Los Angeles Area Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

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 Los Angeles area include:

*B1_Syska_PalomarCollege_1Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City, CA, for its work on the Palomar Community College, Maintenance & Operations Complex in San Marcos, CA. Syska Hennessy Group led the design of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, information and communication technology (ICT), architectural lighting design, and sustainable engineering for a new $15.5-million maintenance and operations (M&O) complex on Palomar College’s San Marcos campus. The new facility will be the first community college building in the world to earn Living Building Petal certification, which is harder to achieve than LEED Platinum certification (which this facility also achieves). Syska played a key role in meeting these ambitious goals. The team undertook several strategies to reduce energy and water consumption, making it easier to incorporate on-site renewable generation capable to provide 105 percent of the facilities annual energy demand.

KOA Corporation in Orange, CA, for its work on the Daisy-Myrtle Bike Boulevard in Long Beach, CA. The Daisy-Myrtle project creates a connected bikeway throughout the western portion of the City, increasing active transportation access to the City’s Downtown, the LA River bike path, the Metro Blue Line, eight bus routes, sixteen overlapping bike facilities, and the City’s expanding bike-share network. A combination of roundabouts, traffic circles, signals, median refuges, class II and class III bike facilities, and wayfinding signage improve transportation options for those lacking access to a vehicle and provide an opportunity for healthier living among residents.

Merit Awards recipients in the Los Angeles area include:

*H2_Berg_SantaMonica_Blvd_Photo2Berg & Associates, Inc. in San Pedro, CA, for its work on the North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project in Beverly Hills, CA. The North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project located in Beverly Hills, CA, was managed by Berg & Associates, Inc., and built by Griffith Company. This 1.5 mile stretch of road, formally known as State Route 2 serves over 60,000 vehicles per day and is one of the main thoroughfares for the City. To be in the forefront of water conservation and public accessibility, the City constructed vegetated bioswales, added bike lanes, and upgraded fiber optic infrastructure to allow free public Wi-Fi connectivity along North Santa Monica Boulevard.

Syska Hennessy Group in Culver City, CA, for its work on the San Diego International Airport, New Federal Inspection Station in San Diego, CA. Syska Hennessy Group was part of the design-build team for the new $229.4-million international arrivals facility at San Diego airport. Completed in June 2018, the 130,000-square-foot “bags first” facility is among the first in the nation to implement 100 percent biometric or facial recognition technology for international passengers. 

*J1_AndersonPenna_Aquarium__Photo1AndersonPenna Partners, Inc. (APP) in Newport Beach, CA, for its work on the Harrison Greenberg Foundation Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification (HGFRAB) in Manhattan Beach, CA. The HGFRAB project involved the $5.5-million interior and exterior restoration of the Roundhouse located at the end of the City of Manhattan Beach Pier (Pier) while the City of Manhattan Beach simultaneously implemented improvements to the Pier and to the exterior of the Roundhouse building. APP was responsible for overseeing the redesign and modernization of the Roundhouse which serves as the Oceanographic Teaching Stations’ marine life educational facility. The commitment and determination to preserve the Pier and Roundhouse have designated this project as a public monument to excellence in marine and environmental education and to the engineering profession.

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.

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