Nineteen HDR Projects Receive National Recognition

ACEC Honors HDR at Annual Ceremony

The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized 19 HDR projects with national awards. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines and regions across the United States.

Two HDR projects received Grand Awards at the ceremony of ACEC’s 54th Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. A panel of nearly 30 judges selected the year’s most outstanding engineering accomplishments from nearly 175 entries, in what’s known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry.

The new $74 million Able Pump Station replaced a 50-year-old undersized sump complex with an architectural masterpiece that protects downtown Dallas from the Trinity River. Using America’s four largest concrete volute pumps, the station lowers Dallas’ flood elevation by 6.5 feet and provides 100-year flood protection for 4 square miles of the city. Capable of pumping 1.3 billion gallons per day, the unique pumps offer sustainable efficiency, corrosion resistance, vibration reduction, and lower maintenance costs.

The $99.2 million I-40 Business Reconstruction reimagined and beautified the 1.2-mile-long gateway into downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. The critical interstate overhaul replaced nine highway bridges, modernized interchange configurations, improved highway geometry and drainage, enhanced pedestrian movement with larger sidewalks, provided a multi-use path through downtown and added two signature pedestrian bridges. The project significantly improves safety, mobility and traffic flow while adding a myriad of aesthetic improvements that provide character and convenience. Innovative planning and construction methods reduced the highway closure time from 24 months to just 14 months and set an exemplary standard for highway projects around the country.

Three HDR projects won Honor Awards:

Fourteen HDR projects won National Recognition Awards: