ACEC California has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards, and two Orange County firms earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction. Three Orange County firms were recognized with Merit Awards, two for local projects. The Plaza Bridge at Marine Way in Irvine, also won an Honor award, for work done by San Jose based firm Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc.
Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. in San Jose, received an Honor Award for its work on the Plaza Bridge at Marine Way, in Irvine. This project provides a beautiful landscaped courtyard to serve as a central gathering and interaction space for the new Broadcom office campus, while also providing a dramatic tunnel gateway for drivers heading toward the new regional recreation and sports park, Orange County Great Park.
HDR in Irvine received an Honor Award for its work on the San Elijo Double Track in Encinitas. Built for the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Elijo Double Track replaces a nearly 80-year-old wooden trestle bridge spanning San Diego County’s largest wetlands. Marketing the first ever construction manager/general contractor (CMGC) contract for SANDAG/Caltrans, the CMGC team included three agencies, two cities, nine design firms, three contractors and two construction management firms. Together, they implemented this project through a politically sensitive coastal community and an environmentally sensitive lagoon.
Moffatt & Nichol in Costa Mesa, was honored with an Honor Award for its work on the San Gabriel Trench Grade Separation in San Gabriel. The $293.7 million, 2.2-mile-long San Gabriel Trench Grade Separation project is the largest public works project in the history of the City of San Gabriel and the largest project in the $1.7 billion Alameda Corridor-East grade separation program overseen by the Capital Projects and Construction Committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. The comprehensive safety and mobility improvement program was established to mitigate projected increases in freight traffic along 70 miles of mainline railroad in the San Gabriel Valley.
Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, received a Merit Award for its role in the Orange Coast College (OCC) Recycling Center sustainability upgrade project. Already a LEED Gold certified building, the facility took sustainability initiatives to a new level by achieving the first Sustainable SITES Initiative v2 certification in California. In its continued efforts to provide public environmental education and active demonstrations of sustainability, OCC’s Recycling Center achieved this unprecedented milestone in sustainability for the outdoor environment surrounding the busy, active recycling facility.
Moffatt & Nichol in Costa Mesa, received a Merit Award for its work on the Puente Avenue Grade Separation in the City of Industry and on the South Milliken Avenue Grade Separation in Ontario. The Puente Avenue Grade Separation project comprises a four-lane underpass at Puente Avenue and Workman Mill Road, with a railroad bridge to carry freight trains and a separate bridge to carry vehicle traffic. The Puente Avenue Grade Separation is one of 19 ACE Project grade separation and at-grade projects planned to alleviate roadway congestion from increased freight rail traffic through the San Gabriel Valley and to improve safety and quality of life for pedestrians and motorists alike.
The South Milliken Avenue Grade Separation project involved the creation of an elevated roadway intersection to separate two major roadways, Mission Boulevard and South Milliken Avenue from United Pacific Railroad. With traffic volumes expected to increase in the area over 2.5 times by 2035, this infrastructure project was critical to support anticipated future development in the region.
Parsons in Irvine, for its work on the SR 57/Lambert Road Interchange Improvements in Brea. The project enhances the mobility within the area by accommodating future truck lanes and providing full access to the surrounding businesses to support the local economy. The project’s widening also limited construction impacts to stakeholders to one location.
“Our team completed the work in one phase rather than four traditional phases, overcoming the significant challenge of an accelerated schedule…we’re honored by the award, and pleased to be of service to the City of Brea,” said Parsons project director, Pija Ansari.