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:
SHN 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.