Auburn Firm Honored with Engineering Excellence Award

Blackburn Consulting in Auburn was recognized by ACEC California for its work on the Southport Early Implementation Setback Levee Project in West Sacramento.

G1_Blackburn_Southport_Levee_Photo8The Southport Early Implementation Setback Levee project is the largest piece of improvements to the West Sacramento levee system. It is one of the largest setback projects in the State of California. The project consisted of about 6 miles of improvements to a 100-year-old levee along the Sacramento River to mitigate seepage and stability deficiencies. This reach of the levee was considered the highest risk component to the flood control system surrounding West Sacramento, and the highest priority project to protect its 53,000 residents.

Blackburn Consulting worked with the design team, the City of West Sacramento Flood Control Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Water Resources, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Reclamation District 900, and a board of senior consultants to engineer a zoned levee with seepage berms and cutoff walls by transforming local soil to meet seepage and stability criteria, and could be constructed with available funds.

The new setback levee construction was completed in December of 2017. The success of this project has opened up the possibility for creative use of locally available soils to significantly reduce the project cost and meet USACE design criteria.

Congratulations Blackburn Consulting!

San Diego Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with Engineering Excellence Awards

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.

H7_Kimley-Horn_I-5_Genesee_Photo9Kimley-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.

created by dji cameraMichael 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.

Fort Bragg Project Honored with Engineering Excellence Award

ACEC California is pleased to honor SHN in Willits with an Engineering Excellence Merit Award for its work on the Noyo Inner Harbor Boat Launch, Parking Lot and ADA Facilities in Fort Bragg.

DCIM101MEDIADJI_0225.JPGThe Noyo Inner Harbor Boat Launch project contributes to the community’s desire for a working waterfront on the Noyo Harbor and supports the 80% of area respondents indicating they are either “extremely” or “very” proud that Noyo Harbor is a piece of Fort Bragg’s historical and cultural identity.

SHN managed the project, acquired grant funding, mitigated impacts on eelgrass beds and salmonids, designed a safer parking area, improved water quality by capturing and treating 100% of parking area runoff before it reaches the Noyo River, provided ADA access and a restroom, and managed construction.

Congratulations SHN! 

Long Beach Firm, Project Honored with 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California is pleased to honor P2S Inc. in Long Beach with an Engineering Excellence Merit Award for its work on California State University Long Beach’s Net Zero Energy College of Professional and International Education and for its work on the Aquarium of the Pacific, Pacific Visions Expansion project.

B1_P2S_Net_Zero_Energy_College_5As the first net zero energy building on the California State University Long Beach’s campus, P2S Inc. implemented occupancy control sensors for systems like overhead lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, thus pairing sustainable building systems with designs that maximize natural resources.

P2S Inc. provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, telecom and security services to the highly anticipated expansion of the Aquarium of the Pacific, implementing sustainable design options, like carbon dioxide occupancy detection to reduce the amount of outside air brought into the building during reduced occupancy periods; insulated ductwork; and high efficiency plumbing fixtures.

H1_Ardurra_ThirdStreet_Photo 3Ardurra Group, Inc. dba AndersonPenna Partners in El Segundo was also recognized with a Merit Award for the Third Street & Broadway Streetscape, Traffic Calming and Cycle Track Improvements in Long Beach, which forms a one-way couplet, providing important access from the downtown core of Long Beach to the I-710 Freeway. The protected bikeway shifts parking away from the curb line and provides a separated bikeway located between parked vehicles and the right-side curb, which allow for better connections to existing and future bicycle facilities.

Congratulations P2S Inc and Ardurra Group, Inc. dba AndersonPenna Partners!

Orange County Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards, and two Orange County firms earned the prestigious Honor Award distinction. Three Orange County firms were recognized with Merit Awards, two for local projects. The Plaza Bridge at Marine Way in Irvine, also won an Honor award, for work done by San Jose based firm Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc.

C2_Biggs_Cardosa_Plaza_Bridge_Photo7Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. in San Jose, received an Honor Award for its work on the Plaza Bridge at Marine Way, in Irvine. This project provides a beautiful landscaped courtyard to serve as a central gathering and interaction space for the new Broadcom office campus, while also providing a dramatic tunnel gateway for drivers heading toward the new regional recreation and sports park, Orange County Great Park.

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.

Moffatt & Nichol in Costa Mesa, was honored with an Honor Award for its work on the San Gabriel Trench Grade Separation in San Gabriel. The $293.7 million, 2.2-mile-long San Gabriel Trench Grade Separation project is the largest public works project in the history of the City of San Gabriel and the largest project in the $1.7 billion Alameda Corridor-East grade separation program overseen by the Capital Projects and Construction Committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. The comprehensive safety and mobility improvement program was established to mitigate projected increases in freight traffic along 70 miles of mainline railroad in the San Gabriel Valley.

