Two San Diego firms have received an Engineering Excellence Honor Award for local projects and two were recognized with Merit Awards, for local projects. Two additional San Diego projects were recognized, with the work done by firms in Irvine and Ontario.
Infrastructure Engineering Corporation (IEC) in Poway, received an Honor Award for its work on the Upas Street Pipeline Replacement Project in San Diego. As part of its ongoing effort to replace aging water infrastructure, the City of San Diego retained IEC to design the replacement of 5.4 miles of 6- through 30-inch diameter, cast iron and asbestos cement pipelines dating back as early as 1902 and spanning the City’s North Park, Uptown, and Midway-Pacific Highway communities.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in San Diego, received an Honor Award for its work on the I-5 Genesee Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project. This is a premier project in the San Diego region that incorporated freeway, active transportation, and complete street elements to improve mobility for all users. The interchange is in an area where accessibility and mobility are critical to the continued economic health of the region and to the mobility of people and goods across state lines and internationally.
HDR in Irvine received an Honor Award for its work on the San Elijo Double Track in Encinitas. Built for the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Elijo Double Track replaces a nearly 80-year-old wooden trestle bridge spanning San Diego County’s largest wetlands. Marketing the first ever construction manager/general contractor (CMGC) contract for SANDAG/Caltrans, the CMGC team included three agencies, two cities, nine design firms, three contractors and two construction management firms. Together, they implemented this project through a politically sensitive coastal community and an environmentally sensitive lagoon.
Kleinfelder in San Diego, was given a Merit Award for its work on the Willow Street Bridge Replacement Project in Chula Vista. Kleinfelder worked with the City as the lead consultant and bridge designer for this project that replaced an aging, functionally obsolete, structurally deficient,and seismically vulnerable bridge. Innovative design solutions and flexible approaches were applied to address challenging site geology and complex hydraulic requirements, comply with environmental restrictions,and accommodate evolving design criteria.
Michael Baker International in Ontario, earned a Merit Award for its central role in identifying and implementing critical improvements to the I-15/Temecula Parkway Interchange. This $50 million project eliminated operational deficiencies of the originally constructed “tight diamond” interchange configuration to enhance safety, improve traffic circulation and accommodate future growth in local and regional traffic.
Rick Engineering Company in San Diego, was given a Merit Award for its work on the SR-163/Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Interchange – Phase 2 in San Diego. This project modified the western half of the interchange along the southbound side of SR-163 by reconfiguring and widening the entrance and exit ramps that terminate at Clairemont Mesa Blvd and eliminate free-right turn movements to create a more accessible facility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.