ACEC California Announces 2019-2020 Scholarship Foundation Recipients

American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) is proud to help support the bright and promising careers of engineering and land surveying students and today announced the recipients of its 2019-2020 Scholarship Foundation awards

ACEC California’s Scholarship Foundation awards annual scholarships to accomplished graduate and undergraduate college students working toward a degree in engineering or land surveying, with the top award recipient nominated to apply for the ACEC National scholarship competition.

ACEC California awarded a total of $42,000 in scholarship funds to 14 students: six graduate students and eight undergraduate students. This year’s scholarship recipients have demonstrated notable achievement in their respective areas of study and a strong interest in pressing policy issues facing California, including: leading an experimental research project studying the fundamental material behavior of hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete; volunteering as leaders in professional associations; working on the California High Speed Train for construction CP 1, from Fresno to Madera; having a passion for sustainability; receiving the WTS Transportation Academy Certification; being recognized in the Agricultural Research Institutes annual report for work done using Ground Penetrating Radar; and conducting soil tests to determine maximum density vs optimum moisture for compaction testing.

For more information about the Scholarship Foundation, click here.

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San Diego Area Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

Honor Awards recipients in the San Diego area include:

*C3_Kleinfelder_GeorgiaStreetBridge_Photo3Kleinfelder in San Diego, CA, for its work on the Georgia Street Bridge Over University Avenue Rehabilitation and Seismic Retrofit in San Diego, CA. This historic structure has been an iconic gateway to San Diego’s North Park neighborhood for 100 years. Deterioration, weakened concrete and severe seismic weaknesses threatened the future of this handsome spandrel arch bridge. This project provided an innovative design that balanced safety, historic preservation, cost, and seismic performance to revitalize an aging arch bridge located in a vibrant community of San Diego.

Michael Baker International, Inc. in San Diego, CA, for its work on the San Diego County Regional Airport Terminal 2 Parking Plaza in San Diego, CA. The three-story parking plaza can accommodate 2,900 vehicles, including contemporary parking technologies and all code-required handicapped, electric and alternative fuel vehicle spaces as well as an added 1,800 spaces to the airport’s parking capacity. In addition to the added parking capacity, Michael Baker’s design also included an innovative, below-ground rainwater storage system with a capacity of almost 100,000 gallons.

*K1_NV5_Sycamore_Transmission_Photo6NV5, Inc. and San Diego Gas & Electric in San Diego, CA, for its work on the Sycamore to Peñasquitos 230kV Transmission Line in San Diego, CA. The Sycamore to Peñasquitos 230kV Transmission Line Project (SX-PQ) extends 15 miles of new 230 kV electric transmission line in San Diego County, CA. The new electric transmission line improves the reliability of the transmission grid in Southern California and enables delivery of renewable energy generated in the desert areas east of San Diego to the load centers in the coastal regions where the power is in demand. The project, which traversed congested city of San Diego streets and crossed the 8-lane Interstate 15 freeway (I-15), used innovative approaches to solve obstacles encountered during the design and construction of the project.

Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City, CA, for its work on the Palomar Community College, Maintenance & Operations Complex in San Marcos, CA. Syska Hennessy Group led the design of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, information and communication technology (ICT), architectural lighting design, and sustainable engineering for a new $15.5-million maintenance and operations (M&O) complex on the San Marcos campus. The new facility will be the first community college building in the world to earn Living Building Petal certification, which is harder to achieve than LEED Platinum certification (which this facility also achieves). The team undertook several strategies to reduce energy and water consumption, making it easier to incorporate on-site renewable generation capable to provide 105 percent of the facilities annual energy demand.

Merit Award recipients in the San Diego area include:

*G7_MichaelBaker_EasternSvc_Photo 2Michael Baker International, Inc. in San Diego, CA, for its work on the Eastern Service Area Secondary Connection Project (ESA SCP) in San Diego County, CA. The project will provide redundant and reliable sustained access to water for nearly 30,000 citizens, even in cases of natural disasters or other emergencies. The firm’s design includes a supply and discharge pipeline, forebay reservoir, pump station, flow control facility, standby generator, and instrumentation and control systems.

Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City, CA, for its work on the San Diego International Airport, New Federal Inspection Station in San Diego, CA. Syska Hennessy Group was part of the design-build team for the new $229.4-million international arrivals facility at San Diego airport. Completed in June 2018, the 130,000-square-foot “bags first” facility is among the first in the nation to implement 100 percent biometric or facial recognition technology for international passengers. 

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award-winning projects can be found here.

Sacramento Area Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

Honor Awards recipients in the Sacramento area include:

*G3_Carollo_Woodland_Aquifer_Photo3Carollo Engineers, Inc. in Sacramento, CA, for its work on the City of Woodland Aquifer Storage and Recovery Wells #29 and #30 in Woodland, CA. The City of Woodland has historically supplied potable water to its residents from groundwater wells. Recently, the city’s water supply has been challenged with regulatory changes to water quality requirements and drought conditions impacting aquifer levels. A regional project was begun to switch to the Sacramento River as a new surface water source. In the transition from groundwater to a higher quality treated surface water supply, the City implemented an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) program to reduce required peak treatment plant capacity, create significant potable water storage, and provide supply resiliency during potential surface water curtailment periods.

Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc. in West Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Facility in Woodland, CA. The $16 million project consists of constructing a permanent weir structure with a fish barrier and a fish collection facility to capture upriver migrating salmon which have been attracted into the Yolo Bypass by flows from the Colusa Basin Drain. The 4,000 cfs structure includes a positive fish barrier, and an inflatable dam which will be used to better control water releases and fish attraction flows through the weir while blocking fish passage. A fish rescue facility was incorporated into the weir so fish arriving at the Wallace Weir via the Yolo Bypass can be safely and effectively rescued and returned to the Sacramento River to resume their migration to upriver spawning grounds.

Merit Award recipients in the Sacramento area include:

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0058.JPGAECOM Technical Services, Inc. in Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Critical Levee Repair Sites Rehabilitation Effort in California’s Central Valley. Thirty levee segments totaling over 15,000 linear feet were critically damaged and at risk of complete breaching failure if not remediated prior to the 2018 flood season. Geotechnical repairs to these critical levee sites were urgently needed within a very short emergency response timeframe to protect surrounding populations, public facilities and infrastructure.  A total of 30 complete site plans, specifications and estimate packages were prepared and bidding/procurement completed in 60 days, with subsequent construction completed in 60 days.

Drake Haglan & Associates, Inc. in Rancho Cordova, CA, for its work on the 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge Replacement in Tracy, CA. The 11th Street Bridge is a major thoroughfare in the City of Tracy. The original 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge provided vehicular access over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, but was too narrow to provide safe access for pedestrians and bicyclists. The recently completed 11th Street Bridge designed by Drake Haglan & Associates, Inc. includes a new replacement structure over three active Union Pacific Railroad tracks, as well as wider traffic lanes, 8-foot shoulders which also serve as Class II bicycle lanes, and barrier-separated mixed-use paths that promote the safe use across the UPRR tracks by pedestrians and bicyclists.

*I2_KimleyHorn_JohnnyCash_Photo1Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Johnny Cash Trail Phase 2 in Folsom, CA. This 1.25-mile trail is a key link in providing cyclists, runners, and pedestrians a route from Folsom’s historic district to the Sacramento region’s popular American Parkway Trail, as well as part of a lasting celebration of Johnny Cash alongside the prison he helped make famous. Kimley-Horn’s work on the project included an undercrossing beneath the prison access road, a multi-use trail designed to blend into the natural topography of the area, and a 152-foot wooden arched bridge spanning Robber’s Ravine. The new bridge provides previously unseen views of the American River, Folsom Prison, and the woodland ravine below the bridge.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award-winning projects can be found here.

