ACEC California’s Engineering Excellence Awards Wrap Up

ACEC California’s 1st Annual Scholarship Foundation Fundraising Dinner presenting the ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) was held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, California. With over 300 attendees and 28 firms receiving awards, this year’s awards ceremony recognized recent achievements of the engineering and surveying industries.

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Bill Wagner presenting the 2016 Legislator of the Year award to Senator Patricia Bates, at the EEA Banquet.

In December we announced Senator Pat Bates as our Legislator of the Year. We were honored that the Senator was able to accept the award at our EEA banquet.

Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center was not the only project to receive an award. Notably, many firms won multiple awards. The top 18 award winners were eligible for the top California Golden State Award. And all 18 of these Honor Award winners are eligible to go on to the national Engineering Excellence Award competition in Washington D.C.

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Left to Right: Megan Guida, Ralph Guida, Senator Bates, Kurt Yoshii, Jeff Walker, and Stephanie Wagner.

Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California stated, “Many deserving projects were submitted to this competition. All of these firms should be very proud their contributions to our society. We were pleased to be able to recognize their distinctive and inventive concepts.”

For a complete list of all the award winners, click here.

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Brad Diede, Corey Walker (Past Scholarship Award Winner) and family at the EEA Reception.

ACEC California is excited to have brought the Scholarship Foundation and EEA together and affirm the fundamental role that ACEC California member firms play in building and maintaining the quality of our infrastructure. Thank you to our panel of judges and our members’ support. Congratulations to all our award winners!

Click here for a look at all the photos from the banquet!

 

ACEC California Announces Engineering Excellence Awards

Today the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2017 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards. In all, 21 California firms representing 38 projects were named winners. 18 Honor Awards were granted to 12 firms and 20 Merit Awards were granted to 11 firms. An awards dinner, which is a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, will be held in San Francisco, February 2, 2017, and Honor Award winning projects will have photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, in early 2017.

“Engineering and land surveying firms excel at serving California communities through extraordinary and innovative design in order to solve real-world problems,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year’s award winners were no exception – from providing critical clean water infrastructure to more efficient transportation improvement projects and world-class facilities – ACEC members are moving California forward.”

ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. Entries are accepted into one of 12 project categories: studies, research and consulting engineering services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; special projects; small projects; energy; and industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities.

Walter P Moore Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport

The winner of the Golden State award, signifying the best overall project, will be announced at the awards dinner in February. Honor Award winners also are eligible to enter the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Last year’s Golden State Award, the Air Traffic Control Tower & Integrated Facility by Walter P Moore (pictured left), also garnered the top national honor, the ACEC 2016 Grand Conceptor Award. Photographs of award winning projects can be found here.

 Honor Awards were granted to the following firms:

  • AECOM of Orange, CA, in association with Henderson Engineering, Inc., Kansas City, MO, for its work on the Golden One Center, home arena of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Sacramento Kings, in Sacramento, CA.
  • Arcadis U.S., Inc. of Carlsbad, CA for its work on the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, CA.
  • Arcadis U.S., Inc. of Los Angeles, CA for its work on the Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program, Phase 1 in Long Beach, CA.
  • Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. of San Jose, CA, for its work on the Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi-Use Pathway in Larkspur, CA.
  • Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. of Orange, CA, for its work on the Tustin Avenue / Rose Drive Railroad Grade Separation in Placentia and Anaheim, CA.
  • Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc. of Brea, CA, for its work on the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project 500kV Underground Transmission Mira Loma-Vincent in Chino Hills, CA.
  • Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc. of Fresno, CA, for its work on the Healdsburg Avenue Bridge over the Russian River in Healdsburg, CA.
  • Hill International of Irvine, CA, for its work on the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Asuza, CA.
  • Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers and Geologists of Chico, CA, for its work on the Closed Lincoln Landfill Groundwater Corrective Action Project in Lincoln, CA.
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants of San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Converting Waste to Vehicle Fuel at the City of San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Mateo, CA.
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants of San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant (HTWTP) Long Term Improvements Project (LTIP) – 11MG Treated Water Reservoir in San Bruno, CA.
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants of San Diego, CA, and Trussell Technologies, Inc. of San Diego, CA for its work on the Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project in Santee, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Blue Line Light Rail Transit Renewal Project in San Diego, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Oakland, CA, and Mott MacDonald of Pleasanton, CA, for its work on the Interstate 80 SMART Corridor Project – Integrated Corridor Mobility (ICM) in San Francisco – Oakland, CA.
  • Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc. (KSN) of Stockton, CA for its work on the San Jose – Santa Clara RWF 3D Scanning, 3D Modeling & Mapping in San José, CA.
  • Kleinfelder of San Diego, CA for its work on the Cross Border Xpress Terminal Building and Pedestrian Skybridge in San Diego, CA.
  • Kleinfelder | Simon Wong Engineering of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Auto Center Drive Grade Separation Project in Corona, CA.
  • Maintenance Design Group, LLC (MDG) of Pasadena, CA, for its work on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility in Los Angeles, CA.

