ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Awards Held on March 15, 2017 - #2017EEA

Type:  Engineering Excellence Awards 

2017 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Awards 

Congratulations to the Winning Projects!




BOSTON, Mass. – March 15, 2017– The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) announced the recipients of the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards along with several other awards at the ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. Emcees Commissioner Carol Gladstone [Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)] and Commissioner Leo Roy [Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)] presented the awards on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in a ceremony at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, MA.


The Route 79/I-195 Interchange Improvements and Repairs and Painting of the Braga Bridge in Fall River, Massachusetts, designed by VHB, received the 2017 ACEC/MA Grand Conceptor award at the ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala on March 15. VHB provided lead design services for the $200M design-build reconstruction of the Route 79/I-195 Interchange in Fall River, MA.  This project included removal of 11 structurally deficient bridges and reconfiguration of the interchange into a substantially at-grade system, including 8 new bridges, miles of roadway, and major traffic system and utility upgrades. The new interchange improved safety and mobility for local and regional roadway users, and supports City goals of improving connectivity and driving development along the waterfront. This MassDOT megaproject reached full beneficial use in July of 2016, more than two months ahead of schedule and within allotted budget.


ACEC/MA recognized 35 engineering projects and presented several individual awards.


View/Purchase Photos From The 2017 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala



Celebrating the ACEC/MA 2017 Grand Conceptor Award: Route 79/I-195 Interchange Improvements and Repairs and Painting of the Braga Bridge

Back row, from left (7 total in row):

David Vivilecchia (ACEC/MA Past-President, VHB); Ed Whatley (VHB); Josh Trearchis (VHB); Brent Richard (VHB); Pete Sorensen (VHB); Pat Tracy-Callahan (VHB); Howard Goldberg (Barletta Heavy Division)

Front row, from left (8 total in row):

Stefanie Beaver (VHB); Susan Kremer (VHB); Gerald Bernard (MassDOT); Amy Getchell (MassDOT); Tom Jackmin (VHB); Jonathan Lee (VHB); Susan Lee (VHB); Kelsey Munns (VHB) 

(Photo Credit: Frank Monkewicz Photography)


Here are the 2017 Award Winners:


Grand Conceptor


Firm: VHB

Project: Route 79/I-195 Interchange Improvements and Repairs and Painting of the Braga Bridge

Project Location: Fall River, MA

Client: Massachusetts Department of Transportation

VHB provided lead design services for the $200M design-build reconstruction of the Route 79/I-195 Interchange in Fall River, MA. This project included removal of 11 structurally deficient bridges and reconfiguration of the interchange into a substantially at-grade system, including 8 new bridges, miles of roadway, and major traffic system and utility upgrades. The new interchange improved safety and mobility for local and regional roadway users, and supports City goals of improving connectivity and driving development along the waterfront. This MassDOT megaproject reached full beneficial use in July of 2016, more than two months ahead of schedule and within allotted budget.



Gold Award Winners:



Firm: GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc

Project: Driving Across the Hudson - Foundation Design for the New New York Bridge

Project Location: The Hudson River between South Nyack and Tarrytown, NY

Client: New York State Thruway Authority

The New NY Bridge (Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement) is a $3.98B Design-Build project that consists of the design and construction of two new 3-mile long multiple span structures that carry I-87/287 across the Hudson River. The foundation design developed by the project team resulted in significant construction cost savings, and was a key factor in the award of the project. The design team worked closely with the contractor to limit the number of piles, and maximize the span between piers. The end result was higher capacity piles and about 400 fewer than other proposers.

