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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.

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