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THE COVER Civil+Structural Engineer Magazine’s Inaugural YEA Winners – story on page 11
YEA WINNERS 12 Mountain Avenue West Recharge Basin 14 FAMU Way 16 Wondercool at World Expo 2020 18 Joseph. A Willhelm Industrial Pump Station 20 Heartwood Preserve 22 Beecher Terrace Senior Building
24 Trinity Woods Residential and Senior Housing Development– Mount Mary University Campus 26 United Wholesale Mortgage Pedestrian Bridge & Office Renovation 28 Corporate Business Park, Phases 1-3 30 I-95 Belfast Keller Interchange 32 New Aurora Road Pump Station for the City of Cleveland Division of Water CHANNELS ENVIRONMENTAL + SUSTAINABILITY 33 Building Connected Communities 34 Taking Sustainability to New Heights STRUCTURES + BUILDINGS 35 Large Upcoming USACE Projects Require Private Sector Expertise 36 Magic Happens When Engineering & Interior Design Converge TRANSPORTATION + INFRASTRUCTURE 39 Improving the State of Florida’s Infrastructure 40 What Does The American Rescue Plan Act Mean for Upcoming Opportunities in Infrastructure? 41 LAX Automated People Mover Los Angeles, CA WATER + STORMWATER 43 Making the Most of this Watershed Moment in Water Infrastructure 44 Decentralized High Strength Waste Facility Design Recommendations and Best Practices BUSINESS NEWS 46 Overcoming Pandemic Challenges: Keeping Crews and Senior Residents Safe During a Retirement Community Renovation 48 The Long and Short Term Goals of Diversity and Inclusion in the AEC Industry SOFTWARE + TECH 49 Digitizing Non-Profit Construction Projects Leads to Residential Revitalization 51 Engineering a Digital Bridge: What’s Your Role? SURVEYING 53 How Challenger Geomatics Fast Tracks Solar Farm Surveying departments 8 Events 55 Reader Index Columns 5 Celebrating Wins and Preparing for the Future Justin Smith 6 Engineering Front Line: Celebrate your Success, Enter Zweig's Awards Kyle Ahern
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Celebrating Wins and Preparing
The start of a new year can be exciting, refreshing, and invigorating. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and to celebrate the wins. As this issue of Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine features the Yearbook of Engineer Achievement Award winners, we recognize some impressive accomplishments. The start of the new year is also a time to set intentions and the direction for the year. So, amid celebrating the wins and reflecting, many of us find ourselves faced with uncertainty and numerous challenges. Whether it's the great resignation, recruitment and retention, or an increase in operational efficiency necessary to remain competitive in the face of record-high inflation levels, 2022 is laden with opportunity for those organizations that can set themselves apart during periods of uncertainty. Despite these challenges and many others, people continue to succeed, and I found myself asking: “What sets people and organizations apart?” So, I investigated the research to determine what it generally says about the topic. Studies indicate that leadership, strong communication, innovation, change orientation, and conflict management all contribute to project and organizational success. But how does that translate to us and the work we do every day—how do we implement these constructs to drive organizational success? 1. Know and understand your organization. What are your values and what drives leadership and the employees to perform at an elite level? How do your processes embody these values? The organizations that link everyday pursuits and activities to the overarching values of the organization demonstrate increased overall effectiveness. It is not enough to communicate your values on websites or in an employee handbook. The day-to-day work and the processes and tools that you use to deliver value to your stakeholders and clients must be linked to the overall reason why the organization exists. 2. Be willing to learn, train, and grow, perhaps in unconventional ways. Continue to develop skill sets and have a platform for this. Many industry leaders are looking for training opportunities to ensure they are practicing cutting edge skills, both technical and non- technical, and the organizations that thrive are those that recognize the need for training in the skills that are linked to organizational success. 3. Message and position. Once you have a strong identity and a way to share this within your organization, share it with others. Having innovative offerings and training can be instrumental in recruiting and retention of strong employees and these solid practices combined with skilled employees will lead to better projects with desired clients. 4. Evolve as needed. Be resilient, open, forward thinking, and responsive. Often, especially during times of uncertainty, the organization’s ability to adapt to the evolving marketplace is more important than the organization’s ability to “get it right” out of the gate. As we enter this new year, let’s celebrate the opportunity to head into uncharted territory. It’s not an easy task to work though the above-mentioned areas, but it will be transformational, contribute to ongoing success, and create more resilient organizations and an overall more resilient AEC landscape. Increased resilience will create new opportunities for people to contribute to the industry and will provide renewed confidence to organizational leaders that they can not only weather difficult times but that they can thrive on the challenges they bring. Investing in yourself and your teams to build on your strengths and expand skills will serve as a way to set yourself apart for clients, potential employees, current employees, and other stakeholders and we welcome the opportunity to support you in your journeys.