Merit Awards were given to:

  • Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc. of San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Sylvester Greenwood Academy + Leadership Public Schools in Richmond, CA.
  • HDR, Inc. in Irvine, CA, for its work on the expansion of Metrolink service, the Perris Valley Line from Perris to Riverside, CA.
  • HDR, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, for its work on the San Bernardino Transit Center Omnitrans Bus Transit Center procured by San Bernardino Assoc. Government (SANBAG) in San Bernardino, CA.
  • Huitt-Zollars, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, CA, for its work on the Trancas Creek and Lagoon Feasibility Study in Pacific Coast Highway & Trancas Canyon Rd/ Malibu, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Orange, CA, for its work on the Monterey Peninsula Airport (CIP and RSA of Runway 10R/28L) in Monterey, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA, for its work on the VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Clinic in Loma Linda, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of San Diego, CA, for its work on the A Avenue Green Street Project in National City, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital – Civil Engineering, On-Site and Off Site Development, Utilities in San Diego, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Mission Beach Bulkhead Seawall Replacement in San Diego, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Point Loma Nazarene University Science Center in San Diego, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Springbok Solar 1 & 2 in Kern County, CA.
  • MNS Engineers, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA, for its work on the Colorado Esplanade in Santa Monica, CA.
  • MNS Engineers, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA, for its work on the Los Osos Valley Road Interchange at US 101 in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • Mott MacDonald of Pleasanton, CA, for its work on the New Irvington Tunnel in Sunol, CA.
  • Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group of Fresno, CA, for its work on the Packwood Creek Water Conservation Project in Visalia, CA.
  • Psomas of Pasadena, CA, for its work on The Santa Anita Oak Woodland Project in Arcadia, CA.
  • Rick Engineering Company of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Hanson El Monte Pond Restoration and Flood Control/Groundwater Recharge Project in San Diego, CA.
  • Rick Engineering Company of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Hotel Churchill Renovation in San Diego, CA.
  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff of Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Bailey Creek Bridge Replacement Project in Plumas County, CA.
  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff of Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Riverfront Reconnection Project-Phase I in Sacramento, CA.

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ACEC California is a statewide association representing over 950 private consulting engineering and land-surveying firms that average 20 employees each. ACEC California is dedicated to enhancing the consulting engineering and land surveying professions, protecting the general public and promoting the use of the private sector in the growth and development of our state. Our members provide services for all phases of planning, designing and constructing projects. For more information, visit http://www.acec-ca.org.

Walter P Moore Wins National ACEC Engineering Award

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From left to right: Brad Diede, Executive Director, ACEC California; John Moossazadeh, ACEC California National Director; and the Walter P Moore team winning the Grand Conceptor Award in Washington, DC.

This week, Walter P Moore was awarded with the prestigious Grand Conceptor Award at the national Excellence in Engineering Awards (EEA) in Washington, D.C. Their project, the Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport, uses a cutting-edge post-tensioned system, enabling the tower to self-right and remain fully operational after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

Walter P Moore’s project was also honored earlier this year with the Golden State Award during ACEC California’s annual EEA awards. Click here to read ACEC California’s press release.