Firm: Kleinfelder

Project: Massport Coastal Flooding Resiliency Project

Project Location: Logan International Airport and South Boston Maritime Facilities (Boston, MA)

Client: Massachusetts Port Authority

Massport is implementing strategies to become more resilient to flooding, building on previous climate assessments and planning. Through the Coastal Flood Resiliency Project, Kleinfelder helped Massport design and implement physical floodproofing systems and flood operations plans to help protect critical infrastructure at Logan Airport and Maritime facilities.  Kleinfelder designed portable flood barrier systems, permanent flood doors, backflow preventers, and emergency electrical systems for Massport’s 10 most vulnerable critical assets. In addition, Kleinfelder and Massport developed Coastal Flood Operations Plans that scale to over 90 actions, across 50 sites, starting 72 hours in advance of flooding, and carrying through early recovery. 

Firm: Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Project: Great Lakes Water Authority Biosolids Drying Facility

Project Location: Detroit, MI

Client: New England Fertilizer Company

Completed in December 2015, the new $140 million Biosolids Dryer Facility serving the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area is the largest of its kind in North America.  Liquid wastewater sludge is thermally dried into a pelletized biosolids product, which is distributed to regional farms as a renewable substitute for chemical fertilizer or as an alternative fuel with characteristics similar to coal.  The entire project, from concept to start-up, was completed in just 30 months.  The facility, constructed on a former industrial site, has greatly improved neighborhood aesthetics and benefitted the local economy with the creation of jobs during construction and operations. 

Firm: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Project: National Museum of African American History and Culture

Project Location: Washington, DC

Client: Smithsonian Institution



Located on the National Mall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), a Smithsonian Institution museum, houses nearly 37,000 historical artifacts, documents and photos that trace African-American history through slavery, reconstruction, the civil rights era and into the 21st Century. The 425,000 square foot, $500 million museum is a cultural and architectural landmark. The NMAAHC represents best practice in sustainable building design, and has been designed to achieve LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] Gold certification from the USGBC.










Silver Award Winners:  


Project: Mitchell River Wooden Drawbridge Replacement

Project Location: Bridge Street, Chatham, MA

Client: MassDOT

The aging and severely deteriorated historic Mitchell River wooden drawbridge was replaced with a safer, innovative and context sensitive bridge that combines the aesthetics of wood with more durable and long-lasting key concrete and steel components. Designed in compliance with multiple Federal and state regulations, design standards, historic requirements and local input, the essence of the old bridge was skillfully captured in the new wooden drawbridge which maintains the signature look and characteristics that are important to the Town of Chatham. It was enthusiastically received by the community and is enjoyed by motorists, boaters, pedestrians, bicyclists and fishermen alike.

Firm:  CDM Smith, Inc.

Project: New Bedford Hurricane Barrier Access Improvements

Project Location: New Bedford, MA

Client: City of New Bedford, Massachusetts

Residents and visitors of New Bedford, Massachusetts received something they haven’t had in over 50 years; nearly unlimited access to the waterfront.  Thanks to the 10-foot wide, 1.5-mile-long elevated walkway atop the City’s Hurricane Protection Barrier, folks can walk, jog, or roll along this pathway; enjoying the spectacular view.  This two-phased access improvement project is equipped with railings on each side, bollard-style light fixtures, and access ramps which meet the requirements of the Architectural Barriers Act.  These features allow for a safe environment for pedestrians of all abilities and for workers who provide continual maintenance to the hurricane barrier. 

Firm: CDR Maguire, Inc

Project: Muddy Creek Restoration Bridge Project

Project Location: Route 28 (Orleans Rd) over Muddy Creek, Chatham/Harwich MA

Client: Town of Chatham & Town of Harwich

The Muddy Creek Restoration Bridge Project is an ecological restoration and bridge project advanced by the Towns of Chatham and Harwich, with support from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (MassDER), Cape Cod Conservation District, NOAA and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Two concrete culverts were replaced by a simple span integral abutment bridge which carries Route 28 over Muddy Creek on the Harwich-Chatham Town line in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The goal of the Project is to restore natural tidal flow between Muddy Creek and Pleasant Bay while restoring degraded wetlands.

Firm: Environmental Partners Group

Project: From the Ocean to the Bay, How Eastham Compressed a Century of Water Systems Development into 5 Years

Project Location: Eastham, MA

Client: Town of Eastham, Sheila Vanderhoef and then Jacqueline Beebe, Town Administrator

After seven years of contentious debate on Town Meeting Floor, in 2014 the Town of Eastham residents voted to move forward with a $130 Million town-wide water system. The project is the single largest and most ambitious water infrastructure program ever undertaken on Cape Cod.  Led by Environmental Partners Group’s innovative and fast-paced design and construction management program, the project is ahead of schedule and under budget, resulting in public water available to customers in only 30 months.  This system protects public health town-wide, provides sustainable water resources management, and assures the continued vitality of this historic and beautiful community

Firm: GEI Consultants, Inc.

Project: Gay Head Lighthouse Relocation

Project Location: Aquinnah, MA

Client: Town of Aquinnah, MA

The Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard stood on the edge of eroding bluffs less than 50 feet from its demise. With the surrounding community rallying together to raise $3.4 million through fundraising and charity events, an engineering team was assembled to move the lighthouse to safety. While working feverishly against time and an impending hurricane season, they discovered endangered plant life, historical artifacts, and the geology of the bluff. This project shows the dedication of not only the community, but also the engineering team who applied innovative methods to save this historical structure.

Firm: Green International Affiliates, Inc. / Architerra Inc.

Project: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters

Project Location: 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive) Westborough, MA

Client: MA Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAMM) and Maintenance/Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

The new $21M Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters overlooks a 1,000-acre wildlife management area. The 45,000-square foot building was the first state-owned zero net energy office building in the Commonwealth and it received the highest LEED rating, Platinum.

The project’s sustainable design features include optimum orientation to minimize heating and cooling energy use, use of natural light, geothermal system for radiant heating and cooling, rooftop solar panels, mechanically assisted natural ventilation, heat recovery, extensive onsite stormwater management, sustainable site plan with native species. This state-of-the-art facility serves as a public destination, promoting conservation education and teaching sustainability. 


Firm: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Project: MIT Kresge Auditorium and Chapel

Project Location: Cambridge, MA

Client: EYP Architecture & Engineering

Designed by Eero Saarinen and dedicated in 1955, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chapel and Kresge Auditorium are iconic mid-century modernist buildings. To preserve their Saarinen design while addressing sixty years of weathering and deterioration, MIT renovated both structures. Repairs to the chapel, a nondenominational space for worship and gathering, included mechanical upgrades, masonry repairs, curtain wall refurbishment, roof replacement, moat replacement, skylight refurbishment, and fall protection. The Kresge Auditorium, a venue for events, classes, and performances, received mechanical upgrades, concrete and steel repairs, partial replacement of copper roofing, and curtain wall rehabilitation including glazing upgrade.

Firm: Tetra Tech, Inc.

Project: Secondary National Roads Development Project

Project Location: Samar Islands, Philippines

Client: Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, the MCC-funded Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNDRP) was already in various stages of construction. Tetra Tech’s local engineers’ expertise and knowledge of climate proofing techniques helped safeguard the integrity of the road and surrounding area, as well as the livelihood of those living in the Samar and Eastern provinces. Through Tetra Tech’s climate proofing initiatives here and overseas, we continue to identify and mitigate risks and ensure they are greatly reduced to acceptable levels by implementing long-lasting and environmentally sound, economically viable and socially acceptable changes.

Firm: Weston & Sampson

Project: Medfield Charles River Gateway - Comprehensive Soil, Sediment, and Groundwater Redemption

Project Location: Medfield, MA

Client: Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM)


Weston & Sampson had the unique opportunity to implement a comprehensive remediation to safely relocate and cap 30,000 CY of asbestos fill from the banks of the Charles River and associated wetlands followed by restoration of ten acres of natural habitat to create the Charles River Gateway Park. The culmination of collaboration among stakeholders, this is the largest floodplain restoration along the Charles and the first-in-the-state DEP-permitted project for on-site relocation of a large volume of asbestos-containing fill. Restored to natural conditions, Charles River Gateway provides recreation amenities with breathtaking views of the river.

Firm: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Project: Marblehead Pipeline Replacement Project

Project Location: Marblehead & Salem, MA

Client: South Essex Sewerage District


The Marblehead Pipeline crosses under Salem Harbor and is the sole sewer connection between the Town of Marblehead and the South Essex Sewerage District treatment facility in Salem. After discovering and repairing a leak in the line, the District selected WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to assess the condition of the pipeline, evaluate repair or replacement alternatives, and provide design and construction services.  The entire 6,000-foot twin pipeline was found to be corroded beyond repair.  New pipelines designed by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff were successfully commissioned in August 2015.











Bronze Award Winners:  

Firm: Allen & Major Associates, Inc.

Project: Benchmark Senior Living

Project Location: 1 Cedar Street, Woburn, MA

Client: Benchmark Senior Living


The Benchmark at Woburn project represents how creative site civil design contributes to the future landscapes of our communities. The project was designed to assimilate an 87-unit assisted living and memory care facility into a residential area. The team resolved significant permitting, stormwater, traffic and environmental challenges by utilizing innovative applications of common construction materials, new techniques in adaptive traffic control and terraced landscape walls to minimize disturbance into riverfront area. The new residence blends seamlessly within the neighborhood it occupies and fulfills the goal of the neighbors, and the Client.


Firm: Allen & Major Associates, Inc.

Project: Brightview Canton

Project Location: 125 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA

Client: Shelter Development, LLC

Brightview Canton is a 160-unit community for seniors that resides on a former sand and gravel pit. The project required a thoughtful approach to engineering and a forward thinking development team to turn a mostly barren and impervious site into an environmentally responsible and modern development.  Innovative solutions to complex obstacles included Bioretention swales around the entire developed area to capture, treat and recharge stormwater runoff and planting low-nutrient, grassland in order to provide habitat.  

Firm: Allen & Major Associates, Inc.

Project: The Point Project

Location: Constitution Boulevard, Littleton, MA

Client: Littleton Commercial Investments (321 School Street, Mansfield, MA)

The Point is a 500,000 square foot mixed-use development located on 90 acres adjacent to Route 495 in Littleton, MA. The project features a “stacked” retail concept allowing the development to sit seamlessly within the hill and natural grades that surround it. Using urban design principals, the design features a mix of amenities that draw consumers to places to connect and socialize. Despite its great size, the Point showcases the ability of a large scale development to occur adjacent to priority environmental resource areas without risk of degradation.

Firm: BSC Group, Inc.

Project: Belmont Street & Trapelo Road Transportation Improvement Project

Project Location: Somerville/Boston, MA

Client: Town of Belmont


Long before the term Complete Streets came into vogue, the Town of Belmont and BSC Group were putting it into practice for the planning and design of the Trapelo Road corridor, a 2.5-mile urban arterial spanning Belmont from its borders with Cambridge and Waltham. Incorporating bicycle lanes, pedestrian accessibility, and traffic calming measures, the $17.1 million roadway reconstruction project was one of the first designed in conformance with the MassDOT Highway Design Guidebook. Distinguishing project features include coordination with the MBTA trackless trolley, incorporation of 350 street trees, and interconnection of 13 signalized intersections.

Firm: CHA

Project: University of Massachusetts Design & CA - Tilson Substation

Project Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA

Client: University of Massachusetts

CHA Consulting, Inc. developed a transmission-level substation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in only 18 months. The campus's system was connected to a nearby transmission system to improve service and alleviate strain on the local utility. The $30 million initiative installed a new substation with two independent power distribution centers and extended transmission lines to serve it. The project was made as invisible as possible by siting the substation in a remote corner of campus and performing the cut-over during off-hours. Technically and economically disconnecting the campus has enhanced reliability, strengthened resiliency, and unburdened the local distribution system.

Firm: City Point Partners LLC

Project: Massachusetts Gaming Commission Advisory Services, Casino Application Evaluations

Project Location: MA, Statewide

Client: Massachusetts Gaming Commission

City Point Partners and its Team— Epstein Joslin Architects, Green International Affiliates, Inc., and Dewberry—were engaged by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to review the applications for a gaming license for three resort casinos and one slot parlor.  The Team analyzed the responses provided by the applicants under the sections Building and Site Design and Mitigation, and advised the individual Commissioner responsible for each section. The team’s advice assisted the Commissioners with forming a recommendation to the full Commission.  Thus, the team enabled the Commission to have a clear understanding of the proposals as they progressed towards awarding the licenses.

Firm: GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Project: Muddy River Flood Damage Reduction and Environmental Restoration (Phase I)

Project Location: Boston & Brookline MA

Client: US Army Corps of Engineers - New England District

The Muddy River Flood Damage Reduction and Environmental Restoration Project is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project.  Successful completion of the project required the Contractor, Charter Environmental, Inc. to develop a construction-phase temporary water control plan. GZA assisted Charter in developing an innovative approach to passing the flows in the river while at the same time working to construct improvements within the river channel.  The plan used both pumping and open channels created by temporary steel sheet pile cofferdams to both protect work areas and maintain the ability to pass flood flows downstream.

Firm: HDR Engineering, Inc.

Project: Government Center Station Improvements

Project Location: Boston, MA

Client: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Opened in 1898 and unchanged since 1963, Government Center Station’s latest renovation eases travel for people in wheelchairs and require other mobility devices, and ensures ADA compliance. Prior to renovation, access to the station was only by a single set of stairs. Other upgrades include lighting, safety and security throughout the station. Full-station closure was a new concept for rehabilitations, allowing contractor’s to work unimpaired. The closure sped up the project by three years and saved $35 million. Completed early and under budget, other stations can use this as an example of how full closure can help the construction process.

Firm: HNTB Corporation

Project: Fitchburg Commuter Rail Involvement Program

Project Location: Fitchburg to Boston, MA

Client: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

HNTB partnered with the MBTA to combine a design-to-budget approach with innovative financing and scheduling for the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Improvement Program – one of the first commuter rail projects funded under FTA Small Starts. The 50-mile Fitchburg Line, previously the least reliable corridor in the MBTA system, today experiences 95% on-time-performance. Benefits include two new accessible stations, significantly greater train frequency, increased maximum speed to 79MPH, and a new modern signal system. This was accomplished through unique contract packaging and construction staging to minimize outages and disruption along an active mixed use commuter/freight rail corridor.


Firm: Louis Berger

Project: Route 2 Safety Improvement Project, Bridges Nos C-19-024, C-19-035 at Crosby's Corner

Project Location: Lincoln and Concord, MA


The Route 2/Route 2A Crosby’s Corner intersection has become one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in the state. This project provided safety improvements at Crosby's Corner. This was accomplished by constructing local service roads which run parallel to Route 2, a new roadway with a 135-foot single span bridge bypass the intersection at Crosby’s Corner. The benefits of the project include the ability to safely and efficiently accommodate traffic and to provide safe access to the residences and businesses located along the project corridor and preserving the eco system in the area.

Firm: Michael Baker International

Project: Holyoke Depot Square Railroad Station

Project Location: Holyoke, MA

Client: City of Holyoke

Michael Baker International provided architecture, engineering, and construction engineering and inspection for a new passenger rail platform in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The project involved place-making urban design strategies, innovative lighting design solutions, carefully planned accessibility features, and fast-track construction techniques, engaging a diverse team to accomplish a shared vision for a modern passenger rail facility. On August 27, 2015, Amtrak’s Vermonter train stopped and opened its doors at the new station, marking the first passenger train to stop in Holyoke since 1966. Michael Baker is proud to have been part of this historic moment for the City of Holyoke.

