The Engineering Excellence Awards are an annual celebration of engineering excellence, honoring projects worldwide that demonstrate innovation, creative problem-solving, and engineering's ability to improve the world. The competition provides visibility for the firm, the design team, the client, and the project. The top winners at the state level proceed to the national competition administered by the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington, D.C., where they will compete for, among other awards, the national Grand Conceptor Award.
Gold ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Award winners:
- Green International Affiliates received an award for Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Crescent Street over Millers River Bridge Replacement project in Athol, Massachusetts. The Crescent Street Over Millers River Bridge sits within feet of the L.S. Starrett Company, the leading employer in Athol. This bridge is woven into Starrett’s operation, so its replacement was vital to its continued success. The project site was extremely tight leading to complex design and construction challenges. The project’s success was achieved because of Green’s design ingenuity and ability to develop an effective partnership among all stakeholders.
- Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) received an award for the MBTA Tunnel Investigation project. A partial collapse at the Government Center Garage in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, involved three concrete beams and a construction vehicle impacting the ground directly over the MBTA’s Green Line in the Haymarket Tunnel. With service halted, the MBTA needed to promptly understand the implications of the collapse. SGH responded quickly and creatively with a pragmatic approach, leveraging field observations, analyses of varying complexity, and proof testing to give the MBTA confidence that it was safe to resume the Green Line train service.
- TEC, Inc. received an award for Lupoli Companies' Pavilion at Riverwalk project. The Pavilion at Riverwalk is an innovative project that solved difficult development and technical challenges. It is a community asset that aims to “raise up” the City of Lawrence while simultaneously delivering on the development needs for more parking and amenity space and the public need for athletic fields for youth sports and access to the Merrimack River. It is a sustainable development, improving flood resilience and improving the cleanliness of stormwater.
- Weston & Sampson received an award for the Winona Pond Water Treatment Plant Upgrades. Weston & Sampson partnered with the City of Peabody to transform their 50-year-old Winona Water Treatment Plant into a contemporary facility that provides consumers with high quality water at rates among the lowest in the region. The innovative approach to retrofit the facility instead of building a new one saved the city approximately $15 million in construction costs, maintained resident operator jobs, and resulted in a project with a significantly reduced carbon footprint due to the prevention of 10 million pounds of demolition waste, avoidance of onsite tree clearing, and reduction of raw materials usage to construct a new plant.