ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards held on March 28, 2012

Type:  Engineering Excellence Awards 


2012 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards

Congratulations to the Winning Projects!

 ACEC/MA Announces 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards Recipients
Tetra Tech, Inc. captures Grand Conceptor award for the 93 Fast 14 Project in Medford


From left:  Jim Jones (JF White), Peter White (JF White), Joe Gill (Gill Engineering), Bill Shea (JF White) , Peter Piattoni (ACEC/MA Awards Committee Chair, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike), Mary Hall (ACEC/MA President, GZA GeoEnvironmental), Chris Calnan (Tetra Tech)  (Photo Credit: Frank Monkewicz Photography)



BOSTON, Mass. – March 29, 2012 – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) announced today the recipients of the 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards.  The awards were presented Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in a ceremony at the Boston Cambridge Marriott.


Inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, TV host, musician, and mechanical engineer Nate Ball emceed the event. His appearances have spanned venues including PBS, The Discovery Channel, the History Channel, TEDx, and TEDMED.


Here are the 2012 Award winners:


Grand Conceptor


Firm:  Tetra Tech
Project:  I-93 Fast 14 Superstructure Replacement Project
Clients:  MassDOT Highway Division
                White-Kiewit Joint Venture


Gold Award Winners

Firm:  Arup
Project:  Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort
Client: Safdie Architects

Firm:  TranSystems
Project:  Route 24 Interchange 8B
Fall River/Freetown, MA
Clients:  Massachusetts Department of Transportation
                SPS New England, Inc.
                DW White Construction, Inc.

Firm:  Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Project:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art of the Americas Wing
Client:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



Firm:  Weston & Sampson
Project:  Modern Electroplating Facility Redevelopment:
                Brownfields to Boston’s First LEED® Certified Police Station 
Client:  Boston Redevelopment Authority and Public Facilities Department



Judges’ Award

Project: Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Hotel Towers and Sky Park in Singapore
Firm: Arup USA Inc.

Client:  Safdie Architects


Small Firm Award

Project: From the Ground Up – Creating a Municipal Water System in Wellfleet
Firm: Environmental Partners Group
Client: Town of Wellfleet, MA


Silver Award Winners

  • Penn Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Arup USA Inc., Client:  University of Pennsylvania,
  • ESPN Rise-Up in Dorchester by CDM Smith, Client: City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston, MA
  • From the Ground Up – Creating a Municipal Water System in Wellfleet by Environmental Partners Group, Client: Town of Wellfleet, MA
  • Fitting the Pieces Together: Jamestown’s Water Supply Dilemma in Jamestown, Rhode Island, by Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Client:  Town of Jamestown, Rhode Island
  • Wind Technology Testing Center Large Blade Testing Facility in Boston by GEI Consultants, Inc., Clients: Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Madbury Water Treatment Plant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by Hazen and Sawyer, Client: City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency in Pittsfield by Kleinfelder/SEA Consultants, Client: City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Peabody Square Reconstruction in Dorchester by Nitsch Engineering, Client: City of Boston Public Works Department
  • Groveland Wells Superfund Site Remedial Actions in Groveland by Nobis Engineering, Inc., Client: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 1
  • Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Medical Education Building in Providence, Rhode Island, by Odeh Engineers, Inc.: Client: Brown University
  • Logan Airport Economy Parking Garage in Boston by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Client: Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Nashville-Davidson County Long Term Recovery Plan in Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee by PEER Consultants, P.C., Client: Mayor’s Office of Flood Recovery, Metropolitian Government of Nashville & Davidson County
  • Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Client: Boston Harbor Islands Alliance and Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
  • Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks at 21st Century Town Square in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Client: Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem
  • Armed Forces Reserve Center in Ayery by Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Clients: United States Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District and United States Army Corps of Engineers  -New England District
  • MIT Media Lab Extension in Cambridge by Weidlinger Associates, Inc., Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“These winning projects exemplify ingenuity and professionalism and represent the breadth of engineering’s contribution to our everyday lives,” said ACEC/MA President Mary B. Hall, PE. “They are outstanding examples of how engineers connect communities, provide safe and reliable water and energy, and make our buildings safe and efficient. The professional engineers and their colleagues at our member firms are dedicated to working on quality infrastructure, which wouldn’t otherwise exist. These outstanding projects are but a few examples of the quality work designed by Massachusetts (and Rhode Island) engineering firms.”


In additon to the project awards, ACEC/MA also presented these awards on March 28:

  • ACEC/MA Education Corporation Scholarship to Tiffany Cheng, a senior in environmental engineering at MIT
  • ACEC/MA Community Service Award to David Young, PE, Vice President, CDM Smith
    ACEC/MA QBS (Qualifications Based Selection) Award to the Town of Framingham, MA
  • ACEC/MA Young Professional Award to Eric Spargimino, PE, Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island engineering industry, representing over 110 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC. ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.