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Gene Van Wagner
Kiewit Infrastructure West, Inc.
Southwest District 
3888 East Broadway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85040-2924
Office: (602) 437-7868  
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An Interview with 
Gene Van Wagner,
Senior Vice President and District Manager 

Founded in 1884, Kiewit is a local, national and international company with an expansive reach and the ability to mobilize strong teams to any location. Kiewit has been at the Phoenix location since 1963. The company operates primarily as a general contractor. Markets include transportation, water/wastewater, mining, building, oil, gas and chemical, and power. Delivery methods include Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC), Design-Build (DB), Design-Build, Operate, Maintain (DBOM), Design-Build, Operate, Finance (DBOF), Design-Build, Finance (DBF), and Public-Private Partnership (P3).
Kiewit is an employee owned company. Local contacts include:
Gene Van Wagner - Senior Vice President and District Manager
Jody Schott - District Operational Manager
Yvette LeDesma - Business Development Manager
Michael Carrell - District Engineer
Mitch Ellingson - District OCC Manager
Christi Pilutik - Human Resources Business Partner
Shannon Wright - Senior Business Manager
Why are you a member of AZAGC?
GVW:  To stay involved with issues facing our industry, gain valuable knowledge, have the ability to voice our opinion, drive change, and to help shape the outcome.
What awards have you or your company received? 
GVH:  Some awards earned over the past 10 years include: 
2015 Marvin M. Black Partnering in Excellence Award - AGC of America, 2015, Draper LRT Extension DB
2015 AGC Alliant Build America Award Winner, 2015, SouthEast Connector CMAR
2014 ENR Best Project - Airport/Transit Category, 2014, PSHIA Sky Train Stage 1A
2014 DBIA Project of the Year, 2014, Denver Union Station
2014 DBIA Design-Build Merit Award, 2014, Draper LRT Extension DB
2014 ASCE Transportation Project of the Year, 2015, SouthEast Connector CMAR
2014 Arizona Chapter of ASLA - Award of Excellence, Tres Rios Phase III
2014 APWA Public Works Project of the Year, Tres Rios Phase III
2014 APWA Nevada Chapter Project of the Year - Transportation Project Greater Than $20 Million, 2015, SouthEast Connector CMAR
2014 AGC of America - Highway &Transportation New, Airport TRAX Extension CMGC
2014 AGC in the Community Award, Habitat for Humanity Home Building, Glendale, AZ
2013 Aon Build America Award, SR 101 HOV Design-Build, Phoenix, AZ
2012 AGC Build Arizona Award, Tres Rios Reclamation, Phoenix, AZ
2012 AGC Build Arizona Award, Deer Valley WTP, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, SR 202 Widening, Design-Build, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Aon Build America Award, Val Vista Water Main Rehabilitation, CMAR, Phoenix, AZ
2010 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, I -10 Widening, Tucson, AZ
2010 Aon Build America Project of the Year, I-10 Widening , Tucson, AZ
2010 AGC Build AZ Award, SR 89 Chino Valley Highway, Chino Valley, AZ
2009 AGC Build Arizona Award, Border Fence Project, Naco, AZ
2009 ACC Arizona Safety Award
2008 National AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award, 1st Place
2007 National AGC Project of the Year, Taxiway S Project, Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ
2006 AGC Arizona Safety Award
2005 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, SR 260 Christopher Creek, Payson, AZ
2005 AGC Arizona Safety Award
2003 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, US 191 - Black Hills, Safford, AZ
2003 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, SR 68, Kingman, AZ
2003 Aon Build America Merit Award, SR68, Kingman, AZ

What is one of the greatest accomplishments you and/or your company has done to help others in the community? 
GVH: The Southwest District's mission is to partner with charities in order to promote awareness, enrich the lives of others, and strengthen the local communities in which we build. Kiewit sponsored the Charity Golf Classic in 2015 supporting the Dylan Earven Foundation and Phoenix Dream Center. We reached our goal of raising $75,000 for the two charities from 30 sponsoring companies and 139 golfers. Volunteers from Kiewit, the Dylan Earven Foundation and Phoenix Dream Center, 18 total, helped make the event a success.

Some of the other recent community activities in which we have participated include:
  • AZ Blood Drive - United Blood Services
  • AZ Food Drive - United Food Bank
  • AZ Christmas Angel - Salvation Army
What message would you say to folks to be successful in this industry?  
GVH:  Stay true to your principles - to your core values: People. Integrity. Excellence. Stewardship. Kiewit's guiding principles are embodied in those four words, and our culture has thrived on these. Our values are the foundation for our success and longevity. We've always remained true to who we are. As our company has evolved and grown, our long-standing ideals have only become more important in running our business the right way.

What else would you like to share with the members of AZAGC?  
GVH: At Kiewit, every client we work with and every project we work on is integrally important to us. With a strong local presence and access to a vast network of resources, we can quickly mobilize high-performing craft workforces and provide the best solutions and value for clients and projects. From the smallest jobs to multi-billion dollar projects, our resources and experience ensure clients receive the highest-quality, hands-on service they've come to expect.  
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