12 HNTB projects earn ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

Seven projects will move to ACEC’s national awards competition.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 26, 2024) HNTB received awards for 12 projects at American Council of Engineering Companies’ Engineering Excellence Awards competitions for 2024. The Engineering Excellence Awards competition is one of the industry’s most prestigious, recognizing engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.

Seven of HNTB’s Engineering Excellence Award winning projects will compete in ACEC’s national awards competition which is open to the top winning projects from the state competitions. The national winners will be chosen by a panel of judges in March and recognized at the Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner and Gala Award Program in Washington, D.C., in June.

HNTB’s winners are:

ACEC California

Del Mar Bluffs Emergency Repair Project at Mile Post 245.2– Merit Award

The Del Mar Bluffs Emergency Repair Project at Mile Post 245.2 provided emergency repair work after the collapse of a 100-year-old sea wall on the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo rail line (LOSSAN). The team was able to develop the repair plan in just two weeks, ensuring rail operations were quickly restored. HNTB served as engineer of record for the project.

ACEC Florida

Orlando International Airport Terminal C- Grand Award, Grand Conceptor Award (advances to ACEC national competition)

Orlando International Airport’s 1.8-million-square-foot Terminal C facility increases capacity for the rapidly growing region while continuing to provide an exemplary passenger experience. It features many industry-first elements that maximize the safety, security and efficiency of the travel process. HNTB served as architect of record for the project.

ACEC Indiana

I-65/I-70 North Split Project- Honor Award (advances to ACEC national competition)

The North Split project encompassed the complete replacement and reconstruction of the north junction of I-65 and I-70, along with three incoming interstates. Throughout the project, 50 bridges were constructed or reconstructed, along with critical entrance and exit ramps. HNTB served as the engineering and environmental lead as well as the technical procurement advisor.

ACEC Kansas

Monticello Road Improvements Phases 1 & 2- Engineering Excellence Award (advances to ACEC national competition)

The Monticello Road Improvements boasts a newly aligned roadway with increased safety, access and capacity for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in southwest Shawnee, Kansas. The project included a new roundabout at the intersection of 75th Street and the realigned Monticello Road, new curbs and gutters, storm sewer, culverts, sidewalks and trails, three miles of bike lanes, street lighting and retaining walls. HNTB served as the lead engineering, planning and design consultant.

Upper Mill Creek Stormwater Improvements- Engineering Excellence Award

The Upper Mill Creek Stormwater Improvements alleviated 21 homes and businesses of flooding over five streets. The project included planting native vegetation and other environmental considerations to maintain the natural stream running through Downtown Olathe as well as improvements to the sanitary sewer and waterlines. HNTB served as design consultant for the project.

ACEC Maine

Portland Area Widening and Safety Improvements- Honor Award (advances to ACEC national competition)

The Portland Area widening Program, Maine’s largest transportation project in decades, included widening five centerline miles of highway, reconstructing medians with concrete barriers, improving drainage, and upgrading 16 bridges and five interchanges, among many other elements. HNTB played a key role during planning and subsequently as primary designer of the project.

ACEC Massachusetts

I-495 Haverhill Bridge Replacement over Merrimack River- Finalist (advances to ACEC national competition)

This design-build project replaced existing bridges carrying I-495 traffic northbound and southbound over the Merrimack River in Haverhill, MA. The new bridges feature wider lanes, full-width breakdown lanes and reserved lanes for potential future expansion.  HNTB provided design and engineering services.

ACEC Metro Washington

Rock Creek Park Trail and Pedestrian Bridge- Merit Award, People’s Choice Award

The Rock Creek Park Trail and Pedestrian Bridge project reconstructed 3.7 miles of the existing Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail as well as adding over a mile of new trail connections. The project improves the overall condition and connectivity of the multi-use trail system and enhances visitor use and experience of Rock Creek Park. HNTB provided construction management and inspection services for the project.

ACEC Minnesota

Third Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation- Grand Award, Grand Conceptor Award  (advances to ACEC national competition)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Third Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project addressed the historic structure’s deteriorating conditions and extended its service life. The project replaced all elements above the arches, while protecting components of the remaining original structure. HNTB was responsible for the final design of this complex bridge rehabilitation project and served as an extension to the client during construction.

ACEC New Jersey

Lane Closure Management System Expansion- Distinguished Award

HNTB developed a Lane Closure Management System (LCMS) software application on behalf of NJDOT to replace the manually intensive paper, email, text and phone call process of managing lane closure requests for access to NJDOT roadways. The LCMS application digitized the outdated paper-based communication system and increased efficiency in the daily management of traffic permits and work zone reservation requests. HNTB provided software development and project management services to NJDOT.

ACEC New York

Jamaica Capacity Improvements, Phase 1, Platform F- Platinum Award

The Jamaica Capacity Improvements project consists of a new station platform, Platform F, and its associated track reconfiguration. Platform F will support a new Brooklyn shuttle service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal that will increase operational flexibility and through-put capacity. It also will provide much needed capacity to accommodate future trains traveling to and from Grand Central Terminal and contribute to the JCI’s overall mission to streamline and enhance rail service for its passengers. HNTB served as engineer of record for the project.

ACEC Wisconsin

WIS 50 – Reconstruction and Modernization Project- Best of State Award (advances to ACEC national competition)

The Wisconsin State Highway 50 project reconstructed an 8-mile corridor in Kenosha, WI. The project transformed the corridor into a multi-modal facility with connected bike lanes along all reconstructed roadways and crossroads, including 38 intersections, two at-grade railroad crossings and three grade separated railroad crossings. HNTB served as lead designer for the project.