Businesses featured this week: Alfred Benesch & Co., Brayman Construction Corp., CECO Associates Inc., Century Engineering Inc., Figg Bridge Engineers Inc., GHD Inc., HDR Engineering Inc., HNTB Corp., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Kwame Building Group Inc., L.R. Kimball, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Tri-Gold
Harrisburg-based American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania gave the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5-0 near Allentown and Michael Rebert, its district executive, a 2013 Client of Distinction award. The district has demonstrated clear and fair business practices that have greatly improved the project delivery pipeline. It has the second largest program in the state, with 90 engineering firms working for the district, and has demonstrated impressive efficiency in its selection process, completing its selection process within 30 days, versus PennDOT's policy of 90 days. Additionally, negotiations, payment practices and other administrative functions are efficient, fair and transparent. Donald V. Gennuso and Michael M. Ryan received Distinguished Awards of Merit in recognition of their tireless efforts on behalf of ACEC/PA and their advancement of consulting engineering. Gennuso is CEO of Pittsburgh-based SAI Consulting Engineers Inc.; as well as chairman of the Cecil Township, Washington County, Municipal Authority; past chairman of the Cecil Township Planning Commission; and a member of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority board. Ryan has single-handedly led the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition's effort to meet with nearly every member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to advance transportation funding. He is vice president of transportation with Michael Baker Corp.'s Harrisburg office. Prior to retirement, he was employed with PennDOT for 35 years as a district engineer, state director of maintenance, chief engineer and deputy secretary for highway administration. Tri-Gold, a joint venture of North Carolina-based HDR Engineering Inc., California-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and Missouri-based Kwame Building Group Inc., received a Best Panel Award for the most compelling graphical representation of a project, as well as an honor award for transportation engineering excellence, for its North Shore Connector project for the Port Authority of Allegheny County. The project included a first-of-a-kind tunnel bored under the Allegheny River, cutting-edge architectural designs at three new stations, innovative heavy civil construction, and achievements in art and archeology. Tri-Gold provided construction management of the 1.2-mile extension. The panel highlights the important business aspects of the project, and its lead picture makes you feel as if you are standing in the tunnel. Florida-based Figg Bridge Engineers Inc. received the best-in-the-state Grand Conceptor award for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Monongahela River Bridge that opened in July. The 3,022-foot-long bridge features a layout with seven continuous spans, including a 518-foot main span, octagonal-shaped piers stretching 200 feet in the air and an elegant variable-depth superstructure that creates a slender ribbon along the tops of the trees. It was built from above, resulting in long, open spans to protect the environment while also providing for continuous rail, vehicular and barge traffic in the areas below the bridge. Michael Baker Jr. Inc. received a studies, research and consulting honor award for developing a computer-based bridge inspection training program with a video game-style user interface for the Federal Highway Administration that provides real-world bridge inspection experience with virtual concrete and steel bridges. The virtual 3-D bridges feature a complete array of typical defects, and the program includes appropriate inspection tools. It also received a building/technology systems honor award for the York Adams Transportation Authority's advanced parking management system that was built to accommodate parking needs for the Gettysburg National Military Park's 150th anniversary. In order to preserve historic land, additional surface parking lots were not considered a viable solution. The system was developed to guide visitors to available parking in remote sites that link to high-quality public transportation to deliver them to their destinations. Cambria County-based L.R. Kimball received a structural systems honor award for its design for the rehabilitation of PennDOT's Sergeant Michael Strank Memorial Bridge near Johnstown that proposed a single, T-shaped bridge that eliminated the need for two separate bridges and improved vehicle and pedestrian access. PennDOT realized substantial future maintenance cost savings by constructing a new bridge, rather than repairing the old structure. Brayman Construction Corp. was the contractor. Scranton-based CECO Associates Inc. received an environmental honor award for Keystone Sanitary Landfill Inc.'s material solidification facility in Dunmore, Lackawanna County. The centralized stabilization plant incorporates specialized closed watertight containers for storage and transportation of well-cuttings generated by natural gas fracking operations. GHD Inc. received a water and stormwater honor award for facility improvements to the Huntingdon Wastewater Treatment Plant that employs denitrification filters and an autothermal thermophilic aerobic digestion system to meet Chesapeake Bay treatment requirements. Alfred Benesch & Co. received a water resources honor award for the rehabilitation of Schuylkill County Municipal Authority's Indian Run Dam that dates from 1926. The project was constructed during one of Pennsylvania's wettest years on record and still came in nearly $1.3 million under budget. Century Engineering Inc. of Fairview Township received a special projects honor award for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.'s 3,600-foot-long, 200-foot-high, Skyrush mega coaster. The $25 million project used technology to successfully fit the land assigned while addressing the complex physics of the ride and unique geometry of the constrained site. HNTB Corp. received a small projects honor award for a pedestrian bridge in Philadelphia that spans two CSX mainline tracks and connects the Schuylkill River Park to the Schuylkill Banks greenway along the Schuylkill River.