The American Council of Engineering Cos. of California unveiled the 2011 winners of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards, recognizing the best designed engineering projects of the year. Projects from 19 communities throughout the state, as well as two projects outside the state and designed by California-based companies, were recognized this year.This year’s Grand Prize, the “Golden State Award,” is awarded to AECOM and Corgan Associates, in association with Fentress Architects, for their work on the Sacramento International Airport's Big Build. Last year’s Golden State Award winner, T.Y. Lin International, which won in 2010 for its work on the East Tie In Structure temporary detour
For Anaheim-based design-assist specialty contractor KHS&S, achieving the benefits of integrated project delivery requires technology to give design and construction teams access to project data integrated across the software used by members of the team in real time, all the time. photo COURTESY OF KHS&S/SCENARIO IPD 3D Through Scenarios interface, design-build team members can access live project data, manage 3D models at the object level and identify clashes. PHOTO COURTESY OF KHS&S A Scenario project under way. KHS&S's answer is Scenario VPD, a virtual project delivery collaboration software and system. KHS&S partnered with Scenario, a software developer, in 2008 to
The new $438-million Central Utility Plant at Los Angeles International Airport was recently topped out and is currently on schedule to be completed by summer 2014. Rendering courtesy of LAX A rendering of the new Central Utility Plant at LAX The design-build project is being built by Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture. Gruen Associates of Los Angeles is the architect and Arup of Los Angeles is the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and commissioning engineer. Additional project partners include Capital Engineering Consultants, Rancho Cordova, mechanical consultant; Greenform, Los Angeles, sustainability consultant; and PID Engineering, San Diego, cogeneration consultant.According to the JV, in
ENR California wants to take this opportunity to thank the audience participants at last month’s Best Projects event at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco. With the geographic scope widening last year to the Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii, the audience included AEC professionals from Oregon, Washington and Honolulu.There were 15 Best Projects in 2011 and 19 Awards of Merit.Photographer Tustin Ellison (www.tustinpix.com) captured some of the winners with their awards, so take a moment to see who attended to support their winning projects. See you in December!
Engineering News-Record has announced the winners of its fourth annual Best of the Best Projects Awards, a national competition that recognizes design and construction excellence based on regional winners of ENR's seven regional publications’ Best Projects 2011 Awards. Winners will be profiled in the Feb. 13 issue of ENR. “One of the judges called me personally to tell me how impressed he was with the entries,” said Janice L. Tuchman, ENR editor-in- chief. “I was delighted to tell him that I agree completely. We are proud to showcase such fine work.”Out of 119 regional Best Projects winners, an independent jury
When a gift from the Stephen Bechtel Fund allowed a partial facilities overhaul at the Public Policy Institute of California, the challenge was to fit a large conference center into a relatively small infill space and configure it around a grid of imposing structural columns and a jungle of existing mechanical infrastructure.
Best Renovation/Restoration Project Photo courtesy of Stronghold Engineering The historic central courthouse was built in 1926. Photo courtesy of Stronghold Engineering Work included seismic upgrading, interior remodel and historic renovation. This $26.6-million multi-phased renovation project called for the seismic retrofit, partial interior remodel and historic renovation of more than 194,000 sq ft of the existing county courthouse in San Bernardino.The construction took place in two fully occupied and operational buildings with more than 500 staff members and daily occupancy exceeding 3,000 people.The historic central courthouse, a 102,535-sq-ft building with four floors, was constructed in 1926. It includes a central plant
Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project Photo courtesy of LVI Facility Services LVI Facility Services served as general contractor/construction manager. The $11-million project consisted of the decommissioning of El Segundo powerplant units 1 and 2 to facilitate construction of a new state-of-the-art, combined-cycle, rapid-response, natural gas-fueled and air-cooled powerplant.The project scope of work included the initial tasks of collecting oils and residuals; abatement of asbestos of the boilers—which produced 1 million lb per hour of steam—and support building; removing above-ground fuel oil transport lines; removal of intake and discharge structures; and decommissioning and recycling of plant components and electrical generating equipment.The project's preparatory
Award of Merit Specialty Contracting Photo courtesy of Swinerton Builders An innovative racking system was installed by MBL Energy. This project included installing more than 1 megawatt of elevated solar and roof-mounted solar and an elevated steel structure over a parking lot on an occupied Kaiser Permanente medical office building campus in La Mesa.One of the main challenges was to meet the highest energy output possible and satisfy the minimum California Solar Initiative reservations, all without hampering Kaiser's daily operations. To keep parking spaces and drive aisles clear, an elevated steel structure, which can span more than 65 ft, was
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