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:
Carollo 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:
Provost & 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.