E1_Michael_Baker_OrangeCoast_Recycling_Photo9Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, received a Merit Award for its role in the Orange Coast College (OCC) Recycling Center sustainability upgrade project. Already a LEED Gold certified building, the facility took sustainability initiatives to a new level by achieving the first Sustainable SITES Initiative v2 certification in California. In its continued efforts to provide public environmental education and active demonstrations of sustainability, OCC’s Recycling Center achieved this unprecedented milestone in sustainability for the outdoor environment surrounding the busy, active recycling facility.

Moffatt & Nichol in Costa Mesa, received a Merit Award for its work on the Puente Avenue Grade Separation in the City of Industry and on the South Milliken Avenue Grade Separation in Ontario. The Puente Avenue Grade Separation project comprises a four-lane underpass at Puente Avenue and Workman Mill Road, with a railroad bridge to carry freight trains and a separate bridge to carry vehicle traffic. The Puente Avenue Grade Separation is one of 19 ACE Project grade separation and at-grade projects planned to alleviate roadway congestion from increased freight rail traffic through the San Gabriel Valley and to improve safety and quality of life for pedestrians and motorists alike.

The South Milliken Avenue Grade Separation project involved the creation of an elevated roadway intersection to separate two major roadways, Mission Boulevard and South Milliken Avenue from United Pacific Railroad. With traffic volumes expected to increase in the area over 2.5 times by 2035, this infrastructure project was critical to support anticipated future development in the region.

H17_Parsons_SR57_Lambert_Rd_Photo6Parsons in Irvine, for its work on the SR 57/Lambert Road Interchange Improvements in Brea. The project enhances the mobility within the area by accommodating future truck lanes and providing full access to the surrounding businesses to support the local economy. The project’s widening also limited construction impacts to stakeholders to one location.

“Our team completed the work in one phase rather than four traditional phases, overcoming the significant challenge of an accelerated schedule…we’re honored by the award, and pleased to be of service to the City of Brea,” said Parsons project director, Pija Ansari.

Inland Empire Firm, Projects Honored with Engineering Excellence Awards

Moffatt & Nichol in Costa Mesa was recognized by ACEC California with a 2020 Engineering Excellence Merit Award for projects in the City of Industry and Ontario. Michael Baker International in Ontario was also recognized for a San Diego project.

Moffatt & Nichol served as the prime design consultant and project manager for the Puente Avenue Grade Separation project for all project phases, from alternatives analysis through construction. The project comprises a four-lane underpass on Puente Avenue and Workman Mill Road, with a railroad bridge to carry freight trains and a separate bridge to carry vehicle traffic. The Puente Avenue Grade Separation is one of 19 ACE Project grade separation and at-grade projects planned to alleviate roadway congestion from increased freight rail traffic through the San Gabriel Valley and to improve safety and quality of life for pedestrians and motorists alike.

Moffatt & Nichol was also the prime design consultant on the South Milliken DCIM100MEDIADJI_0044.JPGAvenue Grade Separation in the City of Ontario. This project involved the creation of an elevated roadway intersection to separate two major roadways, Mission Boulevard and South Milliken Avenue from United Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Specifically, the project elevated Mission Boulevard, a major east-west, four-lane city arterial adjacent to UPRR and South Milliken Avenue, also a major north-south, six-lane arterial that crosses UPRR with an existing at-grade crossing. With traffic volumes expected to increase in the area over 2.5 times by 2035, this infrastructure project was critical to support anticipated future development in the region.

Michael Baker International was recognized for its work on the I-15/Temecula Parkway Interchange in Temecula. Michael Baker served as the Project Engineer-of-Record for the City for the duration of the 20-year planning, design and construction process, from detailing value-added improvements in the Project Study Report to preparing final plans, designs, specifications and estimates and deploying complex construction staging and traffic handling plans. The project provided significant local and regional traffic improvement benefits to reduce severe congestion in the interchange, alleviate existing traffic backup onto the freeway and enhance safety and mobility for motorists.

Congratulations Moffatt & Nichol and Michael Baker International!

Bay Area Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California has honored several Bay Area Engineering firms and projects with awards for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

“California’s private sector engineers deliver strategic investments that are crucial to the state’s health,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year’s awards go to both public and private projects that embody accomplishment in net zero energy building, levee improvements, reducing roadway congestion, among many others. These firms’ partnerships with their private and public sector clients produce projects that help the people of California thrive.”

Honor Awards recipients in the Bay Area include:

AECOM & WSP USA Inc. in San Francisco, for their work on the Crystal Springs Dam Bridge Replacement Project in San Mateo County.

Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. in San Jose, for its work on the Clarke Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing in East Palo Alto and the Plaza Bridge at Marine Way in Irvine.

Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, for its work on the Sutter Health, CPMC Van Ness and Geary Campus in San Francisco.

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in San Jose for its work on the North Fremont Street Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvements in Monterey.

T.Y. Lin International Canada, Inc.; International Bridge Technologies Canada, Inc.; SNC-Lavalin Inc. in San Francisco, for their work on the Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Canada

Towill, Inc. in Concord, for its work on the Satellite and GPS Measurement Project to Support California’s Statewide Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Merit Award recipients in the Bay Area include:

Kier & Wright in Livermore, for its work on Facebook MPK 21 in Menlo Park.

Nute Engineering, Inc. in San Rafael, for its work on the Moorhen Marsh Western Pond Turtle Habitat Enhancement Project in Martinez.

Watry Buehler Collaborative in San Francisco, for its work on the San Francisco International Airport Long Term Parking 2 in San Francisco.

Woodard & Curran in Walnut Creek, for its work on the Malibu Civic Center Water Treatment Facility Phase 1 in Malibu.

Central Valley Projects Honored with Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California has recognized two Fresno firms with Engineering Excellence Merit Awards for projects in Madera and Bakersfield.

MKN & Associates, Inc. in Fresno, was recognized for its work on the Valley Children’s Healthcare Rio Mesa Well and Pipeline Improvements Project in Madera. Valley Children’s Healthcare (VCH) is one of the largest pediatric healthcare facilities in the United States, providing comprehensive medical care to 1.3 million children every year in its 12-county service area. The Rio Mesa Well and Pipeline Improvements Project increases the hospital’s water supply capacity by converting a non-potable irrigation well to meet potable water standards and connecting the improved well to the hospital facility’s water distribution system. The project increases the hospital’s water supply by nearly 50% and ensures the sustainability of VCH’s on-going operations and expansion.

G5_Provost_Bakersfield_TCP_Mitigation_Photo3Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group in Fresno, was recognized for its work on the TCP Mitigation Project in Bakersfield. The City of Bakersfield operates 63 groundwater drinking water wells.   Of the 63, 38 were contaminated with non-compliant levels of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP).  A new state regulation recently lowered the acceptable contaminate levels.  In addition, the state regulation was requiring water purveyors to have their water sources treated within an aggressive 3-month timeline.  The City aggressively responded before the regulation was adopted.  An engineering study was completed that allowed the project scope to be reduced to within the City’s budget, and a progressive design-build approach was used that allowed the design team to prepare plans while the contractor was mobilizing for the work and the City was procuring equipment. The contractor was also able to mobilize multiple construction teams to streamline project completion.

Of critical importance, the design-build team had to determine how to add treatment to over half of their wells and not affect the level of water delivery commitments. The City is one of only a very few agencies in the entire state that had been impacted this significantly by the new drinking water regulation and have managed to avoid being out of compliance.

Congratulations MKN & Associates, Inc. and Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group!

Central Coast Engineering Firms, Projects Honored with Engineering Excellence Awards

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.

H9_Kimley-Horn_North_Freemont_Photo3Kimley-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.

G4_MNS_GHD_Albert_Robles_Center_Photo4MNS 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!

It’s here!

BusinessReview2017_2

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California’s annual magazine Engineering & Surveying Business Review has published its 2017 issue.

The Spring 2017 issue features broad content including ACEC California’s 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards, articles on ACEC California’s successes during the 2016 elections, and key updates on legislative efforts and priorities in Sacramento. Some key articles you should check out include:

 

Engineering Excellence Awards

Every year, the EEA Honor and Award recipients showcase the exceptional work design professionals can achieve to serve communities and the wider public. ACEC California’s Golden State Award recipient, the Golden 1 Center that was designed by AECOM in association with Henderson Engineering, Inc, is featured on this year’s cover. The Golden 1 Center is home to the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings, and is the first indoor sports arena in the world to achieve LEED platinum certification. Along with the Golden State Award Winner, each EEA Honor and Merit recipient is also highlighted in the issue.

Capitol Update

There are three separate articles that outline key legislative policy issues, give an overview of election outcomes, and summarize ACEC California’s efforts to protect and promote the engineering and land surveying professions. ACEC California Executive Director Brad Diede, ACEC California Director of Government Affairs Kelly Garman, and Gene Erbin, ACEC California’s government affairs representative from Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP, all authored articles to keep you up to speed on anticipated 2017 legislative action and revisit specific achievements in the 2016 legislation session.

Diversity Leadership Council

Another highlight of this year’s issue is the announcement by Dawn Antonucci, who serves as Vice President/Principal Towill, Inc. In her article, Ms. Antonucci talks specifically about the need to continue to encourage open and inclusive work environments in the engineering and land surveying professions and find unique ways to increase access to the profession to all who are passionate about engineering.

Check out the 2017 Engineering & Surveying Business Review