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2019 Merit Awards

February 7, 2019

Merit Awards: These projects show good design, professionalism, and engineering excellence.

Burns & McDonnell for designing the two-story, 40,000 sq. ft, Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, VA. Burns & McDonnell developed this project only seven weeks after the Atlantic Shores Christian School was informed that they would not be able to continue using its school the following year. Under normal circumstances this timeline would have taken eight months to a year to design.

Dewberry Engineers, Inc. for widening a five-mile stretch of I-64 in Newport News to six lanes. Dewberry kept this key route from Virginia Beach to North Carolina’s Outer Banks open during construction, averaging 100,000 vehicles per day during the peak of vacation season.

Dewberry for UVA 35kV Routing Study and Design, decreasing power outages faced by the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and UVA Foundation by 90% by moving powerlines underground. Previously, the power lines were above ground and prone to falling branches and unpredictable weather, and temporary power outages occurred frequently.

DJG Inc. and SGH for renovating Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) historical 1907 Raleigh Building and turning it into the central office of VCU’s Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. DJG/SGH added a highly efficient HVAC system which improved the control and flow within the building, created a sanitary/waste system to counteract Richmond’s flooding, made structural reinforcement modifications and installed a highly reflecting PVC roof system to waterproof the building.

JMT for improvements on the Odd Fellows Road Interchange in Lynchburg. The completed project resulted in the design and construction of a tight diamond interchange between Odd Fellows Road and US 460/29, widening and reconstructing 1.3 miles of Odd Fellows Road, creating a 10-foot shared use path, reconstructing and widening of a bridge over the Norfolk southern railroad and constructing three roundabouts along Odd Fellows Road. This successful project provides a new gateway entrance to Lynchburg and improves access for the First Lynchburg Industrial park.

JMT won a second Award for the Arch Road Improvements in Chesterfield.  JMT widened a 225-foot section of Arch rd. into a four-lane cross section which improved lane continuity to Midlothian Turnpike. They also constructed a roundabout at the intersection of Arch Road and Arboretum Parkway. This corridor provides access to adjacent neighborhoods, the Arboretum Business Park, homes which front along the roadway, and a connection between US Route 60 (Midlothian Turnpike) and State Route 647 (Reams Road), which sees approximately 11,000 vehicles per day.

Whitman Requardt and Associates, Inc. (WRA) for the design of the I-95 Southern Terminus Extension Project in Stafford County. WRA extended the express lanes beyond the Exit 143 interchange, improving operations within the weave approaching Exit 143 and increasing capacity of the merge between the southbound general-purpose lanes and the terminus of the express lanes.

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