Orange County Engineering Firms Honored with ACEC California 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards

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.

Honor Awards recipients in Orange County include:

*H6_KOA_Daisy_Myrtle_Photo10KOA 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 Orange County include:

*J1_AndersonPenna_Aquarium__Photo2AndersonPenna 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.

KOA Corporation in Orange, CA, for its work on the Grand Avenue Bike Lanes and Multipurpose Trail in Wildomar, CA. The roadway improvement project provides the City of Wildomar with its first Active Transportation Corridor for bicyclists, pedestrians, and horses. Featuring buffered class 2 bike lanes, colored bike lane treatments, decomposed granite trails, roadway widening, roadway resurfacing, and a shared use path, this project promotes non-motorized transportation, maintains the city’s rural character, and is consistent with regional and local bicycle and trail plans.

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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