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Zweig Group offers six awards programs specifically focused on architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm achievement. Each award has a different focus; successful startups, rising stars in the industry, marketing excellence, overall firm success, best workplace practices, client experi- ence, and outstanding leadership. The Hot Firm List recognizes the 100 fastest-growing AEC firms in North America. Placement on the list is based entirely on revenue growth over the previous three-year period. Zweig Group looks at both dollar revenue growth and percentage revenue growth. Demographic data will also be gathered so Zweig Group can analyze correlations and produce noteworthy and valuable statistics to share with you. The Best Firms to Work For award recognizes the top AEC firms based on workplace practices, employee benefits, retention rates, and much more. Firms will be categorized by firm size and discipline, and ranked based on a combination score of 20 percent corporate survey and 80 percent employee surveys. This Best Firm to Work For application process doubles up as employee survey for participating firms. Your firm’s entry fee entitles you to survey data of your firm’s Employee Survey, and additional benchmark data which shows the aggregated results of all the employees from all the participating firms. Zweig Group’s industry experts are available to offer further analysis and data-driven insights into your employee feedback. The Marketing ExcellenceAwards recognize outstanding and effective marketing in our industry.Award entries will be judged by a team of senior AEC marketing professionals, and evaluated based upon overall creativity, messaging, results achieved by the campaign, and level of design. Winning projects will be highlighted at the ElevateAEC Conference this September in front of fellow outstanding marketers of the industry. The Rising Stars Award recognizes younger professionals whose exceptional technical capability, leader- ship ability, effective teaching or research, or public service has benefited the design professions, their employers, project owners, & society. Nominees should have a record of demonstrated exceptional ability and professional accomplishments related to the AEC Industry in one or more of the following capacities: management; leadership; teaching; research; and/or public service. The Jerry Allen Courage In Leadership Award is given each year to an AEC professional who has made a tremendous impact on the company and the industry through courageous leadership. This is Zweig Group’s highest professional honor for an individual in the AEC Industry. The Top New Venture Award honors the up-and-coming start-ups in the AEC industry. Firms are ranked based on revenue growth, as well as entrepreneurial spirit, which include the story of founding, firm struc- ture, ownership characteristics, etc. Zweig Group’s newest award is the Excellence In Client Experience Award. We are partnering with Client Savvy, a long-time leader in measuring client experience in the AEC industry. Their client feedback tool allows firms a scalable client feedback process that provides invaluable insights for firms of all sizes. The Excellence In Client Experience award will be awarded to AEC firms who prove, through hard data from client feedback, that they excel in delivering elevated client service. This distinction will be invaluable for firms as the competitive landscape continues to tighten. Zweig Group’s Awards are at the center of one of the five tenants of our vision, Elevate the Industry. That tenant is “Celebrate.” There is so much good that this industry brings to the built environment and to the lives of the people who work in it. We want to celebrate the firms, people, and accomplishments of the A/E/C Industry. These awards give the winning firms and people the recognition that they deserve in an industry that is often overlooked by society. The winners of our awards truly do help to elevate the industry as a whole. Celebrate your success, celebrate your accomplishments, celebrate your employees and help Zweig Group Elevate the Industry.
