16 projects praised for engineering excellence

The conversion of New York City’s Moynihan train hall (pictured above) received the American Council of Engineering Companies Award for Outstanding Engineering Effort of the Year. The $1.6 billion transit hub was selected from among 195 entries from around the world to win the Grand Conceptor Award on May 24, according to an ACEC press release shared with Construction Dive.

Designed by Severud Associates in New York City, Moynihan Train Hall, a joint venture of a related company, Vornado Realty Trust and Skanska USA He built the giant project. It expands the 255,000-square-foot Pennsylvania Station across Eighth Avenue and features a towering arched skylight roof “creatively supported by the original giant 150-foot-tall, previously concealed steel trusses,” according to the release.

The project also included new entrances to the station, an expanded West End concourse and a multimedia Midblock auditorium. It is part of the $24 billion Amtrak Gateway Program, a rail-related capital initiative to expand capacity along the Northeast Corridor.

“Sometimes, it’s not necessary to take everything apart to create something new,” Linda Bauer-Dar, President and CEO of ACEC said in the statement. “The Moynihan Train Hall project by Severud Associates breathed new life into part of New York City’s rich architectural history and designed a new portal into the city that will awe and well inspire the future.”

Another 15 participants won Engineering Excellence Awards. Here’s more about five of the winning projects:

The Suite at Penn Medicine
by HDR On behalf of Pinfirst

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Courtesy of Medicine Ben

this is $1.5 billion hospital project On the University of Pennsylvania’s campus hospital, it opened ahead of schedule in April 2020 after the governor accelerated construction in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 17-storey hospital tower, which covers 1.5 million square feet, adds 500 beds. The construction team included Balfour Beatty, BR + A, Foster + Partners, HDR, LF Driscoll and others.

Emergency Repairs to Hernando de Soto Bridge
Memphis, Tennessee
Engineering by Michael Baker International

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Image by Trevor Birchett licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

In May 2021, The inspectors discovered a crack In one of the 48-year-old steel support beams. The bridge connects Arkansas to Tennessee, and both states DOT worked together to repair the damage by the end of the summer.

Sufi stadium
Englewood, California
Engineering Walter B. Moore

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Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers share the $5.5 billion Sofi Stadium The most expensive stadium ever built. The joint venture Turner and AECOM Hunt completed the project in September 2020.

Rainier Square
engineering by Magnuson Klimensc

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Photo by Frank Fujimoto is licensed under CC BY 2.0

850 ft The tower features many building innovationsincluding 3D-printed components The core composite steel plate technology that was used in the defense and nuclear industries. Engineers have turned this technology into the SpeedCore system for high-rise construction.

Small Island in Hudson River Park
New York City
engineering by Arop

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Image by Jim Henderson licensed under CC BY 4.0

Construction Director Hunter Roberts Construction Group and marine contractor Weeks Marine built a unique 2.4-acre lot Public park and performance venue on buttresses above the Hudson River, giving it the ambiance of a floating island. The $260 million project opened in May 2021.

The other EEA winners are:

Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Fine City in Atlanta, Georgia
engineering By Freese, Nichols and HDR

Rockefeller Bay Coastal Restoration Project for Refugees in Grand Chener, Louisiana
by HDR

Lick Run Valley Conveyance and Greenway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Engineering by Strand Associates

Middle Harbor in Long Beach, California
Engineering by Moffat and Nicole

Mid-Coast Carriage Expansion Project in San Diego, California
Engineering by WSP USA

International Gate Bridge in Orange County, California
Engineering by WSP USA

Northgate Link Extension in Seattle, Washington
Engineering by McMillen Jacobs Associates

Mason’s Mega Rail Project In Garden City, Georgia
Engineering by Moffat and Nicole

Climate Pledge in Seattle, Washington
Engineering by Haley & Aldrich

Petit Creek Lake Wear in Blaine County, Idaho
Engineering in HDR

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