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ACEC California Names Carollo Engineers, Inc. as 2019 Golden State Award Winner

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) named the Woodland Aquifer Storage and Recovery Wells #29 and #30 as its 2019 Golden State Award Winning project. The Golden State Award is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of its Engineering Excellence Awards program. Carollo Engineers, Inc. of Sacramento completed the project for the City of Woodland, California.

“This year’s Golden State Award winner is a unique example of how innovation and modernization can produce a water supply system that fully utilizes a city’s water rights while maintaining an economical price,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “We congratulate Carollo Engineers, Inc. and commend the City of Woodland for its comprehensive approach to addressing its supply needs during periods of high demand and drought.”

The City of Woodland has historically supplied potable water to its residents from groundwater wells. In recent years, this water supply has been challenged with regulatory changes to water quality requirements and drought conditions impacting aquifer levels. A regional project was begun to switch to the Sacramento River as a new surface water source. In the transition from groundwater to a higher quality treated surface water supply, the City implemented an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) program to reduce required peak treatment plant capacity, create significant potable water storage, and provide supply resiliency during potential surface water curtailment periods. ASR wells allow injection of treated surface water during low demand periods for both short-term and long-term storage and extraction during higher demand periods.

As the prime consultant through design and construction of this project, Carollo designed the two new ASR wells, oversaw well drilling and equipping, performed construction management services, and was responsible for startup assistance and a 12-month well development period.

The project utilized an innovative approach to implementing ASR wells for sustainable water supply, elimination of aquifer overdrafting, potable water quality improvement, drought resiliency, and reduction of costs to residents.

This project was designed to provide a higher quality, sustainable water supply to City residents with less environmental impact by optimizing the supply of potable water in a cost-efficient manner utilizing a cutting-edge approach.

The 2019 Golden State Award winner was selected out of 37 projects and announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards banquet in San Francisco on February 7, 2019. The awards dinner also served as a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, which provides scholarship awards to graduate and undergraduate students that are recognized for their notable and outstanding academic achievements.

Photographs of the Golden State Award winner and all Honor and Merit Award winning projects can be found here.

ACEC California is a statewide association representing over 1,000 private consulting engineering and land-surveying firms that average 20 employees each. ACEC California is dedicated to enhancing the consulting engineering and land surveying professions, protecting the general public and promoting the use of the private sector in the growth and development of our state. Our members provide services for all phases of planning, designing and constructing projects. For more information, visit www.acec-ca.org.

Eureka Firm Honored with ACEC California 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards

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In February, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2018 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards. Among the recipients, GHD Inc. located in Eureka, CA, was recognized with an Honor Award for its work on a local project – the Comprehensive Large-Scale Habitat Restoration in Crescent City.

“The heart of civil engineering is to solve complex challenges to help make people’s lives better,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year, we are recognizing a wide range of innovative projects that include improving transportation and roadways, giving students a high-quality school campus, or providing better access to clean water. I’m very proud of our engineering and land surveying firms and their local agency partners and private sector partners, who keep pushing the envelope to find smarter, more advanced ways to serve the people of California.”

In all, 39 California firms representing 55 projects were recognized. 19 Honor Awards were granted to 18 firms; 26 Merit Awards were granted to 20 firms; and 10 Commendation Awards were granted to 9 firms. The winner of the Golden State Award, an honor bestowed on the best overall project, was announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards dinner in February 2018. The awards dinner is also a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, which provides scholarship awards to accomplished graduate and undergraduate students. Honor Award winners that were eligible entered the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition and had their photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, in early 2018 during National Engineers Week.

About the Honor Award recipient from Eureka:

GHD Inc. in Eureka, CA, honored for its work on the Comprehensive Large-Scale Habitat Restoration in Crescent City, CA. The project encompassed improving all of the Runway Safety Areas at the Del Norte County Regional in order to allow commercial air service to continue at the facility. As part of its scope, the Runway Safety Area improvements also had to mitigate a breadth of wetlands and complete habitat restoration/re-establishment. The area impacted included 17 acres of protected wetlands, two special-status plant species and upland dune habitat areas – all of which were located in the Coastal Zone of Northern California and under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission.

Sonoma County Firms, Projects Honored with ACEC California 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards

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In February, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2018 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards. Summit Engineering, Inc. in Santa Rosa, was recognized with an Honor Award for its work on the new American AgCredit’s Headquarters; and GHD Inc. in Santa Rosa was honored with a Merit Award for its work on the Eastside Trunk Sewer & Roadway Reconstruction Project in Rohnert Park.

“The heart of civil engineering is to solve complex challenges to help make people’s lives better,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year, we are recognizing a wide range of innovative projects that include improving transportation and roadways, giving students a high-quality school campus, or providing better access to clean water. I’m very proud of our engineering and land surveying firms and their local agency partners and private sector partners, who keep pushing the envelope to find smarter, more advanced ways to serve the people of California.”

In all, 39 California firms representing 55 projects were recognized. 19 Honor Awards were granted to 18 firms; 26 Merit Awards were granted to 20 firms; and 10 Commendation Awards were granted to 9 firms. The winner of the Golden State Award, an honor bestowed on the best overall project, was announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards dinner in February 2018. The awards dinner is also a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, which provides scholarship awards to accomplished graduate and undergraduate students. Honor Award winners that were eligible entered the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition and had their photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, in early 2018 during National Engineers Week.

Honor Awards recipients from the Sonoma County area include:

Summit Engineering, Inc. in Santa Rosa, CA, for its work on the American AgCredit Headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA. The project consisted of providing lighting design and electrical engineering for the new headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA. The project incorporated unique design strategies to provide optimal energy efficiency, which culminated in a building that performs 26% better than the state’s Title 24 energy requirements.

Merit Awards recipients from the Sonoma County area include:

GHD Inc. in Santa Rosa, CA, for its work on the Eastside Trunk Sewer & Roadway Reconstruction Project Phases I-III in Rohnert Park, CA. The Eastside Trunk Sewer connects the eastern portions of the city to its main pump station on the west side of town. The sewer serves planned growth and provides capacity relief for portions of the city’s existing sewer collection system.

San Luis Obispo County Firm Honored with ACEC California 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards

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In February, the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2018 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards. Among the recipients, MKN & Associates, Inc. located in Arroyo Grande, CA, was recognized with an Honor Award for its work on the Jim May Park Denitrification Biofilter Project in Santa Maria.

“The heart of civil engineering is to solve complex challenges to help make people’s lives better,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year, we are recognizing a wide range of innovative projects that include improving transportation and roadways, giving students a high-quality school campus, or providing better access to clean water. I’m very proud of our engineering and land surveying firms and their local agency partners and private sector partners, who keep pushing the envelope to find smarter, more advanced ways to serve the people of California.”

In all, 39 California firms representing 55 projects were recognized. 19 Honor Awards were granted to 18 firms; 26 Merit Awards were granted to 20 firms; and 10 Commendation Awards were granted to 9 firms. The winner of the Golden State Award, an honor bestowed on the best overall project, was announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards dinner in February 2018. The awards dinner is also a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, which provides scholarship awards to accomplished graduate and undergraduate students. Honor Award winners that were eligible entered the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition and had their photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, in early 2018 during National Engineers Week.

About the Honor Award project from San Luis Obispo County:

MKN & Associates, Inc. in Arroyo Grande, CA, was recognized for its work on the Jim May Park Denitrification Biofilter Project in Santa Maria, CA. The project goal was to design an innovative wood-chip denitrification biofilter project that is unique to the Santa Maria region. The biofilter was designed to treat 200 – 300 gallons per minute of high-nitrate storm water and agriculture tail water and/or shallow groundwater and consisted of an earthen basin filled with wood chips and planted with wetland plants. MKN’s design team worked diligently within the City’s project constraints, developing design elements that not only met the City’s design goals, but ensured compatibility with the surrounding community.