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Air Force Association to salute AMEC Chairman for company’s ‘outstanding leadership’ in Pentagon renovation and rebuilding

16 September 2002


Washington, DC (16 September 2002) -- The Air Force Association (AFA) has selected Sydney Gillibrand, C.B.E., Chairman of international engineering and services firm AMEC as the 2002 co-recipient of its coveted “John R. Alison Award for Industrial Leadership” in recognition of AMEC’s role in renovating and hardening the Pentagon prior to September 11 and its reconstruction after the terrorist attack.

The award will be presented to Mr. Gillibrand during a ceremony at the 2002 AFA National Convention, 15-18 September 2002 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.

In inviting Mr. Gillibrand to accept the award, AFA National President John J. Politi saluted AMEC as an “industrial leader that has contributed most significantly to national defense” and cited the company’s “outstanding industrial leadership while renovating and rebuilding the Pentagon after the September 11th terrorist attack.”

On September 11 2001, AMEC was in the final stages of a major renovation and hardening project at the Pentagon that included a portion of the building that was struck by the hijacked airplane.

In the renovation of the Pentagon’s Wedge 1, AMEC implemented a building hardening system that included floor-to-ceiling steel reinforcing beams and walls lined with strong fibrous Kevlar-like material similar to that found in bulletproof vests. Whilst, blast-resistant glass, nearly two inches thick, was also installed in the windows.

“Had it not been for that, you would have had a much larger collapse and perhaps many more casualties,” Lee Evey, Manager of the Pentagon Renovation project, said at a Department of Defense news briefing days after Sept. 11. After the terrorist attacks, crews from AMEC worked around-the-clock, seven days a week, completing the demolition and the removal of the damaged structure in one month, half the time of initial expectations.

AMEC also played a leadership role in the Pentagon’s successful Phoenix Project, the primary goal of which was to re-build the Pentagon and have employees return to the offices destroyed by the anniversary of the attacks. This goal was met a month ahead of schedule.

The AFA award, named after a former World War II flying ace, is the latest in a series of commendations AMEC has earned for its role at the Pentagon. AMEC's work was cited in the US Congressional Record on March 19, 2002, and a Congressional House Resolution has been passed "commending the great work that the Pentagon Renovation Program and its contractors have completed thus far, in reconstructing the portion of the Pentagon that was destroyed by the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001".

In addition to its special role at the Pentagon, AMEC also had a leadership role in managing the rescue, recovery and cleanup activities at the World Trade Center.

AMEC was the only company with such key responsibilities at both disaster sites.

About AFA 
The Air Force Association (AFA) is an independent, nonprofit, civilian organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation.

About AMEC 
AMEC is a leading international provider of specialised services and engineering solutions for clients in manufacturing, commercial, infrastructure and process industries. AMEC applies knowledge, innovation and technology to generate value for clients throughout the life of their capital assets.

AMEC owns 46 per cent of SPIE S.A., the international electrical engineering, infrastructure and construction services company based in France, and has an option to buy the balance of SPIE in 2002. Together, AMEC and SPIE employ 50,000 people in close to 50 countries and have annualised revenue approaching US$ 8 billion.


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