Three HDR Projects Among ASCE’s Top 10 in U.S.


The American Society of Civil Engineers recently announced the finalists for its top project honor, the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award. Ten projects from across the United States were recognized, including three in which HDR played a lead role: the Bayonne Bridge in New York/New Jersey, the Marc Basnight Bridge (Bonner Bridge Replacement) in North Carolina and the West Vancouver Freight Access project in Washington.

“Each of these projects showcases the innovation our teams bring to even the most complex of our clients’ infrastructure needs,” said Transportation Professional Services Director Pat Hickox. “To be recognized by ASCE is a well-deserved honor and further speaks to how our teams make great things possible.”

The 10 finalists will be showcased March 13 in Washington, D.C., with two runners-up and the OCEA winner announced at the event.

As the lead design firm in a joint venture with WSP USA, we partnered with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise the new Bayonne Bridge deck over the existing roadway and within the existing arch structure. All four lanes of the new bridge opened in February 2019.

The new 2.8-mile-long Marc Basnight Bridge spans the Atlantic coast’s most challenging channel, improving access to education, healthcare and tourism for the Outer Banks. Serving as the lead design firm, we provided all roadway, geotechnical and bridge design, and environmental permitting services for the bridge, which was designed to have a 100-year life.

The recent expansion of the Port of Vancouver’s internal rail system is the largest project in the port’s history. It improves unit train capabilities, rail access and overall rail operations. Leading the project as the port’s program/construction management consultant, we planned, designed and delivered the multi-year program, which was completed under budget and ahead of schedule in July 2018.