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|Engineering Excellence Awards|
ACEC California is pleased to announce the 2016 Engineering Excellence Award winners. Fourteen projects were named Honor Award winners, Thirteen projects received Merit Awards and the Golden State Award (the top award) went to Walter P Moore for their work on the Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport. The award winners where announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet on Thursday, January 28 in San Diego at the Hard Rock Hotel. See the ACEC California press release here and for photos of the Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet, Click here.
Congratulations to Walter P Moore
ACEC California's 2016 Golden State Award Winner!
Walter P Moore
Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport
Walter P Moore was the structural engineer for the design-build team that delivered this iconic and innovative new tower. Its performance-based structural design for seismic and wind loads established several industry firsts and its distinctive offset design improves aviation safety for 1,100 daily aircraft and 47 million passengers each year.
California Department of Water Resources Urban Levee Evaluation Project
AECOM was the prime and lead program consultant supporting the California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR’s) Urban Levee Evaluation project (ULE), which entailed the assessment of 415 miles of levees that protect urban centers in the Central Valley. Evaluating the risk of levee failures; investigation and analysis of ways that levees fail; identification of locations with possible deficiencies; and identification of needed levee improvements to achieve flood risk reduction. AECOM’s role encompassed planning, executing, and reporting of all aspects of this complex, multi-faceted, multi-staged $84 million project, as well as managing the input from more than 25 sub-consultants and technical vendors.
LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement
Arup was the Engineer-of-Record and Prime consultant to the Clark/McCarthy Joint Venture team for the new 75,000 SF, $423M CUP. Considered the first sustainable utility plant at any US Airport, the LAX CUP is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and will be approximately 25% more energy efficient than the 50-year old facility it replaced. Arup’s innovative design saved the airport nearly $20 million in capital costs and is expected to save $7 million each year in operating costs. The new CUP serves as the pumping heart for all terminals at LAX – the 5th busiest airport in the world.
Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc.
Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River
Contracted as the prime consultant and structural engineer, Biggs Cardosa Associates managed this cardinal project to an expedited completion by channeling the focus and efforts of a passionate team of stakeholders on the common goal of success. These stakeholders included: California Department of Transportation, LA County Flood Control District, United States Army Corps of Engineers and Southern California Edison. Together they were able to receive approval of environmental permits, approval for doing construction work in the San Gabriel River, coordinating the relocation or protect in place of multiple utilities, and acquire 27 roadway slope and temporary construction easements
Carollo Engineers, Inc.
Delano biottta™ Wellhead Nitrate Treatment Demonstration Project
Carollo was contracted by the city as the prime consultant for this efficient and cost-effective system that uses naturally-occurring bacteria to treat a wide range of groundwater contaminants while eliminating traditional, environmentally harmful waste streams, increasing water recovery rates, and reducing treatment costs. The pre-packaged and custom-designed biottta™ system is a potential solution to address a growing nitrate contamination problem among agricultural communities throughout the Midwest and West Coast.
R.B. Oliver Bridge Replacement
Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc.
San Francisco Zoo - South American Rain Forest Exhibit
During design and up to the establishment of the guaranteed maximum price, HNTB contracted directly with the 49ers. Turner Construction and Devcon Construction provided pre-construction services under a separate contract with the 49ers. With the establishment of the GMP, HNTB then contracted with TDJV to complete the construction documents and provide construction administration support. The new 68,500-seat stadium is a dynamic sports and entertainment destination accommodating a wide range of sporting, concert, community and world class events. It embraces a progressive approach to sustainability and cutting-edge technology, is reflective of the surrounding region and is the first LEED Gold National Football League stadium.
Phase 1 of the EWA Energy Program - Alternative Fuel Receiving Facilities
In an effort to achieve energy independence, Kennedy/Jenks was contracted by Encinas Wastewater Authority to provide support for this project from its conception in the Energy & Emissions Strategic Plan through construction and commissioning including: the initial design concept, identification of funding sources, methods for implementing the design, selection of a design-build team, represent the owner during design, construction and startup as well as developing general operating strategies for the system to optimize digester gas production with alternative fuels delivery. The AFRF provides a local facility where private haulers of organic liquid waste such as fats, oils and grease (FOG) can dispose of their collections. Once delivered to the AFRF, these materials are screened, stored and distributed to the existing anaerobic digesters where additional methane biogas can be produced and used to generate electricity and/or offset natural gas demand.