Firm: Michael Baker International

Project: Virtual Tunnel Inspection Training

Project Location: Nation Wide (including Worcester& Boston)

Client: National Highway Institute

As the nation’s tunnels age, a thorough assessment of each tunnel’s condition is critical to avoid a decline in service and maintain a safe and functional highway system. FHWA-NHI Course 130110, “Tunnel Safety Inspection,” provides the required training for inspectors. The course’s computer-based, three-dimensional, virtual reality tunnel inspection application provides hands-on experience with the tools and techniques that are used in tunnel inspection. The Michael Baker team applied innovative instructional system design principles to develop this highly interactive five-day course, which covers the entire breadth of knowledge necessary to perform a successful tunnel inspection.


Firm: Pare

Project: University Hall

Project Location: University of Massachusetts Boston

Client: University of Massachusetts Boston

Teamed with Wilson Architects, Pare Corporation was responsible for design and construction-phase services related to site/civil, traffic, and environmental permitting for UMass Boston’s new $130 million, 190,000-SF University Hall.  The new academic building includes nearly 2000 student seats, 500-seat auditorium, 150-seat recital hall, black-box theater, special studios and labs for the Art and Chemistry Departments, café, student lounges, and faculty offices.  The complex project grew more complicated when the site was moved during schematic design, requiring extraordinary coordination with other campus design teams and innovative design and phasing to maintain use of the adjacent Campus Center and below-building parking garage.

Firm: Parsons

Project: Beach Road over Lagoon Pond Bridge Replacement

Project Location: Oak Bluff/Tisbury, MA

Client: MassDOT

The Beach Road over Lagoon Pond Project involved replacement of the bascule bridge carrying Beach Road over Lagoon Pond between Oak Bluffs and Tisbury, Mass. In addition to providing a new crossing for roadway traffic, project concerns were safety issues for mariners related to restricted sight lines in the channel, and reduction of the number of bridge openings during the summer season. Parsons’ solution was to provide a slightly higher profile, with the bascule leaf shifted 50 feet to the west. The bascule included an innovative rotating trunnion girder allowing a greater angle of opening and simplified installation.

Firm: Rosales + Partners, Inc.

Project: Moody Pedestrian Bridge

Project Location: Austin, TX
Client: The University of Texas System Austin, TX


Rosales + Partners, Inc. also received the Small Firm Project Award.

The Moody Pedestrian Bridge is a one of a kind Inverted Fink Truss 300 foot long bridge at the University of Texas in Austin, TX.  The bridge connects two buildings as part of the Moody College of Communication. The bridge is characterized by a series of slender steel towers that vary in height and scale creating an elegant statement along one of the major avenues surrounding the campus. This type of bridge is the first of its kind in the United States, and the only one worldwide with a single support tower as the main loading member.

Firm: STV

Project: Long Island Bridge Demolition

Project Location: Boston & Quincy MA

Client: City of Boston


With a thunderous “boom” in March 2015, the first three deck spans of the Long Island Bridge were cut loose and dropped into Boston Harbor. The sound emanated from one of 370 explosives that were used to demolish the 3,450-foot structure after it was declared a public safety hazard in October 2014. The application had never been attempted over Massachusetts waters but was successful due to the collaborative efforts of the City of Boston, STV, TRC, the Walsh Group, and several other subconsultants and subcontractors who contributed to the five-month,$26.2 million project.


Firm: STV

Project: DCR LED Replacement Project

Project Location: Massachusetts (State Wide)

Client: Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation


The DCR LED Replacement Project was designed and managed by STV on behalf of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. It was funded under a $3.3 million grant administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and completed within 120 days with the help of thorough designs and logistical planning. The project accomplished the replacement of nearly 2,000 inefficient metal-halide, high-pressure sodium and mercury vapor lights with cleaner, brighter LED lights with WiFi enabled monitoring that will not only produce immediate financial rewards, but also help the Commonwealth meet its long-term energy and climate plan goals.


Firm: TranSystems Corporation

Project: Revere Beach Parkway over the MBTA and B&M

Project Location: Revere, MA

Client: MassDOT

TranSystems designed replacement of the bridge carrying Revere Beach Parkway over MBTA. Severe deterioration resulted in a three-ton load limit and the bridge was closed to trucks. TranSystems proposed superstructure replacement with substructure rehabilitation. The new bridge eliminated load restrictions, increased vertical clearance, and relocated utilities from the sidewalk to under the bridge. The new pony truss superstructure visually complements the nature of the historic district. To limit traffic impacts design incorporated accelerated construction techniques using precast/preassembled substructure elements. As a result, each barrel closure was limited to nine days. Intersections were reconstructed to add accessible pedestrian signals and paths.

Firm: VHB

Project: Greenough Boulevard Greenway Expansion

Project Location: Watertown/Cambridge, MA

Client: The Lawrence and Lilian Solomon Foundation, Department of Conservation and Recreation



In a $1.8M public-private partnership, DCR and the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation worked together to convert Greenough Boulevard, from a dangerous scenario to an appealing, safer greenway. The Solomon Foundation engaged VHB to provide planning, engineering, environmental permitting, and construction phase services. Working to maintain acceptable stormwater drainage for the roadway and new path, VHB collaborated with the City of Cambridge and the Watertown Conservation Commissions to identify an appropriate open mitigation system. VHB successfully implemented a road diet—reducing pavement from four lanes to two lanes—and designed a 10-foot shared-use path, creating a more inviting multimodal experience.


Firm: Woodard & Curran

Project: Willard's Woods Stream Daylighting and Drainage Restoration

Project Location: Lexington, MA

Client: Town of Lexington, MA


When water quality began declining in a stream in Willard’s Woods, a conservation area in Lexington, MA, instead of replacing the drainage culvert the stream was being discharged into, the town restored the stream to its natural state. Woodard & Curran daylighted the stream using natural channel and bioengineering design principles to improve stream quality, address deteriorated infrastructure, improve public safety, and protect wildlife habitat. By allowing the stream to function in its ecosystem naturally, this project provides an effective, ecologically responsible solution in this important recreational space and functions as a key piece of the town’s drainage improvement plan.




Small Firm Project Winner:


Firm: Rosales + Partners

Project: Moody Pedestrian Bridge

Project Location: Austin, TX
Client: The University of Texas System Austin, TX

The Moody Pedestrian Bridge is a one of a kind Inverted Fink Truss 300 foot long bridge at the University of Texas in Austin, TX.  The bridge connects two buildings as part of the Moody College of Communication. The bridge is characterized by a series of slender steel towers that vary in height and scale creating an elegant statement along one of the major avenues surrounding the campus. This type of bridge is the first of its kind in the United States, and the only one worldwide with a single support tower as the main loading member.






“These winning projects exemplify ingenuity and professionalism and represent the breadth of engineering’s contribution to our everyday lives,” said ACEC/MA President Mark Bartlett, PE. “They are outstanding examples of how engineers connect communities, provide safe and reliable water and energy, and make our buildings safe and efficient. The professional engineers and their colleagues at our member firms are dedicated to working on quality infrastructure, which wouldn’t otherwise exist. These outstanding projects are but a few examples of the quality work designed by Massachusetts engineering firms.”


In addition to the project awards, ACEC/MA also presented these awards on March 15:

·         ACEC/MA Education Corporation President’s Scholarships to Phil Ebben who is studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

·         ACEC/MA Young Professional Award to Colleen Heath, PE, Environmental Engineer at CDM Smith.


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering, land surveying, architecture/engineering and other design and consulting firms engaged in the development of buildings, transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC.  ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.


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