Spotlighting the People & Projects of the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Whether a sweeping bridge span or a seemingly simple stormwater drainage solution, no one understands the complexities and inner workings of any given project quite like an engineer. When all is said and done, it’s not merely about the end result, it’s also about the pursuit of excellence: the lessons learned, the small victories and the challenges conquered along the way. That’s why the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) isn’t merely dedicated to advancing the business of engineering, it’s also committed to celebrating the excellence of the industry’s collective endeavors and successful achievements with its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Chosen projects demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, intricacy and value as identified by a panel of four judges. This year’s panel was comprised of Meg Pirkle, P.E., Chief Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation; Angela Snyder, P.E., Project Manager for Wolverton & Associates, Inc.; Kip Stokes, P.E., Vice President/ Business Unit Leader for Balfour Beatty Construction; and Eddie Williams, P.E., President and CEO of Keck & Wood. These judges rated submissions according to a number of factors: the basis of uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner's needs, including schedule and budget. GRAND AWARD WINNER WALTER P MOORE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS Atlanta, Georgia In keeping with such a high-profile project in the heart of the birthplace of famed Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a number of highly respected collaborators delivered a superior and innovative design in their striking realization of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta. Included among this list of collaborators was Walter P. Moore’s Atlanta office. The physical fulfillment of the 43,000-square-foot building is as sound and exquisite as the principles upon which the Center is founded. From the moment it opened its doors in 2014, it has extolled the story of American civil rights to an endless stream of visitors, while raising awareness of human rights issues throughout the world. But before that vision could become a reality, the imaginative team at Walter P Moore had to flex its creative muscle in its role as Lead Structural Engineer. Located on the same 20-acre grounds as the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium, the future site of the Center presented the challenge of a 20-foot slope paired with the sensitivity of a spot that had been developed numerous times over the course of Atlanta’s history. After evaluating several potential solutions for the unbalanced lateral soil forces on the building, Walter P. Moore employed a soil nail wall that could be built economically and with minimal disturbance to both the sensitive site itself and the neighboring Georgia Aquarium structure. Special engineering ingenuity was also employed when the firm blended seismic requirements with architect Phil Freelon’s design vision to create an elegant concrete structure with sloping columns. For the irregular curving fagade, Walter P Moore utilized a combination of structural steel members and carefully detailed metal studs, which were fabricated in straight sections but cleverly arranged, to form the sinuous doubly-curving fagade surfaces. The resulting revelation comprised enormous, gracefully sloping fagade walls clad in a multi-colored mix of earthy shades to suggest different races coming together - representative of interlocking arms that cradle the central space, symbolizing unity and harmony. These walls embrace three levels of unique historical content in interactive exhibits, galleries and event spaces. To underscore the gravity of the civil rights stories told throughout the interior, the architect selected exposed concrete ceilings, brushed-concrete columns and angled walls. Since its debut, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights has been met with rave reviews from guests and the media. Cited as a beacon for human rights activism throughout the world, it has played host to everyone from schoolchildren to Hollywood celebrities to heads of state - far surpassing expectations for first year attendance, STATE AWARD WINNERS ASCEND, LLC North Airfield Deicing Facility Atlanta, Georgia Following the grounding of its winter fleet by a fierce and unprecedented four-day winter storm in 2014 - resulting in a crushing $240 million loss - Delta Air Lines teamed up with the City of Atlanta and ASCEND, LLC to design and craft a state-of-the-art deicing facility located on Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s North Airfield. ASCEND - representing a joint venture between Prime Engineering, Inc., Atkins Global, Delon Hampton & Associates and Southeastern Engineering, Inc. - created a facility with a $38 million price tag that would be recouped in less than one day of a significant winter storm. As one would imagine of the busiest airport in the world, real estate is rather difficult to come by - making a confined space at the North Airfield one of the most challenging aspects of this