• 2017 Honor Award Recipients

  • Two engineering received Honor Awards for outstanding design, delivery, function and cost effectiveness for their participation on the following projects:

  • A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc. and Atkins

  • The 52-mile paved Capital Trail from Richmond to Virginia’s historic capital at Jamestown offers a scenic route for non-motor vehicles to explore aspects of the Commonwealth’s history during an afternoon ride. This trail is the first long-distance, separated, multi-use trail in the Richmond region, and has already seen over half a million trips since its construction. This portion of the Capital Trail was completed in September 2015—just in time to host the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships, which hadn’t been held in the United States for over three decades. Since opening, it has been described by Cycling Magazine as “a butter-smooth ribbon of bike trail that starts in downtown Richmond and was visible to a world-wide audience during the World Championships broadcasts.”

    AMT & Atkins completed the 10.5-mile New Market Heights portion of the trail, which runs through Henrico and Charles City Counties. This part of the trail contains a 10-foot-wide path with three-foot shoulders. Along this path, the existing tree canopy is generally maintained, and natural constructions like six timber bridge structures, keep in line with the landscape. The 7.6 mile-long Varina section of the project, also located in Henrico County, is made up of three 14.5-foot-wide timber bridges, and a steel girder bridge. Keeping environmental impact in mind, Atkins designed bridges for the trail using a “top down” method. The abutment was installed first, before the pier caps and timber superstructure on the first span were constructed. By not using causeways or work bridges near the structures, the developer avoided harming wetlands and waterways. 

    To minimize the project’s footprint, building techniques and supplies were carefully chosen for construction in areas like wetlands and streams, where timber bridges were used for crossing because they keep true to the natural environment. These choices also allowed builders to adhere with the trail’s rustic nature. Though admired for its environmentally-aware design, the trail is revered for being a pathway through historically significant areas. The trail guides users along almost a dozen public parks and sites classified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as 4(f) protected properties. These areas include land once used by Colonial-era settlers and Civil War-era sites. Slave quarters, Native American sites, Civil War battlefields and artifacts were avoided or physically protected during design and construction of the trail.

  • Draper Aden Associates

  • The City of Richmond and Hourigan Construction enlisted Draper Aden Associates (DAA) to the Design-Build team for the creation of Stone Brewing’s East Coast Distribution Center. Located in Richmond’s Fulton Hill neighborhood, this 22,000 square foot facility has already brought jobs and revenue to the area. The Fulton Hill neighborhood had been deteriorating for over 50 years. Massive flooding damaged the bungalow homes that characterized the neighborhood in the 1960s, leading the residents to leave the area. What was left of Fulton Hill was demolished, and the area remained vacant for years. The City of Richmond's Department of Economic and Community Development sought a large-scale project to bring jobs and life back into the Fulton Hill area. Richmond announced after a year-long search that it secured a bid to become the East Coast Distribution Center and Brewery for the California-based Stone Brewing. The project would result in over 288 full-time jobs at the brewery, and revitalize the Fulton Hill area. The Fulton Hill Neighborhood Resource Center indicated that Stone has employed or will employ over 100 neighborhood residents.

    By using Building Information Modelling (“BIM”), DAA was able to model the foundation and framing of the project before beginning construction. This method not only allowed for the coordination of mechanical and brewery processing equipment, but effectively reduced delivery time of the structure. One of the most important and difficult aspects of the project was the “Tank Farm,” which was supported on a 3-foot thick reinforced concrete mat foundation. Underneath the mat, soil was in poor quality fill, and extensive use of compacted aggregate pier elements were needed to achieve a 6,000 psf soil bearing capacity for the mat. Interior concrete shear piers, created three-feet thick and 12-feet wide, supported the tanks and protected them from moving laterally with wind and seismic loads. The structure also supported the network of stainless steel process piping from below using more than 400 steel embed plates to connect and support pipe bridges and equipment. DAA designed an elevated platform to support the fermentation tanks, using a heavily reinforced concrete beam system with a circular opening to hold each 16-foot diameter tank. Suspended piping is supported by embedded steel plates on the underside of the platform. The elevated deck is five-feet thick with beams containing 118 tons of rebar. The lateral beams catch the weight of the slab and tanks, and transfer the load to the ground.