October. 24, 2012
LAS VEGAS – Rudy Malfabon, director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, received the J.A. Tiberti Spirit Award during the Las Vegas chapter of the Associated General Contractors and the Nevada Contractors Association’s annual Contractor of the Year Awards luncheon last week at the Orleans Hotel-Casino. The annual honor recognizes innovation, leadership and pioneering contribution to the construction industry.
The J.A. Tiberti Spirit Award is the AGC/NCA’s highest honor awarded to an individual. Tito Tiberti, son of J.A. Tiberti and president and chief executive officer of J.A. Tiberti Construction, presented the award to the director. The awards committee recognized Malfabon’s effort to champion alternative procurement methods such as design-build and public private partnerships, while fostering greater industry cooperation that has led to reduced change orders and improved owner-contractor relations.
In March, NDOT was named “Transportation Owner of the Year” in the southwestern United States by Engineering News-Record/Southwest magazine for its design-build projects on I-15 South, I-15 North, West Mesquite Interchange and I-80 (Reno) Design-Build projects. In design-build projects, final phases of construction are often designed at the same time as earlier phases are built, reducing project length and cost. In addition, both design and construction are contracted through a single contractor, minimizing project risk and offering greater project innovation and collaboration.
Malfabon has worked for NDOT for more than 25 years. As director, he is responsible for the daily operations of a department with more than 1,800 employees and an annual operating budget topping $800 million. His goals include enhancing communication, coordination and customer service with agency partners, elected officials, contractors and the general public to prioritize transportation funding needs, projects and activities across the state. “I was honored to receive the award, particularly to be nominated by the Tibertis,” Malfabon said. “They are a well-known construction family that has built projects in Las Vegas for decades and their company has been recognized as one of the leading contractors in Las Vegas. This award is a recognition of all of NDOT’s efforts and I accept it on behalf of all the employees of the Nevada Department of Transportation.”
Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.