• Five Firms Take Top Awards

  • With some of the most stunning entries in the history of ACEC Virginia’s Engineering Excellence Awards competition, five grand award winners have been chosen to compete for the pinnacle award which will be presented at the ACEC Virginia gala on Thursday, February 5 at the Jefferson Hotel.

    The five grand award winners include: Clark Nexsen of Virginia Beach for the Transient Wounded Warrior Lodge at Walter Reed; Hankins & Anderson of Glen Allen for achieving LEED Platinum Certification for the 100-year-old Innovation Center in Helsinki, Finland; STV of Douglassville, Pennsylvania for the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg; Brierley Associates of East Syracuse, New York for the twin vehicle box tunnel railroad underpass at Liberty University; and Modjeski and Masters Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania for the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project. 

    Five engineering firms received Honor Awards including: Froehling & Robertson Inc. of Richmond for the breaching of the Harvell Dam; Pond & Company of Virginia Beach for the Daytona State College Thermal Storage Tank; Schnabel Engineering of Charlottesville for the New Ragged Mountain Dam; VHB of Williamsburg for the Occoneechee State Park Marina; and Woolpert of Chesapeake for the I-64/I-264 Corridor LiDAR Scanning.

    Merit Awards were given to nine engineering firms including: A.Morton Thomas & Associates and HDR of Verona for the bridges at Compton Creek and Route 340; Anderson & Associates Inc. of Blacksburg for the Red Sun Farms Greenhouse Project; Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc. of Chesapeake for the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Facility; Clark Nexsen of Virginia Beach for developing a Navy Utility Database (NAVFAC GIS); CHA Consulting Inc. of Glen Allen for Twin Hickory Park; Delta Airport Consultants Inc. of Richmond for the Runway 21 Extension at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport; Draper Aden Associates of Blacksburg for Hall Creek Stabilization; Master Engineers & Designers Inc. of Lynchburg for the Steeple Replacement and Masonry Rehabilitation on St. Andrew’s Church; and Thompson & Litton Inc. of Wise for the Duffield Regional Jail Solar Thermal Energy System.

    “We had 19 entries this year, a record number of entrants for our annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition. And to top that, many of the projects pushed the limits of state-of-the-art in terms of being innovative, solving complex problems and being environmentally sensitive,” said Nancy Israel, Executive Director of ACEC Virginia. “It’s always a hard job for the judges, but this year was especially difficult because of so many innovative entries. All of these projects demonstrate how engineering is making our lives better in so many ways though the built environment.”

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