As part of ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition, six engineering firms from the greater Los Angeles area were recognized for outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects. EEA Honor Awards included such projects as the LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement in Los Angeles, South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility Expansion in Chula Vista, and the Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River in Norwalk/ Downey.
Arup of Los Angeles, earned an EEA Honor Award its work on the LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement in Los Angeles, CA. The 75,000 SF, $423 million LAX CUP, is the first major design/build project undertaken by the City of Los Angeles. The new LAX CUP replaced the 50-year-old existing CUP with a more modern and efficient facility. Arup’s innovative design saved the airport nearly $20 million in capital costs and is expected to save $7 million each year in operating costs. Considered the first sustainable utility plant at any US Airport, the LAX CUP is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and will be approximately 25 percent more energy efficient than the former facility.
Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. of Orange, also earned an EEA Honor Award for its work on the Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River in Norwalk/ Downey, CA. This bridge is a vital link transporting an average daily traffic of 57,000 vehicles between the City of Norwalk and the City of Downey. The Firestone Boulevard Bridge is located on Firestone Boulevard over the San Gabriel River at the adjoining city boundaries between Norwalk and Downey.
The South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility Expansion in Chula Vista, also granted an EEA Honor Award for the Los Angeles – based engineering firm, STV. The project is the first design-build contract for a maintenance facility ever issued by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the STV/Whiting-Turner Contracting Company team designed and constructed new and expanded buildings at the South Bay Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility. As part of this $50 million program, a new 49,000-square-foot high-bay maintenance building, a 12,000-square-foot operations and administration building, and a two-bay bus wash building were added to the existing facility complex. The expanded facility allows MTS to meet rising demand for its bus service, which has recently reached record highs for ridership. The facility now houses 250 buses, up from 170 prior to its expansion.
Finally, HNTB Corporation of Los Angeles, garnered an EEA Honor Award for its work on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Levi’s Stadium, the new home for the NFL San Francisco 49ers, has been heralded as the most innovative and technologically advanced stadium in the nation. With 68,500 fixed seats expandable to 72,000 seats (for the Super Bowl), 9,000 club seats (in nine different club spaces), 174 luxury suites with VIP amenities that include five star dining, spectacular views and upscale bars, the stadium program is reflective of the regional art, food and wine culture and technology driven industry.
Merit Awards were given to the following firms in the greater Los Angeles area:
ARCADIS U.S., Inc. of Irvine for the North Operations and IT Management Building, POLB Middle Harbor Redevelopment in Long Beach
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc. of Brea for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project that spanned Kern County, San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County.
An EEA awards dinner was held at the Hard Rock Café in San Diego, on January 28th, 2016, and Honor Award winning projects will have photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, during National Engineers Week in February 2016.
Because of their selection by ACEC California, Honor Award winners are eligible to enter the ACEC National level Engineering Excellence Awards competition.