HNTB projects honored among nation’s best in design-build competition

Design-Build Institute of America announced its winners in the national 2020 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 15, 2020) – Two HNTB Corporation projects were recently recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America as being among the nation’s best design-build projects. The Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, Missouri, and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York, New York, each received Merit Awards as part of the national 2020 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition.

HNTB served as designer on the Champ Clark Bridge and engineer on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

The new Champ Clark Bridge replaced a structurally deficient and functionally obsolete crossing of the Mississippi River that opened in 1928.

As engineer on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, HNTB’s scope of work included improving bridge operational reliability and safety by upgrading the lift span operating system both electrically and mechanically.

“HNTB is extremely proud to have served our clients and design-build partners on these impressive projects. Our firm works collaboratively every day with our clients and design-build partners to deliver infrastructure solutions that solve challenging and complex problems,” said Keith Hinkebein, PE, HNTB Design Build president. “Throughout the firm, and especially for the teams responsible for delivering the Champ Clark Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, DBIA’s recognition is high praise and a meaningful honor.”

As Merit Award winners, the Champ Clark Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge will now compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year to be announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo Awards Ceremony, Oct. 29, 2020.

DBIA’s 2020 award-winning projects were evaluated by a panel of design-build experts. A full list of project winners, including photos and descriptions of each project can be found online at DBIA’s Project/Team Awards page.

According to DBIA, the competition received among the largest number of entries in many years and the diversity of projects was impressive. Jurors found that across all sectors and project types, there is a growing amount of design-build innovation redefining project success far beyond just schedule and budget.