 

Orange County Engineering Firms Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

Honor Awards recipients in Orange County include:

*H6_KOA_Daisy_Myrtle_Photo10KOA Corporation in Orange, CA, for its work on the Daisy-Myrtle Bike Boulevard in Long Beach, CA. The Daisy-Myrtle project creates a connected bikeway throughout the western portion of the City, increasing active transportation access to the City’s Downtown, the LA River bike path, the Metro Blue Line, eight bus routes, sixteen overlapping bike facilities, and the City’s expanding bike-share network. A combination of roundabouts, traffic circles, signals, median refuges, class II and class III bike facilities, and wayfinding signage improve transportation options for those lacking access to a vehicle and provide an opportunity for healthier living among residents.

Merit Awards recipients in Orange County include:

*J1_AndersonPenna_Aquarium__Photo2AndersonPenna Partners, Inc. (APP) in Newport Beach, CA, for its work on the Harrison Greenberg Foundation Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification (HGFRAB) in Manhattan Beach, CA. The HGFRAB project involved the $5.5-million interior and exterior restoration of the Roundhouse located at the end of the City of Manhattan Beach Pier (Pier) while the City of Manhattan Beach simultaneously implemented improvements to the Pier and to the exterior of the Roundhouse building. APP was responsible for overseeing the redesign and modernization of the Roundhouse which serves as the Oceanographic Teaching Stations’ marine life educational facility. The commitment and determination to preserve the Pier and Roundhouse have designated this project as a public monument to excellence in marine and environmental education and to the engineering profession.

KOA Corporation in Orange, CA, for its work on the Grand Avenue Bike Lanes and Multipurpose Trail in Wildomar, CA. The roadway improvement project provides the City of Wildomar with its first Active Transportation Corridor for bicyclists, pedestrians, and horses. Featuring buffered class 2 bike lanes, colored bike lane treatments, decomposed granite trails, roadway widening, roadway resurfacing, and a shared use path, this project promotes non-motorized transportation, maintains the city’s rural character, and is consistent with regional and local bicycle and trail plans.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award-winning projects can be found here.

Los Angeles Area Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

Honor Awards recipients in the Los Angeles area include:

*B1_Syska_PalomarCollege_1Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City, CA, for its work on the Palomar Community College, Maintenance & Operations Complex in San Marcos, CA. Syska Hennessy Group led the design of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, information and communication technology (ICT), architectural lighting design, and sustainable engineering for a new $15.5-million maintenance and operations (M&O) complex on Palomar College’s San Marcos campus. The new facility will be the first community college building in the world to earn Living Building Petal certification, which is harder to achieve than LEED Platinum certification (which this facility also achieves). Syska played a key role in meeting these ambitious goals. The team undertook several strategies to reduce energy and water consumption, making it easier to incorporate on-site renewable generation capable to provide 105 percent of the facilities annual energy demand.

KOA Corporation in Orange, CA, for its work on the Daisy-Myrtle Bike Boulevard in Long Beach, CA. The Daisy-Myrtle project creates a connected bikeway throughout the western portion of the City, increasing active transportation access to the City’s Downtown, the LA River bike path, the Metro Blue Line, eight bus routes, sixteen overlapping bike facilities, and the City’s expanding bike-share network. A combination of roundabouts, traffic circles, signals, median refuges, class II and class III bike facilities, and wayfinding signage improve transportation options for those lacking access to a vehicle and provide an opportunity for healthier living among residents.

Merit Awards recipients in the Los Angeles area include:

*H2_Berg_SantaMonica_Blvd_Photo2Berg & Associates, Inc. in San Pedro, CA, for its work on the North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project in Beverly Hills, CA. The North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project located in Beverly Hills, CA, was managed by Berg & Associates, Inc., and built by Griffith Company. This 1.5 mile stretch of road, formally known as State Route 2 serves over 60,000 vehicles per day and is one of the main thoroughfares for the City. To be in the forefront of water conservation and public accessibility, the City constructed vegetated bioswales, added bike lanes, and upgraded fiber optic infrastructure to allow free public Wi-Fi connectivity along North Santa Monica Boulevard.

Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City, CA, for its work on the San Diego International Airport, New Federal Inspection Station in San Diego, CA. Syska Hennessy Group was part of the design-build team for the new $229.4-million international arrivals facility at San Diego airport. Completed in June 2018, the 130,000-square-foot “bags first” facility is among the first in the nation to implement 100 percent biometric or facial recognition technology for international passengers. 

*J1_AndersonPenna_Aquarium__Photo1AndersonPenna Partners, Inc. (APP) in Newport Beach, CA, for its work on the Harrison Greenberg Foundation Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification (HGFRAB) in Manhattan Beach, CA. The HGFRAB project involved the $5.5-million interior and exterior restoration of the Roundhouse located at the end of the City of Manhattan Beach Pier (Pier) while the City of Manhattan Beach simultaneously implemented improvements to the Pier and to the exterior of the Roundhouse building. APP was responsible for overseeing the redesign and modernization of the Roundhouse which serves as the Oceanographic Teaching Stations’ marine life educational facility. The commitment and determination to preserve the Pier and Roundhouse have designated this project as a public monument to excellence in marine and environmental education and to the engineering profession.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award winning projects can be found here.

Inland Empire Engineering Project Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

_G5A1850Michael Baker International, Inc., in Ontario served as the prime design consultant for the I-10/Jefferson Street Interchange project in Riverside County, Calif., in the city of Indio, Calif. The $42.3 million project included the design and construction of two parallel bridges, resulting in a six-lane overcrossing designed for traffic entering and exiting the I-10 freeway from both directions, relieving traffic congestion for approximately 16,500 vehicles who drive the overpass daily.

The project replaced an existing bridge and northbound Indio Boulevard overcrossing with a new six-lane bridge with bicycle lanes on each side and a sidewalk on the northbound side of Jefferson Street. Improvements also included intersection reconfigurations, traffic signal construction and multi-stage construction phasing plans.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award-winning projects can be found here.

 

Humboldt County Engineering Projects Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

About the Honor Award recipient in Humboldt County:

GHD, Inc. in Santa Rosa, CA, for its work on the Redwood Business Park Transportation Improvements and Talmage Road Interchange Project in Ukiah, CA. The project features a design that cost-effectively addresses pavement condition issues, improves roadway capacity and safety and innovatively improves stormwater quality. Several new and emerging technologies and designs were used to achieve these project goals. GHD served as the Engineer of Record for this combined $7.1 Million project to improve roadways and storm water quality in the Redwood Business Park commercial business and retail area of the City of Ukiah. The project was required to allow for the planned development of the business park and the CEQA requirement to improve the roadways and intersections that serve the area before allowing further commercial development.

About the Merit Award recipient in Humboldt County:

*F2_SHN_WetUtility_Scotia_Photo5SHN in Eureka, CA, for its work on the Design, Renovation, and Reconstruction of Wet Utility and Roads Infrastructure in Scotia, CA. Working with the Town of Scotia LLC, SHN designed and managed construction of the town’s renovated drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and road infrastructure. Infrastructure design and re-construction were critical to the town’s conversion from a timber “company town” to a locally governed community services district. SHN was able to bring early-1900s pipelines and roadways to 21st century standards while maintaining the town’s historical aesthetic. Challenges in design and construction included renovating and installing pipelines under Highway 101 and under a log pond, and within a variable subsurface that presented logging debris fill, charcoal and debris from the 1895 town fire, and piping that ran underneath homes. All construction was managed so that residents’ access to water and sewer services was uninterrupted.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award-winning projects can be found here.

