Gannett Fleming, Inc., was recognized for its role in keeping Washington, D.C., area workers safe during recent renovations at four transit stations. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) awarded a Chief Engineer Infrastructure Services Award for safety on April 15, 2014, to the project team responsible for an innovation to safeguard workers at the Forest Glen, Cleveland Park, Shaw-Howard, and Capitol Heights metro stops. The award is an element of WMATA’s safety program designed to recognize exceptional safety achievement. Mikhail P. Samsonov, EIT, a project manager in Gannett Fleming’s Construction Management group in Fairfax, Virginia, was a member of the project team.
The award-winning team, under the leadership of WMATA’s Construction Engineer Chen Zhou, CCE, PSP, EVP, PMP, MBA, designed temporary safety barricades for tile installation projects at various WMATA platforms.
The barricades were designed to prevent the tile installers from falling onto the adjacent railway tracks. As installation work was performed overnight, the barricades were placed at the beginning of the shift and removed and stored prior to the station’s opening.
“Mikhail is an asset to our firm and has proven himself an asset to our clients,” said Raymond S. Deering, DBIA, construction project manager. “The addition of the barricades was instrumental in maintaining WMATA’s safety standards during the tile installation phase. We’re proud of Mikhail’s contributions and pleased that WMATA recognized his efforts.”
The firm has enjoyed a working relationship with WMATA for more than 40 years. The agency was created in 1967 to operate a regional transit system in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and currently operates 86 stations and has 106 mile of track in addition to 1,500 buses and a paratransit service.
Samsonov holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor of science in earth science from George Mason University. He is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.