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2016 49th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Release, March 2016

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ACEC New York Presents 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards
No. 7 Line Subway Extension, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Wins Top Award

NEW YORK, March 19, 2016 — On Saturday, March 19, 700 consulting engineers and clients attended the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York’s (ACEC New York) 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala at the Waldorf Astoria. Awards were presented to ACEC New York member projects in the following categories: studies, research, and consulting services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; energy; industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities; and special projects.

“The buildings, transportation, water and energy systems, and more that we honor are essential to the well-designed, efficient, and amazing world that our children and our children’s children will inherit and inhabit, both here in New York and around the world,” said Charles Gozdziewski, Chair of ACEC New York. “Our organization recognizes that daily life as we know it would not be possible without the efforts of the people we honor through Engineering Excellence, and it is crucial that we take this time every year to recognize these often unsung accomplishments.”

ACEC New York also honored two exceptional New York government entities through named Awards of Merit. The Award of Merit honorees for 2016 are the New York City Department of Transportation, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for their commitment to improving the infrastructure of New York through their policies and programs. Proceeds from the event benefitted the ACEC New York Scholarship Fund, formally the New York Consulting Engineering Scholarship & Educational Fund.

Diamond Awards were presented to the 28 most exceptional projects, both within New York State and worldwide. Matthew Driscoll, Commissioner for the NYS Department of Transportation, acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Diamond Award presentations.

The Empire Award, the top-rated project designed and built entirely within New York State, was announced that night and presented to WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff for No. 7 Line Subway Extension. This project involved a 1.5-mile extension of the MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) No. 7 Subway Line from Times Square to Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The extension includes twin tunnels from Times Square to a new terminal station located 125 feet below 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, the first new subway station built in New York in 25 years.

Projects that received Diamond Awards that evening were:

Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services
CH2M: Howard Beach Flood Risk Reduction Study
Gannett Fleming/WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff: Amtrak Sunnyside Yard Master Plan
Hazen and Sawyer: Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Alternative Thickening Evaluation

Building/Technology Systems
Dewberry Engineers: Carmine Carro Community Center
H2M architects + engineers: Mastic Volunteer Ambulance - Addition and Alteration to New Headquarters Building
Loring Consulting Engineers: The Willow School – Phase 3: Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center
M-E Engineers: Dwight Englewood STEM Building

Structural Systems
Arup: Torre Reforma
DeSimone Consulting Engineers: 170 Amsterdam
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers: Foundations for Harbor Point
Thornton Tomasetti: Baku National Stadium, Baku Azerbaijan
TranSystems Corporation: Rehabilitation of the High Bridge over the Harlem River
Weidlinger Associates: Manhattan Bridge Cables and Suspenders

Surveying and Mapping Technology
Cameron Engineering & Associates: Long Island Tidal Wetlands Trends Analysis

Barton and Loguidice: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lake George Beach Day-Use Facility

Waste and Stormwater
C&S Companies: Syracuse University Carrier Dome Rainwater Harvesting
Erdman Anthony: Gibsonville Stream Restoration

Water Resources
Gannett Fleming/Hazen and Sawyer: Rehabilitation of Gilboa Dam: Safety and Hydraulic Improvements for the Next Millennium

HAKS/AECOM: Gowanus Expressway Emergency Repair
Hardesty & Hanover: Kew Gardens Interchange, Contract 2A
Sam Schwartz Engineering: Rockefeller University River Building
STV: Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff: No. 7 Line Subway Extension

Special Projects
Distinct Engineering Solutions: Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction Project
GZA: OneNYC Retail Waterfront Emerges from Solid Waste
Jaros, Baum & Bolles: Public Safety Answering Center II
Langan/Simpson Gumpertz & Heger/Guy Nordenson and Associates: Slurry Wall Re-Support –National September 11 Memorial & Museum

McFarland-Johnson: Harnessing Geothermal Power for Airports

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ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of 290 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Our shared goals are to further the business interests of our membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of our communities. For more information, visit www.acecny.org.

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