering Management.

District 7 Construction Division Reaps A Bumper Crop of Awards
by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 03/2012

Caltrans strikes gold at Construction awards.

This awards season, District 7 cleaned up, bringing home numerous prestigious awards.

We won the State Excellence in Partnering Award Gold Medal for a pavement reconstruction project on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) from the Century Freeway (I-105) to Firestone Boulevard. Congratulations to RE Hussein Saad, contractor Sully Miller and the entire construction team. Nice work! The award will be presented in Sacramento on May 9.

The district also won FIVE gold medals in the Partnering Success in Motion Awards. Those projects were: the Harbor Freeway (SR-110) auxiliary lanes in downtown Los Angeles (Flatiron Construction); HOV lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) from I-605 to Puente Avenue (Flatiron Construction); HOV lanes on I-5 from the Hollywood Freeway (SR-170) to the Ronald Reagan Freeway (SR-118) (Flatiron Construction); the I-10 Pavement Reconstruction Project from I-5 to I-605 (Atkinson Contractors; and the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) Pavement Replacement Project in Diamond Bar and Pomona (Chumo Construction Inc.). There also were several silver award winners.

Individual awards went to Reza Jahromi, who was named RE of the Year, and Andrew Ponzi, Structures Rep of the Year.

Congratulations to all the District 7 winners. You make us proud! Put 'er there, pardner!

Structures Rep of the Year Andrew Ponzi (center) surrounded by DES-OSC Area Construction Manager Office E Ken Bocchicchio (Left) and District 7 Construction Deputy Roy Fisher. Left to right: Syed Huq, Project Manager; Roy Fisher; Derek Sim, Senior TE; Ragy Sami, RE; Ben Cloud, Project Manager for Flatiron West, Inc. 
The project involves constructing auxiliary lanes and modifying ramps on SR-110. Left to right: Area Senior Ghassan Dagher;  Toby Krutz, Projec Manager for Flatiron West, Inc.; Emile Eid, RE; Issam Abumuhor, Senior TE; Roy Fisher.
Project Details: Construct HOV Lanes, and connectors and replace slabs on I-5. Left to right: Jiwanjit Palaha, Caltrans Project Manager; Martin Sandoval, RE; Yanina Bashoura, Senior TE; Mike Kotel, Project Manager, Chumo Construction, Inc.
Project Details: Pavement reconstruction on SR-60.