Last month, ACEC California unveiled the 2017 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards. In all, 21 California firms representing 38 projects were named winners – including four projects located in the Inland Empire.
Honor Award Winning Project in the Inland Empire:
Auto Center Drive Grade Separation Project in Corona, CA by Kleinfelder | Simon Wong Engineering of San Diego, CA. The project constructed a four-lane overcrossing above operational Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks, and improves vehicular and pedestrian safety by separating trains from highway and foot traffic. The overpass was designed with future enhancements in mind and allows for the addition of two more active railroad tracks, which would increase the total rail capacity from two to four tracks. The new overcrossing also benefits daily commuters with improved travel times by eliminating the need for motorists to wait for passing trains, which could cause up to 25 minute wait times at the previous at-grade crossing. The firm helped save the City of Corona $1.3M and reduced the contract time by two months with proposed changes to the staging and construction before the contractor bidding process began and vigilant project oversight throughout construction.
Merit Award Winning Projects in the Inland Empire:
Expansion of the Metrolink service, the Perris Valley Line (PVL) from Perris to Riverside, CA, by HDR, Inc. in Irvine, CA. As the region’s first expansion of Metrolink service in 22 years, the rail line opened in June 2016, providing a new, highly desired transit option for the area’s commuters. The 24-mile line parallels Interstate 215 from Riverside to Perris and includes four new or rehabilitated stations while bringing commuter rail south of Riverside for the first time. The PVL is expected to relieve pressure on heavily congested Interstate 215 without the negative impacts on air quality or the community. As an energy-efficient alternative to a freeway expansion project, the PVL can potentially transport more than 4,000 riders through the corridor daily and eliminate up to 20,663 metric tons of emissions per year.
San Bernardino Transit Center procured by San Bernardino Assoc. Government (SANBAG) in San Bernardino, CA by HDR, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA. HDR, Inc., facilitated the creation of Omnitran’s bold vision, consolidating their San Bernardino City buses into a downtown multi-modal passenger transit center. HDR was selected by a consortium of three stakeholders including SANBAG, Omnitrans, and the City of San Bernardino to provide architectural and engineering services for the design of the San Bernardino Transit Center. This is the flagship facility for Omnitrans that stitches together 22 outdoor bus bays, adjacent Omnitrans sbX BRT station, and access to future Metrolink commuter rail and Redlands Passenger Rail platforms. The facility currently serves 6,000 passengers per day. HDR, Inc., master planned the site including a leading-edge 7,200 SF LEED™ “Gold” Certified passenger services building which features a large outdoor trellis canopy for passenger comfort.
VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Clinic in Loma Linda, CA, by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA. 7. Demand for veteran health services surpassed capacity at the existing Loma Linda VA health facility. To help meet this new demand, a state-of-the-art, 345,000 square foot ambulatory care center (ACC) was designed to alleviate pressure on the health system and to house all out-patient services. Kimley-Horn led civil design efforts as part of a design-build team operating under one of the VA’s first-ever public-private partnerships. The ACC implements a thoughtful design that raises the standard of care for patients, improves the community, and utilizes innovative cost-savings measures, all while emphasizing sustainable technology that minimizes the ACC’s environmental footprint.
About the EEA Awards
ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. In 2017, 18 Honor Awards were granted to 12 firms and 20 Merit Awards were granted to 11 firms. An awards dinner, which is a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, will be held in San Francisco, February 2, 2017, and Honor Award winning projects will have photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, in early 2017.
The winner of the Golden State award, signifying the best overall project, will be announced at the awards dinner. Honor Award winners also are eligible to enter the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition.