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.

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