Walter P Moore Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport

Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport.

Each of the innovative projects that received either an Engineering Excellence Merit or Honor Award from ACEC California were profiled in ACEC California’s annual magazine, Engineering and Surveying Business Review. To see visuals of all of the award winners’ exceptional work, click here for the online version of Engineering and Surveying Business Review.

Six Los Angeles Area Firms Earn Engineering Excellence Awards

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 LAX Central Utility Plant ReplacementArup 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. Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River

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.

STV South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility ExpansionThe 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.

HNTB Corporation Levi's Stadium

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. North Operations and IT Management Building, POLB Middle Harbor Redevelopment

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.Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project

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.

 

AECOM and Carollo Engineers in Sacramento Earn Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. This year, two firms located in Sacramento – AECOM and Carollo Engineers – were named as 2016 recipients of this prestigious award for their work on two critical projects that provided careful and thorough analysis of urban levees in the Central Valley and the restoration of clean drinking water to the City of Delano, California.

AECOM California Department of Water Resources Urban Levee Evaluation Project

AECOM garnered an Honor Award for its work on the California Department of Water Resources Urban Levee Evaluation Project in Central Valley, CA. As part of the project, AECOM completed an innovative evaluation of 415 miles of urban levees, protecting more than 1 million people and more than $64 billion of property in California’s Central Valley. The project included an unprecedented multi-faceted exploration program, development of a comprehensive program technical guidance document for levee evaluation, and preparation of geo-technical evaluation for 19 urban study areas.

DCIM206MEDIADJI_0166.JPGCarollo Engineers, Inc. also garnered an Honor Award for its work on the Delano biottta™ Wellhead Nitrate Treatment Demonstration Project in Delano, CA. In April 2014, the State of California approved a grant-funded project to help provide the City of Delano with safe drinking water. The $5 million grant allowed the City to remove one of California’s most widespread groundwater contaminants: nitrates. Classified in the category of “pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors,” nitrates can cause significant health problems when consumed in drinking water. The grant funded a three-year pilot and demonstration project for removal of nitrate from the city’s drinking water. The City of Delano subsequently installed and is operating a biottta™ nitrate treatment system, designed by Carollo Engineers. The biottta™ system is being used on a critical municipal supply well that exceeded the required safety levels for nitrates.

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 An EEA awards dinner will be 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, which will be held this winter.

 

 

Firms in San Francisco & San Jose Earn Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. This year, five firms located in either Santa Clara County or the San Francisco Bay Area were named as 2016 recipients of this prestigious award.

Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc., headquartered in Fresno with district offices in San Francisco, received an Honor Award for its work on the San Francisco Zoo-South American Rain Forest Exhibit in San Francisco.

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Cornerstone provided the structural engineering services required to create the San Francisco Zoo’s newest exhibit as well as seismically retrofit the historic WPA building. The Aviary features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, full of colorful free-flight birds, exotic plants and trees, a charming two-toed sloth, and the Zoo’s first significant herpetological collection—which will include a 15-foot long green anaconda as well as rare tree frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes.

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Out and About with ACEC California: The Floor of the State Senate

Senator Anthony Cannella (front row, middle), Bruce Presser (back row, second from left)

Senator Anthony Cannella (front row, middle), Bruce Presser (back row, second from left), Senator Jean Fuller (front row, second from right)

Bruce Presser, Principal at The Covello Group and incoming president of ACEC California, represented the engineering community well by joining representatives of similar organizations on the Floor of the State Senate this week, in support of Senate Resolution 12.

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ARCADIS Honored with ACEC California Engineering Excellence Award

Hinkley Whole-House Replacement Water ProgramACEC California Member ARCADIS has been recognized with an Engineering Excellence Honor Awards for their work on the Hinkley Whole-House Replacement Water Program, a project to remove hexavalent chromium from domestic drinking water wells. The intent of the Awards is to recognize outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. Continue reading