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march 2022 GeoIgnite - Winter Geo 2022 march 1-2– Ontario & Virtual
geo week february 6-8 – denver, co
Geo Week is the intersection of geospatial + the built world. The event brings together AEC Next Expo & Conference, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference and the International Lidar Mapping Forum into a single powerhouse event. Industries covered include Architecture, Engineering & Construction; Asset & Facility Management; Disaster & Emergency Response; Earth Observation & Satellite Applications; Energy & Utilities, Infrastructure & Transportation; Land & Natural Resource Management, Mining & Aggregates, Surveying & Mapping, and Urban Planning/Smart Cities. https://www.geo-week.com The 5th International Conference on Materials Engineering and Applications february 12-14 – Nha Trang, Vietnam It provides an opportunity for the delegates to meet, interact and exchange new ideas in the various areas of Materials Science especially on materials engineering and application. ICMEA 2022 aims in proclaim knowledge and share new ideas amongst the professionals, industrialists and students from research areas of materials engineering and application to share their research experiences and indulge in interactive discussions and special sessions at the event. http://www.icmea.org/ Practical leadership skills are vital to the health and success of every company in any industry. Effective leaders motivate their teams to achieve exceptional results, inspire others to be better than they thought possible, and create an environment where their team is focused and working towards a common vision. Zweig Group’s team of management experts – who have extensive experience working with AEC firms providing solutions to the challenges facing AEC firms today – deliver practical solutions that technical professionals can put to work immediately to lead their firms to success. https://zweiggroup.com/products/leadership-skills-for-aec- professionals-2022 6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Engineering (ICSEE 2022) february 18-20 – Hobart (Tasmania), Australia 2022will offer an extensive programof interest to academia, government and industry. It will include several distinguished keynote speakers and three conference days full of papers, posters, etc. A series of exciting speeches to develop skills and advance awareness of requirements engineering practices are of particular interest to industry. http://www.icsee.org/ Leadership Skills for AEC Professionals february 17-18 – New Orleans, la
GeoIgnite invites the geospatial community to collaborate by sharing their work, services, and data during Canada’s National Geospatial Conference. On March 1st and 2nd, 2022. GeoIgnite will assemble the largest online audience of Canadian geospatial practitioners, managers, senior executives, and enthusiasts for your organisation to communicate and engage. GeoIgnite was founded in 2019 in Ottawa, Canada and quickly grew to be Canada’s largest and most popular geospatial event. In its fourth year, it will organize community and industry collaboration for over 7 days of presentations, fireside chats workshops, trainings, discussions, and innovative programming. Last year, GeoIgnite inaugurated the first workshop week of events for the geospatial and geo-related sector. This year, we promise that our workshop week will be just as diverse and engaging. Once again, GeoIgnite will be virtual in 2022, allowing the audience to expand exponentially. Our event is free and open to the Canadian geospatial community through the support from our sector partners like you. https://wintergeo.com/ This one-day training course covers the critical focus areas every AEC Industry project manager should be familiar with and is presented in lecture, tutorial, and case study workshop sessions. Attendees will leave armed with a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics, skills, and techniques successful project managers must have to flourish in their role. Each team member brings their own unique experiences and skillset to project teams. Effectively leveraging the talents of your team can optimize team effectiveness. Project Management for AEC Professionals provides people-focused, science-driven practical skills to help team leaders harness the power of their team. By addressing the most important aspects of any project – the people – this course will provide practical techniques that can be immediately implemented for a positive impact on any AEC team or business. https://zweiggroup.com/products/project-management-advanced- project-management-2022 Project Management & Advanced PM for AEC Professionals march 10-11 – tampa, fl Elevating Doer-Sellers: Intensive 2-DayWorkshop is a two-day seminar specifically developed to help design and technical professionals in architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental firms become more comfortable managing clients and promoting the firm and its services. Led by two retired and current CEOs with extensive experience from the design desk to the board room, this one-of-a- kind seminar presents business development techniques proven to drive real growth and value in your AEC firm. Beyond the buzzword heavy, ra-ra approach of other business development and sales training seminars, Elevating Doer-Sellers: Intensive 2-Day Workshop focuses on what really works in today’s AEC firm utilizing practical and proven Elevating Doer-Sellers march 30-31 – scottsdale, az
techniques that resonate across the organizational chart. https://zweiggroup.com/products/elevating-doer-sellers-2022 april 2022
