Press Release - EEA, April 2017

ACEC New York Presents 50th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards

World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Downtown Design Partnership Wins Top Award

NEW YORK, April 1, 2017 — On Saturday, April 1, over 800 consulting engineers and clients attended the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York’s (ACEC New York) 50thth annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala at the New York Midtown Hilton. Awards were presented to ACEC New York member projects in the following categories: studies, research, and consulting services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; energy; industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities; and special projects.

“Fifty years ago, many of the innovative ideas behind these award-winning projects were impossible dreams,” said Mark McAnany, Chair of ACEC New York. “Now, during our 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards, we pause to not only look back at how far we’ve come but look forward to how far we can and will go.”

That evening, ACEC New York honored two exceptional New York government entities through named Awards of Merit. The Award of Merit honorees for 2017 are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York Division and the New York Building Congress for their commitment to improving the infrastructure of New York through their policies and programs. Proceeds from the event benefitted the ACEC New York Scholarship Fund, formally the New York Consulting Engineering Scholarship & Educational Fund. ACEC New York also honored all the past Award of Merit honorees, including the PANYNJ, the MTA, the NYSDOT, the NYCDEP, the NYS Thruway Authority, NYCDDC, NYSEFC, and DASNY. Three scholarships were given that evening: two in honor of the two 2017 Awards of Merit honorees and a special 50th Anniversary scholarship in honor of all the past Award of Merit honorees.

Diamond Awards were presented live to the 30 most exceptional projects, both within New York State and worldwide. Congressman John Katko (NY 24th district) and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY 18th district) acted as the Masters of Ceremony for the Diamond Award presentations.

The Empire Award, the top-rated project designed and built entirely within New York State, was announced that night and presented to the Downtown Design Partnership (STV/AECOM Joint Venture) in association with Parsons Transportation and Santiago Calatrava for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. This project is a key component of the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of September 11. It serves as a portal to the 16-acre World Trade Center site, providing seamless public access for more than 250,000 daily users of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) station and integrates with 10 Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit subway lines.

Projects that received Diamond Awards that evening were:

Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services
Chazen Engineering, Land Surveying, & Landscape Architecture, D.P.C.: Kaal Rock Connector Feasibility Study
Sam Schwartz Engineering, DPC: Brooklyn-Queens Connector
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff: Amtrak Gateway Systems Design Project

Building/Technology Systems
Dagher Engineering PLLC: VIA: Systems Innovations for the CourtScraper
Jaros, Baum & Bolles: Jerome L. Greene Science Center
Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers, PC: The Beekman Hotel and Residences Restoration
ME Engineers: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Structural Systems
Ammann & Whitney / AECOM: Wm. Preston Lane, Jr. Bridge Main Cable Rewrapping & Dehumidification
Ammann & Whitney Louis Berger's Long Span Bridge Division: Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge
Buckland & Taylor International, Inc.: WTC Transportation Hub - Erection Engineering
Gilsanz Murray Steficek: American Physical Society
GZA GeoEnvironmental of New York: Silverstar Mercedes Queens
Hardesty & Hanover, LLC: Arthur Ashe Stadium Retractable Roof
Thornton Tomasetti and Hardesty & Hanover: U.S. Bank Stadium

Surveying and Mapping Technology
Langan Engineering, Environmental, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, D.P.C.: St. Patrick's Cathedral Restoration

Langan Engineering, Environmental, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, D.P.C.: 365 Bond

Waste and Storm Water
CB&I/Baker/Gannett Fleming JV: Interim Upgrade of Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant
P.W. Grosser Consulting: Meschutt County Park Wastewater Upgrades

Water Resources
Hazen and Sawyer/AECOM (JV): Croton Water Filtration Plant

CHA Consulting, Inc.: Cleveland Drive over I-90 Bridge Replacement
Downtown Design Partnership (STV/AECOM joint venture) in association with Parsons Transportation Group and Santiago Calatrava: The World Trade Center Transportation Hub
HDR: MBTA Government Center Station
John S. Deerkoski, P.E. & Associates: Alexander Hamilton Bridge

Special Projects
CH2M, RBA and WXY: Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.: Maggie Daley Park
Langan Engineering, Environmental, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, D.P.C.: 56 Leonard Street
NV5: Plaza De Las Americas
STV/AECOM (formerly URS): Reconstruction of Route 9A and Lower Manhattan

CHA Consulting, Inc.: No Whey! Converting Yogurt Waste to Energy

Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities Category
Chazen Engineering, Land Surveying, & Landscape Architecture, D.P.C.: RSR Corp. - Wet Electrostatic Precipitator

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ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of 280 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Our shared goals are to further the business interests of our membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of our communities. For more information, visit Note to Editor: A complete listing of the award-winning projects is available on the Engineering Excellence page of ACEC New York’s website ( For more information on the projects or other inquiries, contact Natasha Burns,, 518-452-8611.

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