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 Bay Area include:
BKF Engineers in Redwood City, CA, for its work on the San Pablo Avenue Bike and Pedestrian Improvements in Albany, CA. The successful partnership of BKF Engineers, City of Albany, Caltrans and AC Transit working in sync on the San Pablo Avenue Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Project has culminated in the construction of the two-way cycle track along San Pablo Avenue, between Dartmouth and Monroe Avenues. The cycle track is one of the most significant segments in the City of Albany Active Transportation Plan, adopted in 2012.
Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc. in San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Seismic Retrofit and Modernization of 990 Pacific Avenue Apartments in San Francisco, CA. The project included the voluntary seismic retrofit of the seismic retrofit and modernization of the 990 Pacific Avenue Public Housing Project. It included an efficient design that minimized construction impacts to the residents while allowing for the existing brittle lateral force resisting system to be replaced and strengthened with a ductile concrete shear wall system detailed to current standards, thus creating a safe environment for the community for years to come.
MNS Engineers, Inc.; PGH Wong Engineering, Inc.; Ghirardelli Associates; AECOM; Stacy and Witbeck/Amaroso/MRS in Santa Barbara, CA, for their collective work on the eBART to Antioch: East Contra Costa Extension in Antioch and Pittsburg, CA. BART contracted with the team to complete the eBART project which brought state-of-the art, environmentally friendly Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) rail service into East Contra Costa County between the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station and Antioch at half the cost of traditional BART. The project extended tracks ten miles east in the median of State Route 4 (SR-4), added two new stations, a parking lot, a train maintenance and operations facility pursuing LEED certification, providing much needed congestion relief on a busy commuter route.
Towill, Inc. in Concord, CA, for its work on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission San Andreas Pipeline No. 2 Replacement Study in San Bruno, CA. During the rehabilitation of the nearly 90-year-old San Andreas Pipeline No. 2, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and its lead engineering contractor worked with Towill, Inc. to survey the interior of approximately 1,800 feet of the pressurized pipeline in order to evaluate the feasibility a sliplining approach, which would involve installing a new smaller pipe inside of the existing water main. The project yielded a technically complex study that provided project designers with the information they needed to minimize impacts to the public and save time and money for the SFPUC.
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 Bay Area include:
HNTB Corporation in Oakland, CA, for 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 Mega region. 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.
LCC Engineering & Surveying, Inc. in Martinez, CA, for its work on the BART Downtown Access Ramp & Lighting, Project No. 4096 in Orinda, CA. The project improved the access between the BART station and the Theater Square Area of Downtown Orinda by replacing an existing path and stairs with an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramp and staircase. Lighting was installed beneath the freeway structure and along the path to improve pedestrian safety at night. The project encourages the public to visit the Orinda Downtown by foot and by bicycle, particularly at night, reducing dependence on motor vehicles.
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.