led by Zweig Group’s CEO Chad Clinehens, PE, and Zweig Group's Managing Principal, Jamie Claire Kiser. Zweig Group’s leadership team draws from our 30+ year history working with AEC firms to teach the latest approaches to managing and operating successful firms – using our comprehensive data set of industry benchmarks and best practices. The Principals Academy is like a two-day mini-MBA for design and technical professionals and is the most impactful two days you can spend learning to build your career and your firm. https://zweiggroup.com/products/the-principals-academy-2023 september 2022 Commercial UAV Expo Americas is the definitive event for professionals integrating or operating commercial UAS. With top-notch education, thousands of attendees, and more exhibitors than any other commercial drone event, it’s the best opportunity of the year for anyone who needs to keep up with commercial UAS technology, trends, and developments. https://www.expouav.com/ Commercial UAV expo september 6-8 – las vegas, nv The 2022 ElevateAEC Conference and Awards Gala registration is open for the annual in-person conference in Las Vegas, September 14-16. Celebrate the iconic black-tie awards gala 2022 winners of the Hot Firm list, Best Firms To Work For, Marketing Excellence, Rising Stars, Top New Ventures and the Jerry Allen Courage In Leadership Awards. Register now for the AEC industry’s top IN-PERSON learning and networking event of the year. https://zweiggroup.com/pages/annual-in-person-elevate-leadership-summit Built for SketchUppers by SketchUppers, 3D Basecamp is where modelers of all levels come to learn and share their 3D skills. During 3D Basecamp, the best of the best share their tips, workflows and extensions. Whether you are just getting started or polishing your skills, the learning sessions at 3D Basecamp are jam-packed with knowledge that will enhance your workflow and get you modeling better in no time. Without a doubt, you'll walk away with something new. Sessions and training cover a variety of industries, topics and skill levels. We attract the best trainers and experts to be your SketchUp sherpas at 3D Basecamp. Discover what is possible when you are surrounded by people who inspire you. https://3dbasecamp.sketchup.com ElevateAEC Conference & Awards Gala september 14-16– las vegas, nv SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2022 september 26-30– Vancouver, BC
elevateher kickoff april 6-7 – dallas, tx More information coming soon. https://zgelevateher.com/ M&A Next Symposium april 28-29 – Charleston, SC
Discussion Topics Include: Strategy Development, Why M&A for the AEC industry?, Impact of M&A on Firm Culture, Strategic Partners (when, how, who to approach). https://zweiggroup.com/products/m-a-next-symposium-2022 may 2022 The CEO Roundtable Retreat is a unique opportunity for AEC firm leaders to engage and interact with industry peers to discuss current issues facing firms today, explore industry trends and next practices, and confront the biggest challenges they face leading their firms. Zweig Group’s CEO Chad Clinehens, PE, moderates the program guiding group conversations, encouraging integration and networking, and ensuring attendees gain valuable insight, new ideas and tools – and a new network of colleagues – to foster effective leadership at their respective firms. Come prepared to discuss your biggest challenges and successes during this highly interactive session. With you in control of the subject matter, roundtable discussions strike at the heart of what you need to effect change in your organization. Past attendees of CEO Roundtable events state “there is no better forum for dialogue than with peers experiencing the same issues I am” and “the statistics provided by Zweig Group through their continual research of firms and firm leaders gives me the exact benchmarking data I need to justify change and action in my firm.” https://zweiggroup.com/products/ceo-cfo-risk-management- roundtable-2022 june 2022 CEO|CFO Risk Management Roundtable may 19-20 – dallas, tx The Principals Academy is Zweig Group’s flagship training program encompassing all aspects of managing a professional AEC service firm. Elevate your ability to lead and grow your firm at this impactful two-day program designed to inspire and inform existing and emerging AEC firm leaders in key areas of firm management leadership, financial management, recruiting, marketing, business development, and project management. Learning and networking at this premiere event challenges traditional seminar formats and integrates participatory idea exchange The Principals Academy june 16-17 – Miami, FL
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Civil+Structural Engineer Magazine’s Inaugural YEA Winners
The inaugural YEA Awards were given to projects that demonstra- bly impacted sustainability and community improvement while also moving the AEC industry forward through groundbreaking innova - tion and the development of new technical processes. Some of these winning projects used alternative, environmentally-friendly materi- als as a part of the design process. Materials such as polycarbonate ringmail for shading and expansive timber for framing impact their local communities while also driving the AEC industry towards more sustainable building practices. Still, other projects are innovative in their ability to combine form and function. From shipping containers being repurposed as office units to a senior housing community that also provides housing for college students with children, the inaugu- ral YEA winners provide crucial support within their setting and a model for others to follow. Many of these winning projects are critical to the sustained health of their communities. Several of our winning projects feature water and stormwater solutions to communities that are in dire need. These solu - tions come in the form of ensuring water redundancy for a growing community, storing and managing water in a historically water-poor area, and enhancing water capacity to a growing industrial area. At the same time, whether through particular changes in design or long term planning considerations, these projects are models for further address- ing the needs of underserved communities. As we move forward into another new year, fraught with the endless challenges of the unknown, the inaugural YEA winners demonstrate the paths that we must take to move the AEC industry forward. And, as the builders and designers of the world around us, this will, in turn, move the world around us forward. As the engineers, architects, build - ers, designers, and carpenters of years past rose to meet the challenges of their age, these projects are cast in that same spirit, allowing us to rise to the challenges of an unknown future.