Fairfield Engineering Project Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announced the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

*H5_HNTB_Fairfield_Vac_Train_Photo3HNTB Corporation in Oakland, CA, earned a Merit Award its work on the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station in Fairfield, CA. Located between the cities of Fairfield and Vacaville near Travis Air Force Base, the station provides more than 200,000 residents convenient access to the Capitol Corridor passenger rail service and the entire Megaregion. The project is a key component of connectivity and congestion relief, addresses local safety and congestion issues, and is a significant element in a regional strategy to relieve I-80 congestion.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award-winning projects can be found here.

Central Valley Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

This month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

Honor Awards recipients in the Central Valley include:

*G2_Carollo_Fresno_Water_Photo1Carollo Engineers, Inc. in Fresno, CA, for its work on the City of Fresno Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility in Fresno, CA. While the City of Fresno receives a small portion of surface water from the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers, for decades it has relied on groundwater for its main supply. The Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility (SESWTF) will allow the City to maximize use of available surface water and reduce its dependence on groundwater resources, which are rapidly depleting. Carollo was the prime consultant, providing project management, design, and construction management, for the $180-million project.

Woodard & Curran in Walnut Creek, CA, for its work on the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program in Modesto and Turlock, CA. The North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP) is a regional solution to water supply and reliability issues on the west side of California’s San Joaquin Valley. The NVRRWP provides recycled water from the Cities of Modesto and Turlock to the farmers and growers served by the Del Puerto Water District in portions of Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced Counties. The innovative program uses a newly modified pumping plant and a new pipeline connecting the cities’ treatment facilities to the Delta-Mendota canal (DMC), from which water can be delivered for beneficial use on agricultural lands and to South of Delta CVPIA-designated wildlife refuges.

Merit Award recipients in the Central Valley include:

*K2_Provost_BiogasPipeline_Photo2Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group in Fresno, CA, for its work on the Biogas Pipeline Project in Tulare County, CA. Instead of allowing dairy manure to compost and release methane into the atmosphere, dairy digesters collect manure generated by the dairies and anaerobically digest the manure, producing biogas (methane) that is collected and used as a renewable energy source.  The Calgren cluster project includes constructing digesters at dairies near the Calgren ethanol plant located in Pixley, California, and pipelines to transport the biogas produced by the digesters to the Calgren plant.  Currently, Phase 1 and 2 of the pipeline project have been designed and constructed with the first digester going on-line in August 2018. 

Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group in Fresno, CA, for its work on the Fulton Street Reconstruction Project in Fresno, CA. In downtown Fresno, the Fulton Mall corridor was renovated by reintroducing a pedestrian-friendly commercial streetscape together with a narrow two-lane street with on-street parking. The project restored and relocated all of the significant public art and water features that make this corridor a virtual outdoor art museum. Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group was a subconsultant to RHAA Landscape Architecture on this project, providing project management, land surveying and civil engineering services.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award winning projects can be found here.

Central Coast Engineering firm, project honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

Last month, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2019 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

MNS Engineers, Inc. of Santa Barbara was recognized with a Merit Award for its work on the Elkhorn Road Emergency Storm Repair in Monterey County, CA.

J3_MNS_Elkhorn_Road_Photo4The County of Monterey hired MNS Engineers as the prime consultant to provide the engineering design, project management and construction management/inspection for the critical emergency road repair project. Elkhorn Road was one of the roadways in Monterey County severely affected and catastrophically damaged in multiple locations by the 2017 winter storms and a rare bombogenesis. The damaged road and failed culverts that needed to be repaired were located within a highly sensitive environmental habitat and partially within the California Department of Fish and Game Elkhorn Slough Preserve. With the team’s close collaboration with the County and careful coordination with the multiple permitting and funding agencies, the $1 million emergency roadway work was completed within three months.

In all, fourteen projects earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction, fifteen were recognized with Merit Awards, and eight Commendation Awards were granted.

Photographs of award winning projects can be found here.