Eight HDR Projects Win National Awards for Engineering Excellence

(April 24, 2013) – The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized eight HDR projects with national awards. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines and regions across the United States.

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) facility, located at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y., earned one of only eight Grand Awards. ACEC awarded Honor Awards for the Point Bonita Lighthouse Bridge in Golden Gate National Park, Calif., and Pittsburgh's North Shore Connector. Only 16 projects in the nation attain Honor Award status.

Additionally, five HDR projects won National Recognition Awards:

Designers worked closely with the Brookhaven scientific community to create an extraordinary tolerance for vibration and heat fluctuations at NSLS-II, providing the world's brightest and most intense x-rays for the more than 2,200 scientific researchers who use the facility. The $912 million facility's x-rays, ultraviolet light and infrared light will be used for research in biology, chemistry, environmental science, materials science, medicine and physics.

The Point Bonita Lighthouse Bridge replacement – leading to a historic attraction and active lighthouse – required the team to cart equipment and materials to the treacherous site by hand or ATV. Working with the Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Division as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, HDR's team applied unique materials and protective coatings to maximize the life of the new bridge in the highly corrosive marine environment.

The $523 million North Shore Connector provided a light rail expansion with a 1.2-mile alignment of underground and above-ground structures, including a first-of-its-kind, dual-bored tunnel under the Allegheny River and state-of-the-art architectural designs at three stations. As part of a joint venture between HDR, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. and Kwame Building Group, Inc., the team helped the Port Authority of Allegheny County transform the connectivity of people to the burgeoning North Shore, expand the Central Business District, and invigorate development of the regional economy.

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