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ICYMI: ACEC New York Presents 54th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards in Hybrid Live and Virtual Ceremony

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Updated October 6, 2021 7:45 p.m.
ACEC New York Presents 54th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards in Hybrid Live and Virtual Ceremony

WSP USA Inc. Wins Top Award for World Trade Center Downtown Restoration Program, Phases I & II

Phillip Eng, President of Long Island Rail Road Earns Excelsior Award

NEW YORK, NY, October 6, 2021 — On Tuesday, October 5, over 350 consulting engineers and clients attended the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York’s (ACEC New York) first ever hybrid virtual and in-person Engineering Excellence Awards Luncheon at Gotham Hall. Awards were presented to 127 engineering 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. Proceeds from the event benefited the ACEC New York Scholarship Fund, formally the New York Consulting Engineering Scholarship and Educational Fund.

“While the past year and a half has been challenging for our nation and our industry, we thank you all for taking the time to recognize the significant impact these projects have on our world,” said Raymond Daddazio, Eng.Sc.D., P.E., F.EMI, Past Chair/current National Director of ACEC New York and Senior Consultant at Thornton Tomasetti. “Every year, we emphasize how vital it is to look back on what our industry has accomplished, and that is especially true in times of crisis.”

This luncheon also coincided with ACEC New York’s centennial celebration, and a few special awards and presentations were given as part of this milestone. Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Carlo Scissura, President of the New York Building Congress, were recognized on stage as both their organizations are also celebrating their centennials in 2021.

Additionally, Phillip Eng, President, MTA Long Island Rail Road, was recognized with the Excelsior Award in recognition of his leadership of the largest commuter rail system in the U.S., his service for maintaining the system’s continued safety throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and his continued dedication to the efforts and ideals of ACEC New York. “It’s my honor every day to work alongside nearly 7,000 LIRR employees who truly were the backbone of New York’s survival during the height of the pandemic, and now are the backbone during its revival,” said Eng. “I’ve been lucky enough to have my entire nearly 40-year career in public service, helping to improve transportation throughout New York. I am humbled by ACEC New York’s recognition and thankful for their leadership in the engineering industry. I’m excited to continue our mission to provide the safest, most reliable service possible to all our customers.”

The Empire Award, the top-rated project designed and built entirely within New York State, was announced during the gala and presented to WSP USA Inc. for their project, World Trade Center Downtown Restoration Program, Phases I & II. From the project submission: “The redevelopment of the $20B, 16-acre World Trade Center (WTC) site, represents one of the largest construction programs in one of the most visible, politically sensitive, and dynamic environments in the world.”

Projects that received Diamond Awards as part of the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards include:

Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services
Hazen and Sawyer: PVSC Wet Weather Secondary Bypass: No Feasible Alternative Study - Newark, NJ
Sam Schwartz Engineering: 14th Street Busway Monitoring - New York, NY

Building/Technology Systems
AKF Group: Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center - New York, NY
COLLADO ENGINEERING: Haven Plaza Flood Resiliency New Utility Services Building - New York, NY
Jaros, Baum & Bolles: David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, NY
WSP USA Buildings, Inc.: Louis Armstrong Tennis Stadium - Queens, NY

Structural Systems
Arup: 40 Tenth Avenue (Solar Carve) - New York, NY
COWI: Replacement of the Kosciusko Bridge over Newtown Creek Phase 2 - Construction and Erection Engineering - Brooklyn/Queens, NY
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers: Charles Library, Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers: Foundations for the Jacob K. Javits Center Expansion - New York, NY
Thornton Tomasetti: MSK David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, NY

Surveying and Mapping Technology
Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors, & Landscape Architects, DPC: Olin Science Building BIM Model - Hamilton, NY

CHA Consulting, Inc.: Niagara County Landfill No. 1 Improvements - Lockport, NY
WSP USA Inc. (formerly E&E Inc.): Dry Cleaner Site Assessment/Remediation Program - Various, SC

Waste and Storm Water
H2M architects + engineers: Springs School Sanitary System Upgrade Project - East Hampton, NY
Hazen and Sawyer: Township of Ocean Sewerage Authority Offshore Ocean Outfall Replacement - Deal, NJ

Water Resources
Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP: Ronkonkoma Hub Sanitary Pump Station and Force Main Piping - Ronkonkoma, NY
WSP USA Inc. & LiRo Engineers, Inc. Joint Venture: Construction Management for the Replacement of Existing Water Siphons Between Brooklyn and Staten Island - New York, NY

Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP: CDTA Bus Rapid Transit River Corridor - Albany and Troy, NY
HDR: Cross Harbor Freight Program - Reconstruction of Greenville Yard Bridge 10 and Rehabilitation of 65th Street Yard North Bridge - New York, NY
WSP USA Inc.: Canarsie Tunnel Sandy Rehabilitation and L Train Core Capacity Improvement Project - New York, NY

Special Projects
Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.: Ashokan Rail Trail - Ulster County, NY
Jacobs: COVID-19 Testing Sites - Bronx, NY
STV: MTA Metro-North Patterson Bridge Replacements - Southeast, NY
WSP USA Inc.: World Trade Center Downtown Restoration Program, Phases I & II - New York, NY

AECOM: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure System at JFK International Airport Terminal 5 - New York, NY
Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities
C&S Companies: Manufacturing Space Renovation and Repurposing - Auburn, NY

ACEC New York is a proactive coalition representing nearly 300 member firms who engage in every discipline of engineering related to the built environment including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, and geotechnical. We are a diverse group of consulting engineering firms from across New York State, ranging from sole proprietors to multinational corporations that collectively employ over 30,000 New Yorkers and nearly ten times that number worldwide. Note to Editor: A complete listing of the award-winning projects is available on the Engineering Excellence page of ACEC New York’s website (acecny.org). For more information on the projects or other inquiries, contact Natasha Burns, natasha@acecny.org, 518-452-8611.