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ACEC California Names Santa Clara CalTrain Pedestrian Underpass As 2018 Golden State Award Winner

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ACEC California named the Pedestrian Underpass Extension at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station as its 2018 Golden State Award Winner for its innovative design features that significantly expanded pedestrian and cyclist access. Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. served as the prime consultant and structural engineer to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority project. The Golden State Award is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of its Engineering Excellence Awards program.

“This year’s Golden State Award winner is a unique example of the future of California’s smarter, cleaner transportation infrastructure. The project expands both pedestrian and cyclist access via an efficient open-air ramp and improves the ability for community members to use regional rail lines,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “We congratulate Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. and commend Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority for its forward-thinking approach to its local transportation systems.”

Opened in June 2017, the underpass gives pedestrians and cyclists a safe, direct way to cross from the station on the west side of the Caltrain and Union Pacific Railroad tracks to Brokaw Road via a new open-air ramp. Previously, pedestrians and cyclists had to either cross the tracks illegally or journey 1.5 miles, navigating a busy overpass with minimal sidewalks and no bike lanes. A study indicated that up to 1,200 bicyclists and pedestrians would use a safe, legal crossing if available. The underpass will link directly to the future Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station planned for the east side of the tracks.

The 2018 Golden State Award was selected out of 55 projects and announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards banquet on February 8, 2018. The awards banquet is also a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, which provides scholarship awards to accomplished graduate and undergraduate students working towards a degree in engineering or land surveying. Both the Golden State Award winner and Honor Award winners are eligible to enter the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition and will be displayed on photographic panels outside the Governor’s office in the State Capitol to promote National Engineers Week from February 18-24th.

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.