project. By employing ingenuity, ASCEND was able to exceed expectations by creating a layout for 15 parking positions - allowing for greater deicing capacity than what was originally believed - at no additional cost. Among the most innovative features of the new deicing facility are: onsite burners and heat generation to ensure instantaneous "on-demand” delivery of hot water for the deicing process; aircraft movement plan using 3-D computergenerated graphics in a virtual facility simulation; electronic virtual tower system taking up a fraction of a physical observation ramp tower’s space; and environmentally friendly stormwater collection system that accumulates all glycol, either for discharge into the treatment system or to be hauled off by truck to a reclamation facility. GEOSYNTEC CONSULTANTS Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project Savannah, Georgia Poised on the Savannah River approximately five miles east of the historic streets of the City of Savannah, all 780 acres of Elba Island are owned by Southern LNG Company, LLC (SLNG) - a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. The primary function of this island is to supply natural gas to the Southeast market through a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. In order to maintain SLNG’s marine berth and ship turning basin, support continued operations and allow for LNG deliveries, approximately 1.25 million cubic yards of maintenance dredging is performed and hauled to a 240-acre upland dredge material containment area (DMCA) on the island each year. Over time, it became clear that the DMCA was reaching maximum capacity and an innovative storage solution was needed. A significant lateral expansion was necessary in order for the DMCA dykes to be raised for increased storage capacity. Unfortunately, this expansion meant that a tidally influenced ditch would have to be filled. In order to maintain geotechnical integrity with Federal and State regulatory agencies as recompense for the loss of the tidally influenced habitat, Geosyntec Consultants proposed the restoration of historic salt marshes that had long been buried beneath the dredge material. The restoration of the marsh would not only meet regulatory requirements, but it was designed to be self-sustaining. Serving as the prime consultant providing engineering, design, permitting, construction quality assurance and services for the Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project, Geosyntec Consultants far exceeded expectations when the restored marsh was already performing consistent with five-year projections within the first year. Moreover, the Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project represented the first major ecological restoration in the Savannah Harbor in more than a decade. Regulatory agencies lauded Geosyntec’s unique approach as the “model” for how to do salt marsh restoration in Georgia. The successful completion of the salt marsh restoration and lateral expansion meant that SLNG was able to extend the life of the DMCA disposal capacity by 25 years. PALMER ENGINEERING COMPANY Ennis Hall Renovation and Seismic Upgrade Milledgeville, Georgia In the century since Ennis Hall was first constructed on the campus of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, it had fallen into a state of disrepair. Earmarked to serve as home to the University’s Art Department, it was clear that - in order to revive the circa 1916, four-story former residence hall - the lateral capacity of its unreinforced load-bearing brick walls would need to be upgraded. Palmer Engineering Company was tasked with not only bringing the structure into compliance with building and seismic codes, but also with reconfiguring the interior to accommodate offices, classrooms, studio spaces, a small theater and open gallery spaces. Among the long list of challenges - above and beyond the age and state of the structure - were the limited site space; antiquated utility systems; need to add an elevator for accessibility and extend stairs for proper egress; removal of 18 feet of brick load-bearing wall on all floors to provide large studio and gallery spaces; and removal of another 18 feet of load-bearing brick wall at the bottom floor to provide additional space for a darkroom and theater. There was also a need to repair wood framing from rot and neglect, and improve stair enclosures for proper smoke and fire ratings, as well as enhanced aesthetics. In the end, Palmer was able to retain the classical revival building’s considerable character and charm while employing innovative solutions to a wide variety of civil, architectural and structural challenges. Some of those solutions included the introduction of steel plate shear walls, high load floor diaphragms, foundation underpinning and numerous steel transfer beams. The 100-year-old building has been upgraded for better functionality and is now poised to provide another 100 years of service to the university. UZUN + CASE, LLC Kennesaw State Student Recreation and Activities Center Kennesaw, Georgia Unveiled in August 2015, Kennesaw State University’s Student Recreation and Activities Center comprises a seamless blend of a renovation of the existing activities building