More than 600 consulting engineers and clients gathered for the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York’s (ACEC New York) 46th annual Engineering Excellence Awards gala at the Waldorf=Astoria on Saturday, April 6.
Honors for exceptional projects in public infrastructure and private sector works in 11 areas — including building systems, structural systems, transportation, energy, environmental, waste and storm water, and special projects — were awarded at this premier event. Patrick Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, served as Master of Ceremonies.
“The work showcased at ACEC New York’s annual gala is a cross-section of the extraordinary projects consulting engineers tackle every day,” said Mitch Simpler, chairman of ACEC New York. “Whether designing the infrastructure, institutions and systems of the future on a global scale or helping out New Yorkers in a time of need — like during superstorm Sandy — our members bring a vast array of creative and technical talents to projects that affect millions of people from every walk of life.”
The ACEC New York Diamond Award was presented to 28 New York consulting engineering firms for their work on 26 outstanding projects throughout the world. The judging was based on complexity, future value to the engineering profession, original or innovative application of new or existing technologies, and meeting or exceeding client needs.
Announced at the gala event, the Empire Award — given to the highest rated project in New York State based on contributions to the economic health of an area, sustainability, innovation and creativity — went to Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. and CH2M Hill New York, a joint venture, for research and development of nitrogen removal at Jamaica Bay for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP).
The MTA and the NYC DEP were co-honored at the dinner for their responses to superstorm Sandy and received the Council’s Award of Merit. A $5,000 scholarship in their honor was presented to Christopher Budrow, an engineering student at Clarkson University.
Winners of the 2013 Diamond Awards were:
AKF Engineers, LLP – Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
HDR – BNL National Synchrotron Light Source II
Stantec Consulting Services Inc. – Cornell University Physical Sciences Building
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. – University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
CDM Smith – Albany County Sewer District Incinerator Waste Heat Recovery/Cogeneration Project
P.W. Grosser Consulting Engineer & Hydrologist, PC – Former Darby Drugs Distribution Center NYSDEC BCP Implementation
Hardesty & Hanover, LLP – Construction Engineering for the WTC Transportation Hub
Jaros, Baum & Bolles – The National September 11th Memorial Fountain
STV – Development and Procurement of ALP-45DP Locomotive
URS Corporation – Falls Street Tunnel Inflow Reduction Project
Arup – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Structure
Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP – New World Center
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers – Foundations for the Vehicle Security Center at the New World Trade Center
Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, P.C. – Lincoln Center Theater LCT3
Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers – Cornell University Milstein Hall
Studies, Research and Consulting
Arup – +Pool
Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. / CH2M Hill New York, A Joint Venture – R&D of Nitrogen Removal for NYCDEP
KLD Engineering, P.C. & JHK Engineering, P.C. – Midtown in Motion – Active Traffic Management
Parsons Brinckerhoff – Design Guidelines for Arch and Cable-Supported Signature Bridges
Surveying and Mapping Technology
M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. – Modernizing UAlbany’s Mapping Database
T.Y. Lin International Engineering, Architecture & Land Surveying, P.C. – Capturing the Bayonne Bridge in 3D
AECOM – Port Jervis Line Reconstruction Post-Storm Irene
HNTB New York Engineering, P.C. – Lake Champlain Bridge Replacement Project
Lochner Engineering in association with McFarland-Johnson, Inc.& Shumaker – NYS Route 17 Parksville
Waste and Storm Water
ARCADIS – Bay Park STP Dechlorination Facility
Hazen and Sawyer, P.C./CDM Smith, A Joint Venture – Catskill/Delaware UV Disinfection Facility