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2006: The Year in Construction

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Selected from hundreds that were submitted, this year's "Images of the Year in Construction" features photographs that best capture the mood and flavor of construction during 2006. Full Story

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Photographer: Mike Manoski
Submitter: Dottie Hutchins

Manoski, working for Cianbro Corp., a Pittsfield, Maine-based steel erector, snapped an "in-spire-ational" photo of ironworkers cladding the $30-million U.S. Air Force Memorial in stainless steel. The three-spire concrete structure, which looks like contrails from a split plane formation, was completed in October. The energetic sculpture, which stands 270 ft in Arlington, Va., was designed by the late James Ingo Freed.