Twenty-Eight HDR Projects Receive National Recognition

ACEC Honors HDR at Annual Ceremony

The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized 28 HDR projects with national awards. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines and regions across the United States.

HDR received four Grand Awards, which are in the running for the Grand Conceptor and will be recognized at ACEC’s 55th Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on May 24. A panel of nearly 30 judges selected this year’s most outstanding engineering accomplishments from nearly 200 entries, in what’s known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry.

Four Grand Award winners:

The Shoshone Bannock Tribe's Pettit Lake Creek Weir rectifies a 30-year-old flawed design that restricted safe, effective ways to capture, trap and count endangered Snake River Sockeye Salmon during migration. For the first time, juveniles and adults are safely trapped and counted to help tribal biologists gather population data to provide a healthy future for Sockeye. The new weir is less intrusive, capable of handling increased flow throughout the hydrograph, simplifies debris management, incorporates worker safety in a remote environment, and blends perfectly into the scenic area of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Completed on budget and on schedule, the project marks a critical restoration point for the tribe and the region’s biological and cultural heritage. 

The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project for Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority protects one of the country’s most productive marshland research laboratories. Previously eroding at a rate of over 50 feet annually, the 4-mile lightweight aggregate breakwater reduces the quantity and severity of waves hitting the shoreline, while gaps allow organism, water and sediment movement between the gulf and marsh. Completed on schedule and on budget, the first-of-its-kind project halts the eroding shoreline, protects crucial habitat and preserves a future for this vital refuge.

Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Historic Vine City is a pivotal collaboration between The Trust for Public Land and the City of Atlanta to transform one of Atlanta’s most distressed communities into a versatile greenspace like no other. It restores the long-lost Mims Park with a dual-purpose park and watershed management project that alleviates flooding by capturing and storing up to 10 million gallons of stormwater, while creating a vibrant community destination and ultimately revitalizing the neighborhood. Seamlessly integrating functional engineering features within a programmed park, it possesses state-of-the-art park design features including skyline overlooks, futuristic playgrounds, climbing structures and a natural amphitheater. The project was co-submitted with Freese and Nichols, who engineered the stormwater pond and connecting infrastructure.

The Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania establishes a new flagship facility for Penn Medicine: a $1.6 billion, 17-story hospital with a 690-stall subterranean parking garage topped by a 1.5-million-square-foot high rise superstructure, home to 504 private patient rooms and 47 operating/interventional rooms. The project connects the hospital to the University of Pennsylvania campus, Penn Medicine’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the regional public transportation system SEPTA. The design features innovative structural concepts, including a 50-foot cantilever, multi-story column transfer trusses and one of the East Coast’s largest plate girders. Opened in fall 2021, it is a beacon of hope for patients and an exemplar for the future of hospital design.

One Honor Award:

  • Great Northern Transmission Line, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to Manitoba, Canada

Twenty-Three Additional National Recognition Awards:

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