San Diego Area Engineering Firms, Projects 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 the San Diego area include:

*C3_Kleinfelder_GeorgiaStreetBridge_Photo3Kleinfelder in San Diego, CA, for its work on the Georgia Street Bridge Over University Avenue Rehabilitation and Seismic Retrofit in San Diego, CA. This historic structure has been an iconic gateway to San Diego’s North Park neighborhood for 100 years. Deterioration, weakened concrete and severe seismic weaknesses threatened the future of this handsome spandrel arch bridge. This project provided an innovative design that balanced safety, historic preservation, cost, and seismic performance to revitalize an aging arch bridge located in a vibrant community of San Diego.

Michael Baker International, Inc. in San Diego, CA, for its work on the San Diego County Regional Airport Terminal 2 Parking Plaza in San Diego, CA. The three-story parking plaza can accommodate 2,900 vehicles, including contemporary parking technologies and all code-required handicapped, electric and alternative fuel vehicle spaces as well as an added 1,800 spaces to the airport’s parking capacity. In addition to the added parking capacity, Michael Baker’s design also included an innovative, below-ground rainwater storage system with a capacity of almost 100,000 gallons.

*K1_NV5_Sycamore_Transmission_Photo6NV5, Inc. and San Diego Gas & Electric in San Diego, CA, for its work on the Sycamore to Peñasquitos 230kV Transmission Line in San Diego, CA. The Sycamore to Peñasquitos 230kV Transmission Line Project (SX-PQ) extends 15 miles of new 230 kV electric transmission line in San Diego County, CA. The new electric transmission line improves the reliability of the transmission grid in Southern California and enables delivery of renewable energy generated in the desert areas east of San Diego to the load centers in the coastal regions where the power is in demand. The project, which traversed congested city of San Diego streets and crossed the 8-lane Interstate 15 freeway (I-15), used innovative approaches to solve obstacles encountered during the design and construction of the project.

Syska 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 the 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). 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.

Merit Award recipients in the San Diego area include:

*G7_MichaelBaker_EasternSvc_Photo 2Michael Baker International, Inc. in San Diego, CA, for its work on the Eastern Service Area Secondary Connection Project (ESA SCP) in San Diego County, CA. The project will provide redundant and reliable sustained access to water for nearly 30,000 citizens, even in cases of natural disasters or other emergencies. The firm’s design includes a supply and discharge pipeline, forebay reservoir, pump station, flow control facility, standby generator, and instrumentation and control systems.

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. 

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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