The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) won First Place in the Infrastructure International Category of the 2022 Premio Obras CEMEX or the CEMEX Building Award 2022, announced during the ceremonies held at the Hyatt Regency Polanco in Mexico City recently.
CCLEX, currently the longest bridge in the country at 8.9 kilometers, was built by the Cebu Cordova Link Joint venture composed of Spain-based Acciona Construccion, S.A., and Philippine-based firms First Balfour and DMCI. CCLEX connects mainland Cebu from Cebu City to Cordova town on Mactan Island.
“Thank you very much for this nomination; we are very proud of this award, especially for the Filipino people. On behalf of the contractors, the Cebu Link Joint Venture, particularly Acciona, DMCI, and First Belfour, thank you very much,” said Engineer Benjamin Dublin, Acting Project Director from Cebu Link Joint Venture, when he accepted the award.
“We would like to also extend our thanks to CEMEX Philippines for helping us through thick and thin for the successful project and also for the organizers, the CEMEX board of directors; thank you very much,” Dublin added.
The CEMEX Building Award is an initiative created and organized by CEMEX to recognize the best of architecture and construction works in the world, including the people who make these works possible, such as architects, engineers, investors, and builders. It is one of the most recognized awards in the construction industry, as it encourages creativity, sustainability, and innovation.
“The CEMEX Building Award is an opportunity to remain close to our clients and offer a space to exhibit the best of construction on a global level,” said Fernando González, CEMEX CEO. “It is a recognition of these projects’ significant contribution to building a better future through innovation and sustainability in construction.”
CEMEX Philippines, through its subsidiary APO Cement Corporation, was the exclusive cement supplier of CCLEX.
“This recognition is a tribute to the excellent construction and design processes of CLJV, and we are proud to be the main cement supplier and partner in this landmark project that creates value for present and future generations,” said Luis Franco, President of CEMEX Philippines.
“We look forward to continuing promoting the best and most sustainable projects through the exchange of creative ideas and construction innovation aimed at building a better and more sustainable future,” Franco added.
CEMEX Philippines Team and First Balfour receiving the Award during the Premio Obras CEMEX 2022 ceremonies in Mexico City.
Premio Obras 2022 received 394 projects in its Mexico Edition, of which 21 works were recognized in their respective categories and special prizes. For the International Edition, the jury selected 26 finalist projects from 11 countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, Philippines, France, Jamaica, Mexico, Montenegro, Panama, and Poland.
The jury for this edition was made up of renowned architects and engineers from six countries: Colombia, the United States, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The judges evaluated the projects for their construction and architecture processes and solutions, as well as the incorporation of sustainable attributes and value creation.