Mark Thomas & Company
I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek Boulevard Interchange Project
MTCo served as the Prime Consultant for the project, providing support to VTA on preliminary engineering, environmental clearance, final design, and construction. The overall project is a complex $63 million transportation project provides a freeway-to-freeway direct connector, access to Winchester Boulevard and a interchange reconfiguration to provide a combination of partial cloverleaf and diamond configuration. This project is a first phase implementation and improves traffic operations and safety by eliminating weaving and merging movements as well as provides additional traffic capacity adjacent to large, regional shopping malls. The project also included improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities and bus rapid transit (BRT) accommodations.
McMillen Jacobs Associates
McMillen Jacobs Association led the design team on this $288 million project, the first-ever tunnel bored under San Francisco Bay. It replaces San Francisco PUC’s aging Hetch Hetchy water pipelines, which presently extend across the Bay on wooden trestles. The tunnel was successfully excavated 5 miles under the Bay with no intermediate shafts, using a 15-footdiameter earth pressure balance tunnel boring machine. The Bay Tunnel is a critical lifeline facility that ensures delivery of drinking water to over 2.4 million SFPUC customers in the Bay Area following a major seismic event. It was completed on time and under budget.
Stover Engineering and COWI
Crescent City Harbor Inner Boat Basin Reconstruction Project
In 2010, following the 2006 tsunami, Stover Engineering and COWI (formerly Ben C. Gerwick, Inc.) were selected by the Owner to design a more resilient marina and evaluate the existing configuration for the current fleet of vessels. This $32.7 million tsunami-damage repair project is the first known marina in North America to be designed to specifically withstand a significant tsunami event. Marinas currently have no established design criteria for tsunamis thus this project required sound engineering judgment to justify the repairs to both funding and permitting agencies. Modeling performed to establish the tsunami loads was validated by a subsequent tsunami that occurred prior to final design of the project. Construction was performed overcoming tight schedules and environmental challenges. Construction started in June 2012 and was substantially completed in February 2014.
South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility Expansion
STV, as part of the design-build team that was led by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, provided a range of design services for this San Diego Metropolitan Transit System facility expansion which received LEED Silver certification. The San Diego Association of Governments was the project owner. This expansion allows MTS to house nearly twice as many buses and features such sustainable elements as natural daylighting, photovoltaic electricity generation, a high-performance building envelope, and a bus wash with a highly efficient water reclamation system.
T.Y. Lin International
I-805 Carroll Canyon Road and HOV Extension
T.Y. Lin International was contracted by Caltrans District 11 to design and develop innovative structures around challenging site constraints to assist them in creating an effective project that would alleviate traffic congestion for the local community and promote economic recovery in the San Diego region. T.Y. Lin International was a critical component in the success of this project that was completed on time and within budget.
Arcadis U.s, Inc.- Environmental Remediation Services for Nine Sites at Sierra Army Depot
Arcadis U.s, Inc.- North Operations and IT Management Building, POLB Middle Harbor Redevelopment
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc.- Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project
Drake Haglan & Associates - Alpine Meadows Road Bridge Replacement over Truckee River
Green Valley Consulting Engineers - Fort Bragg Coastal Restoration and Trail Project
HDR- Los Osos Wastewater Project Collection System
Infrastructure Engineering Corporation- San Elijo Hills Pump Station
Kleinfelder, Inc.- Main Street Bridge Over Murrieta Creek
Kleinfelder, Inc.- California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Levee Evaluation Program (LEP)
Michael Baker International- Sewer System Rehabilitation and Repair Program
MNS Engineers, Inc.-Ranchero Road Interchange at I-15
Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group- In-Lieu Groundwater Recharge Project
Stantec- Carpinteria Sanitary District South Coast Beach Communities Septic to Sewer Project - Rincon Point
KOA Corporation - OCTA Bikeway Strategy and Feasibility Studies for Supervisorial District 5
Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group - Kashian Park Beautification Project
Rick Engineering Company - H Street Extension
ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes private sector engineering and land surveying design projects that standout based on quality; complexity; innovation and client satisfaction.
GENERAL ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS PROGRAM TIMELINE
June 1st Intent to Enter forms are mailed to all ACEC California members