The Meridian combined many of the positive characteristics found in the best construction projects: team work, community improvement, aesthetic value, and recognition. RiverBend partnered with General Contractor John Hyland Construction from Eugene, and concrete subcontractor Marion Construction of Salem. A high level of cooperation supported the project, which replaced a worn-down economy hotel. The finished product is beautiful, valuable, and a new part of Salem’s vibrant downtown. The Meridian was one of 11 statewide winners of the 2009 Excellence in Concrete award, presented by the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association.