Five Area Firms Recognized by ACEC Virginia
Five central Virginia engineering firms received Engineering Excellence Awards from Virginia’s Top Engineering Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC/VA). These firms will be recognized with one of three awards, the Grand, Honor or Merit award. Our three Grand Award Winners are in the running to receive the prized Pinnacle. Projects range from a pump station in Hampton Roads to the United States’ largest embassy in the world in Pakistan. Two of the local firms, JMT and Mason & Hanger, are vying for the prized Pinnacle Award which will be presented on February 7 at ACEC Virginia’s Engineering Awards Gala Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.
“We’re consistently surprised by the ingenuity displayed in the projects of firms throughout the Commonwealth. These projects make a noticeable difference in our communities,” said Nancy Israel, Executive Director of ACEC Virginia. “The judges noted that Innovation stole the show, explaining how entering firms demonstrated use of new innovations and current technology in ever-changing ways.”
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (JMT). of Richmond received three awards including a Grand Award for its recommendations for safely extending maximum weight capacity on Chesterfield County bridges. After researching live load testing of existing substructure criteria from the US Federal Highway Administration with other states and consultants, JMT discovered that there were no documented state or national standards. This is considered an industry changing solution which could become standard across the country.
They also won two merit awards for improvements for widening a 225-foot section of Arch Rd. into a four-lane cross section improving lane continuity to Midlothian Turnpike and constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Arch Road and Arboretum Parkway in Chesterfield County. The third award is for improvements of Odd Fellows Road in Lynchburg.
Mason and Hanger of Richmond received a Grand Award for completing the New U.S. Compound in Islamabad, Pakistan. This $1 Billion project houses over 2,500 people across 43 acres and is the largest U.S. Embassy in the world. The compound is designed to withstand natural or manmade disasters backed up by a large central utility plant. It includes a chancery building, a three-level parking structure, community structure, support annex, a warehouse, a utility building, a Marine security guard residence and three, multi-story residential high-rises for the embassy community among other components of the embassy.
CHA Consulting Inc. (CHA) of Richmond received two honor awards:
CHA designed an innovative solution for the Accomack County Turf Landfill utilizing ClosureTurf®, which reduces the carbon footprint during construction up to 80%. A long-term benefit of using ClosureTurf® versus traditional soil is the reduction of maintenance costs by approximately 90% over the 30-year life of the landfill. Accomack County landfill is one of two landfills in the Commonwealth using ClosureTurf®.
The other Honor Award was for developing Glover Park, a world class sports complex consisting of 10 multipurpose athletic fields, a championship stadium, walking trails, restrooms and supporting infrastructure in Henrico County. Glover Park has opened the door to economic development in the county.
Draper Aden Associates of Richmond received an Honor Award for Hardywood West Creek brewery in Goochland County. The 55,000-square-foot destination brewery sits on 24 acres and includes a public taproom with a built-in stage, a mezzanine-level private event space with conference room and balcony, an outdoor patio and beer garden, and a food truck plaza.
Dewberry of Glen Allen received a Merit Award by moving powerlines underground, decreasing power outages faced by the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System and UVA Foundation by 90%. Despite the campus being hit by snow and wind storms in the first 10 months following the completion of the project, Dewberry’s solution resulted in zero power outages.
Whitman Requardt and Associates, Inc (WRA) of Richmond received a Merit Award for its two-mile 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.
For more information on any individual project, please contact Justin Rinaldi, ACEC Virginia Communications Specialist.
Media Contact: Justin Rinaldi
Phone: (804) 447-2171