with the integration of an entirely new structure - tripling the size of the original facility and upping the “wow factor” exponentially. The new state-of-the-art facility includes two swimming pools, five basketball courts, indoor soccer court, weight and fitness area, rock-climbing wall, indoor track, racquetball courts, a variety of multi-use classrooms and a demonstration kitchen. Working with budget and safety of the structure at top-of-mind, Uzun + Case integrated multiple structural systems and analysis techniques. On one hand, renovation efforts included underpinning the existing building, providing new openings in existing load bearing walls and studying the effect of the partial building demolition on the existing lateral system. On the other hand, the cantilevered running track, corrosive environment of the pool, multiple roof planes and expansive curtainwall systems were just some of the structural design challenges involved in the new construction. All challenges were met and the result is a stunning structure that will undoubtedly instill a greater sense of pride and community in Kennesaw State’s Owl Nation for years to come. SMALL-SCALE PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNER HOFSTADTER AND ASSOCIATES, INC. Sidewalks, Lighting and Park Vidalia, Georgia For the first time, ACEC Georgia chose to recognize a Small-Scale Project of the Year recipient for project construction budgets that did not exceed $2.5 million. Coming in at an impressive $1.1 million, the revitalization of the City of Vidalia’s downtown area literally looked like a million bucks! Prior to Hofstadter and Associates’ involvement, the northern sector of Vidalia’s downtown area had fallen into disrepair. The city sought to fix and replace broken and unsafe sidewalks, streets filled with potholes, streetlights that did not produce proper illumination, a poorly draining stormwater collection system and underutilized parking spaces. It also hoped to incorporate an area for local citizens to gather. To that end, Hofstadter developed a plan to revitalize and reenergize the downtown area with new sidewalks constructed with beauty strips of sod or colored and stamped concrete, as well as new curbs, gutters and an asphalt overlay. To further improve conditions for pedestrians, new striping and a walkway system were added. Portions of the internal parking area were reconstructed to provide ample parking areas and a properly sized storm drain pipe was installed to eliminate poor drainage and ponding. New benches, trash receptacles, lighting, landscaping and irrigation lines were placed throughout the project to lend to the cohesiveness of a “Main Street” feel. The central feature of the project was the introduction of a nearly 2,000-square-foot interactive splash pad, which contains twenty customizable spray nozzles and interchangeable LED lights. Hofstadter was able to exceed its client’s expectations with this last element of the project, as the City of Vidalia did not anticipate the incorporation of an interactive park experience. HONOR AWARD WINNERS AECOM TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC. TIA Program Management - Band 1 River Valley, Heart of Georgia and Central Savannah River Area Special Districts, Georgia AECOM was tasked with providing management services to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for the implementation and execution of the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2010 in the River Valley, Heart of Georgia and Central Savannah River Area Special Districts. With an initial focus on an astounding 263 projects in Band 1 (valued at $302 million), the AECOM program management team supplied crucial oversight and collaboration to GDOT, ensuring that all projects were either complete or let to construction per TIA legislation. While achieving benefits desired by voters in the three regions, projects were delivered by the December 31, 2015 deadline at or under budget. BURNS & MCDONNELL ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC. Georgia Army National Guard Macon Readiness Center Macon, Georgia By providing comprehensive planning, design and construction support and enhanced commissioning services to the Georgia Department of Defense, Burns & McDonnell had a hand in the realization of the first LEED Gold certified facility for the Georgia Army National Guard. Despite limited federal funding, the new 56,000-square-foot Macon facility comprises a number of energy- conserving features, including occupancy sensors, energy management systems and water-saving fixtures thanks to Burns & McDonnell’s application of sound engineering principles and AsHRAE 189.1. CHA CONSULTING, INC. Social Circle-Fairplay Road at Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Social Circle, Georgia In preparation for the development of an $85 million, 1,370-acre reservoir to serve Walton and Oconee counties, CHA’s use of innovation was the key to overcoming a set of challenges posed by the relocation and reconstruction of Social Circle-Fairplay Road - a major thoroughfare transecting the central portion of the future Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir. In order to provide a shorter, more favorable crossing