• 2015 Merit Award Recipients

  • A. Morton Thomas & Associates and HDR Engineering

    A. Morton Thomas & Associates (AMT) and HDR Engineering replaced two obsolete bridges over Compton Creek on Route 340 (the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway) in Page County between Front Royal and Luray with elegant and safer bridges that are able to handle projected capacity and that blend seamlessly with their surroundings. The obsolete bridges were built in 1936 and were not designed to handle the 6,800 vehicles per day projected to use the roadway by 2032. AMT performed construction and engineering inspection; HDR was the designer.

    Severe karst geography, nearby waterways and a set of railroad tracks that ran adjacent of the full length of the project site were among the major challenges. In addition, passage of 18 trains a day on the Norfolk Southern Railroad needed to be maintained. The new bridges consist of a 574-foot, three span, continuous curved steel plate girder bridge over Compton Creek and a 150-foot-long, single span across the Norfolk Southern Railroad which was constructed at a 56 degree skew to the center line of the railroad. The project team worked extensively with a community group called Scenic 340 and the Page County Historical Society on aesthetic features to help the bridges blend in with their beautiful surroundings.

  • Anderson & Associates

    Anderson & Associates (A&A) was instrumental in helping the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance bring Red Sun Farms' 20-acre high-tech greenhouse to Dublin, Virginia. This effort entailed working with a Mexico-based owner and a greenhouse manufacturer from France as well as leading an American design team to put in place the greenhouse that will eventually produce more than 30 million pounds of hydroponic and organic tomatoes each season. A&A provided topographic surveying services, grading design, utility design, stormwater management design, rainwater harvesting pond design and erosion and sediment control design for the greenhouse. In addition, A&A assisted in grading/utility contractor selection, bid evaluation, negotiations and award of contract. A&A's role in communicating with Red Sun Farms, the New River Commerce Park and the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, as well as facilitating design decisions, is one of the key contributions that enabled this project to launch. A&A illustrated that an engineering firm can play a critical role in economic development as well as design and plan preparation.

  • Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company

    Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company designed the $23 million Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility for the Rolls-Royce Group in CrossPointe, Virginia. The 82,625-square foot manufacturing facility accommodates three manufacturing cells, production, office and equipment space with careful design that allows for future expansion with minimal impact on the building and site. Rolls-Royce CrossPointe produces turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for advanced aero engines used in Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The design created modern, fit-for-purpose, pleasant and productive working environments for employees, incorporating natural light from skylights and using acoustical panels and perforated metal panels to control sound. The administrative space was designed with views of the production hall floor to allow visual management of the production operation.

  • CHA Consulting

    CHA Consulting is responsible for the master planning, permitting and design of the new Twin Hickory Park in Henrico County. CHA also completed the site analysis, master pan and civil/site design for the park in addition to the architectural, structural and mechanical, electrical and fire protection design of the park's buildings. The 49-acre park includes two miles of multi-use trails, two playground areas, an interactive water spray ground for children, a new equipment building for the spray ground pumping and water treatment systems, a 1,900-square-foot park building with public rest rooms, and a covered picnic shelter for approximately 100 users as well as a large multi-purpose playing field and a large open space for play, and parking areas for 110 vehicles. Facing multiple environmental limitations, CHA preserved wetlands but also created a neighborhood park offering activities for all ages.

  • Clark Nexsen

    Clark Nexsen collected Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) utility data for 13 Navy installations on the Atlantic coast from Maine to Virginia over a two-year period. Prior to this effort, the Navy's utilities data was maintained at each separate installation with multiple formats such as built drawings, GIS data, sketches, etc. The project consolidated and standardized all the data. In addition, an installation-specific work plan and safety plan were developed for each facility which includes a myriad of facility types ranging from naval shipyards and weapons stations to hospitals, military colleges and residential areas. To capture sub-centimeter global positioning system (GPS) location and data collection for all utilities, including design details and digital photography of existing utility system components, Clark Nexsen used government-provided support data in conjunction with on-site field trips with up to 20 staff at any given time. The result: the Navy now has standardized geospatial information on more than 90,000 utility features that are fully integrated with the Navy's GeoReadiness Center's GIS Database and across multiple government databases. In addition, Clark Nexsen provided an individual geodatabase for each installation with up-to-date survey-grade GPS and GIS information on all surveyed utilities, linked with geotagged digital photography of all features within those systems.

  • Delta Airport Consultants

    Delta Airport Consultants provided complete planning, environmental, design, construction management and program management services for the $50 million Runway 21 Extension Project for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. The airport had been operating with a 6,001 foot runway system that could not accommodate fully loaded regional jets. At times, 45-seat aircrafts would have to take off with 40 passengers, negatively impacting both the profitability of the airlines and the satisfaction of passengers. Delta identified the magnitude of work associated with the project; identified the need for funding from the FAA and the Virginia Department of Aviation, and coordinated that effort; completed the Environmental Assessment; performed the planning for 800 feet of additional runway; provided all the engineering services associated with the project; and constructed a 1,100 retaining wall. The project came in approximately $5 million under the estimated budget. The impact of the project was recognized immediately as Allegiant Airlines started limited service at the airport as a result of the runway extension.

  • Draper Aden Associates

    Draper Aden Associates conducted the stabilization of Hall Creek on the Emory and Henry College Campus in Southwest Virginia. Since Hall Creek runs through the central portion of the Emery and Henry College Campus, it impacts numerous campus facilities and is itself impacted by storm water runoff from adjacent parking lots, road culverts, sidewalks and multiple athletic fields. This increase in runoff coupled with an absence of deep-rooted riparian vegetation made the creek highly susceptible to erosion and resulting bank failures along its length. Over time, creek overflows had jeopardized the integrity of building foundations, bridge footings, athletic field lighting posts and road culverts. Draper Aden Associates incorporated the use of specific natural channel design and re-directive techniques to ease stream bank shear and halt continued erosion. Protective features were placed close to campus infrastructure that needed extra protection and hydrophytic vegetative plantings provided additional bank stabilization and protection.

  • Master Engineers & Designers

    Master Engineers & Designers replaced the steeples on a St. Andrews Catholic Church and in doing so, protected an iconic part of the Roanoke skyline. The old 127-foot, wood framed steeples and belfry on the church had been damaged by wind, rain, fire and insects, leaving the spires out of plumb and quickly deteriorating. Master Engineers designed two new steel steeples covered with slate tiles and copper to match the exterior of the deteriorating steeples on the historic 112-year-old church. They led the construction team of architects as well as the historical, masonry, slate and copper consultants, a restoration contractor, and subcontractors for scaffolding, lifting and rigging, masonry repairs, roofing with slate and copper. Aside from the steel frame, the steeples are a faithful reproduction of the original 1902 architectural design and should remain part of the Roanoke skyline for another 100 years.

  • Thompson & Litton

    Thompson & Litton designed the Solar Thermal Energy System for the Duffield Regional Jail to provide hot water for the jail complex. Because there is no natural gas available to the regional jail, water was heated with a propane powered boiler system, resulting in high utility bills. The Solar Thermal Energy System provided a green solution to the problem of high utility costs with an annual savings in utility costs of $54,200; over a 30-year period, the solar thermal system will provide a 188% Return on Investment. Seventy-two solar collectors had to be located on the roof of the regional jail to avoid conflicts with existing environmentally and archaeologically sensitive areas surrounding the jail and located on the areas of the roof which were constructed with double tees. The Duffield Solar Thermal Energy System was a green solution to high energy bills; and it avoided installation of a second propane storage tank due to jail expansion.