Oftedal Construction, Inc. was honored in March of 2014 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) for completing the Togwotee Trail Project. Partnering with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and a host of federal, state and local agencies, communities and interest groups, Oftedal Construction, Inc. began construction on the Togwotee Trail highway project in the summer of 2008. The project was a complete reconstruction of a 38-mile stretch of highway between Moran Jct, WY and Dubois, WY. Located in mountainous terrain at elevations between 8,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level, the renovation project featured new shoulders, eight new passing lanes, several slide stabilization styrofoam fills, horizontal drains, bridge replacement, wetland mitigation, pullouts for recreational parking and several under-crossings for snowmobilers and wildlife. For Oftedal, the project spanned five years and at $120.7 million, was the largest construction endeavor ever undertaken in the state of Wyoming at the time. Oftedal is the only Wyoming contractor to ever receive such a nationally recognized award.
“Projects like these reflect the qualities – elite skill, diligence and resolve that have made the construction industry successful. These contractors are setting the standard of excellence in our industry.” Paul Diederich – AGCA President
Work was completed on time and under budget. Both Oftedal and our many subcontractors and other project partners kept an unwavering focus on safety and the environment, while exceeding the needs and expectations of the traveling public and local residents.
“We are extremely proud that a Montana company has earned one of the most prestigious awards in America for construction excellence. Oftedal Construction has been one of the region’s premier construction firms for many years, and we are pleased they have been recognized by the AGC of America for their expertise.” Cary Hegreber – Montana Contractors’ Association Executive Director.
The Alliant Build America Awards highlights the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual 2014 convention in Las Vegas, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.
It was good to be compared to other projects and to actually be recognized for all the hard work that we the excellent work that Oftedal did. It is very exciting that we actually won this award against so many big contractors and big projects in other states. Kaia Tharp – Resident Engineer WYDOT
Oftedal celebrates 50 years of business in 2014. What began as a small family owned business in 1964 has developed into a premier employee owned construction company employing nearly 250 people at peak season employment. Our employees remain motivated and determined to continue building on the strong construction legacy that so many current and previous Oftedal employees helped build over the last half century. The skill, determination and know how that built Togwotee shall continue to be applied on every Oftedal project for decades to come.