ACEC California is pleased to present two Central Coast engineering firms with 2020 Engineering Excellence Honor Awards for Central Coast projects and three Central Coast firms with Merit Awards.
Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. in San Jose, earned an Honor Award for its work on the Clarke Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing in East Palo Alto, which created a dedicated pedestrian and bicyclist overcrossing over US 101, safely connecting the high-density residential area on the highway’s west side to the east side’s essential amenities and services, including schools, shops, churches, city government, parks, and open spaces.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in San Jose, also received an Honor Award for its work on the North Fremont Street Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvements in Monterey. This project came to fruition through the Active Transportation Grant, the Regional Surface Transportation Program Grant, Monterey’s Measure P and S, Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s Measure X, the Neighborhood Improvement Plan, and Caltrans, and now provides the residents, businesses, and visitors safe access to bicycle and pedestrian facilities to North Fremont Street, which once lacked sidewalks, bike lanes, and safe pedestrian crosswalks.
ACEC California honored MME Civil + Structural Engineering in Santa Cruz with a Merit Award, for its work on the San Lorenzo River Parkway Trestle Trail in Santa Cruz. The project replaces the 4-foot wide walkway with a new 10-foot wide multi-use path. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County helped fund a study proving the pathway could be widened without rebuilding the bridge in its entirety, a discovery that saved the City millions of dollars.
MNS Engineers, Inc. and GHD, Inc. in Santa Barbara, were honored with a Merit Award for their work on the Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling & Environmental Learning in Pico Rivera. The new Albert Robles Center is a multipurpose and multi-benefit site which encapsulates the commitment to the community through a state-of-the-art Advanced Water Treatment Facility, an Administration & Learning Center, an outdoor amphitheater and demonstration garden, and a 3-million-gallon flow equalization basin and pumping facility. The ARC project is seeking LEED platinum, the highest level of national standard set by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification process, with the hope to inspire future environmental stewards by leading through example.
Congratulations to these Central Coast firms and projects!