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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.

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