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R.F. Jordan receives 2013 Build Maine Award for work on dam

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ELLSWORTH, Maine — R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction Inc. of Ellsworth was awarded the 2013 Build Maine Award during a meeting on April 10 of the Maine Associated General Contractors of America  in Augusta.

Jordan was recognized for its work on the Great Works Dam removal project. The dam had stretched across the Penobscot River from Old Town to Bradley. This project was thought to be especially significant culturally and ecologically for the Penobscot Nation because it was considered an integral part of the overall restoration of the Penobscot River, and would improve  access for fish to their natural habitat, according to a press release.

The original plan called for removal of the dam in two phases over two construction seasons, but R.F. Jordan had an innovative plan that allowed completion of the project in one season while cutting down on costs related to trucking and cofferdam materials and riprap, according to AGC’s website.

According to AGC, R.F. Jordan’s plan eliminated 80 percent of the trucking needed to move riprap and 90 percent of the trucking needed for relocating timber cribbing. By using the dam as the upstream cofferdam, R.F. Jordan eliminated the need for about 33 percent of the heavy riprap called for in the original plan.

R.F. Jordan crews worked approximately 11,000 hours with no recordable injuries, and worked closely with the Penobscot River Restoration Trust to avoid upsetting environmentally sensitive areas, according to AGC.