of the future reservoir at Hard Labor Creek, the CHA team designed a graceful, 750-foot, five- span, pre-stressed concrete bridge of durable materials with a roadway crown of 85 feet above the steep and rugged valley. At Reedy Creek, CHA employed a 1,000-foot causeway and 165-foot-long three-span concrete bridge above an existing concrete box culvert to support its construction and allow for the passage of small recreational boats. HEATH & LINEBACK ENGINEERS, INC. Broad Avenue Bridge over the Flint River Albany, Georgia In order to honor the past while replacing the historically significant circa 1921 Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Flint River in Albany, Heath & Lineback designed a new bridge with an impressive 320-foot main span, visually appealing arch, "windowed” railing, masonry inlays and access to the riverside park and view sheds. Built in segmental post tensioned concrete, the main bridge span is the longest concrete bridge span built in Georgia - where previously only steel would be considered for a project of this magnitude. POND & COMPANY Atlanta Gas Light STRIDE Duluth Pipeline Duluth, Georgia To help Atlanta Gas Light meet the needs of its customers and the goals the natural gas provider set forth in its 10-year system reinforcement program, STRIDE, Pond & Company served as the primary design and engineering consultant for a Duluth expansion. This complex endeavor involved the design of a new pipeline and regulator station, as well as the coordination of all aspects of the project from survey and land acquisition to construction and start-up. One of the biggest project challenges was the 1,000 linear feet horizontal directional drill across I-85 parallel to Exit 108 - Duluth Hwy 120, which utilized two drill rigs instead of the typical single drill rig. This allowed the pilot pipe to be cycled back and forth through the pilot hole, reducing installation time and risk of re-drilling without disruption of traffic on 1-85. KIMLEYH0RN Avalon Alpharetta, Georgia In keeping with the growing popularity of Alpharetta’s Avalon - a sustainably designed, 86-acre mixed-use development of world-class shops, restaurants and entertainment balanced with upscale office space and housing - Kimley-Horn was tasked with developing a traffic plan and site design to create balance between the pedestrian experience and Avalon’s well-traveled streets. The result comprised wide-laned streets, broad sidewalks with ample seating for patrons who choose to linger, raised crosswalks for added safety, lush streetscapes with colorful landscaping, bike racks and a variety of on-street parking. POND & COMPANY Barrow Academic Building Lanier Technical College Winder, Georgia Pond & Company led the design team for the realization of a stand-alone academic building for Lanier Technical College to house its Allied Health Sciences Program and Business Technology track, as well as Automotive Technology, Welding, Mechatronics and Commercial Refrigeration/HVAC program spaces. Representative of the College’s very first building on its new Winder campus, the state-of-the art facility is cohesively designed to accommodate a variety of programs that are rich in the latest education technology, academic space design, and teaching laboratory and simulation areas. The light, airy and wholly functional building also houses an administrative suite, library and student lounge, which also functions as a bookstore and cafe. POND & COMPANY Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center Atlanta, Georgia In its capacity as Project Manager and Design/Engineering Consultant, Pond & Company helped the community surrounding Charlie Brown Airport and Fulton Industrial Boulevard realize a long-term goal with the development of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (FCACCC). The resulting $5.1 million facility now provides training opportunities and educational resources for aspiring aviators, a large multi-purpose room and outdoor event space for the community to enjoy, as well as an exhibition space for the display of artwork and the instruction of people of all ages. In addition to the utilization of an aviation theme throughout, the design included the application of an insulated metal panel wall system within a brick veneer cavity wall, as well as an intricate drainage system and stormwater management facility. WOOLPERT, INC. MARTA Buckhead Station Pedestrian Bridge 3D Laser Scanning to 3D Revit Model Atlanta, Georgia Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) tasked Woolpert with a project that involved the innovative use of 3D laser scanning technology. Woolpert created a 3D scan of MARTA’s new Buckhead Station Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses GA-400 and provides pedestrian access to the station on the north end. The scan was then used to produce a 3D Revit model for the realization of a compelling executive flythrough presentation to deliver to MARTA’s Executive Board. The client’s final deliverable consisted of a 3D BIM visual representation of the fully completed MARTA Buckhead Station Pedestrian Bridge and an accurate CADD as-built model of the facility as constructed.
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