By Luke Carothers
This special issue of Civil+Structural Engineer Magazine marks the conclusion of our inaugural Yearbook of Engineering Achievement (YEA) awards and the announcement of our winners. Our first ever field of competitors for the award ran the gamut from water infrastruc- ture projects to new applications of ringmail as a shading material. The average size of firms being honored in this issue is just under 360 employees with the smallest winner having just six employees and the largest winner having over 1,000. Our inaugural YEA winners are projects that significantly impact not only the communities in which they are located, but also the AEC industry as a whole and our conver - sations about sustainability and equity. In the same way, these projects span not only the United States, but the entire world in location and impact. Out of the 11 projects selected as YEA award winners, 9 different states are represented, from the East Coast to the West Coast as well as the South and the Upper Midwest, with one project located in Dubai. These projects are residential and commercial buildings, pedestrian and transportation infrastructure projects, and water and stormwater infrastructure projects that serve a vital role in the communities they serve. In some cases, our winners are part of larger redevelopment projects, seeking to improve underserved communities over the long run. Other winning projects present innovative solutions to commercial and resi- dential issues in both urban and suburban communities. At an average cost of just under $20,900,000 per project, these winning submissions demonstrate a willing investment in both protecting and rejuvenating communities that need it most. There are numerous projects amongst our inaugural YEA winners that are parts, both large and small, of larger initiatives to improve particular areas and communities. In some cases, these projects are aimed at improving the quality of life in underserved areas while, in other cases, these projects provide critical infrastructure to growing communities.
YEA 2021 • Firms Represented: 11 • Projects Submitted: 34
• Average Cost of Project: $20,900,000 • Average Firm Size: 360 employees • States Represented: Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Texas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Michigan, and Georgia • Countries Represented: United States and New Zealand (UAE)
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February 2022 csengineermag.com
Mountain Avenue West Recharge Basin
Project Location: San Jacinto, California Category: Water + Stormwater + Wastewater Started: May 1, 2017 Completed: October 10, 2021 Project Budget: $16,180,000
Project Cost: $13,895,059 Project Leadership Team:
• Dudek – Prime Engineering Consultant/Engineer of Record/Drilling Construction Management/Oversight • H&H General Contractors, Inc. – Prime Contractor • Cozad and Fox, Inc.– Surveying Services • Moraes, Pham andAssociates– Electrical Engineering • C Below Surface Imaging– Potholing • Todd Groundwater– Hydrogeology • BC2 Environmental– Hydrogeological Drilling • RF Yeager Engineering– Corrosion Engineer • Converse Consultants – Geotechnical • Helix Consulting – Environmental • Water Systems Consulting – Hydrogeologic Support • DHK Engineers – Noise and Vibration Monitoring • Michael Baker International – Storm Inspections and Reporting • Jacobs Engineering, Inc. – Hydrogeologic Support • Environmental Science Associates – Environmental • Casamar Group – Labor Compliance
Project Overview: The Mountain Avenue West Recharge Basin is a 40-acre recharge facility that is part of the larger San Jacinto Valley En- hanced Recharge and Recovery Program (SJVERRP). Located close to residential neighborhoods, a public park, and critical transportation and utility infrastructure, completion of this project was paramount to reducing the operational risk associated with the recharge facility. This project features three separate basin facilities: one for de-sitting and flow distribution and the other two for recharge operations. The two basins responsible for recharge operations are capable of recharging up to 30,000 acre-feet per year. The project also fea- tures several mitigation and safety features such as rigid dust control measures, embankment slope lining with soil cement to reduce lateral transmission of recharge water and eliminate slope erosion, a perim- eter berm to reduce traffic distractions, basin water monitors tied into a supervisory control and data acquisition system, and eleven groundwater monitoring wells around the site. In addition, the project features perimeter and landscape trail improvements that utilize native, drought tolerant vegetation and a water-efficient dip irrigation system.
Impact(s): The Mountain Avenue West Recharge Basin will have a sig- nificant impact on the surrounding San Jacinto Valley. In an environ- ment where water usage is always a subject of discussion, this fa- cility allows the community to plan for the future by allowing for conjunctive use of advanced purified water, surface, and groundwater resources. During wet years, surplus water will be stored in the basin, which allows future access when the area is experiencing a drought. In addition to providing more accessible, reliable, and sustainable resources for the community, it also allows for recre - ation with a 1-mile walking trail around the facility. Highlights: • Flow control and metering facilities for up to 42 cubic feet per second (cfs) of raw water
• Flow control and metering facilities for up to 21 cfs of future advanced purified recycled water supplies • Basin inlet and hydraulic control structures featur- ing manually operated channel gates with a passive overflow emergency bypass system • Grading plans and details for nearly 400,000 cubic yards of excavation and export
February 2022 csengineermag.com
Halff Associates, Inc. FAMU Way
Project Location: Tallahassee, FL Category: Transportation + Infrastructure Initial Planning: March 12, 2007 Phase 3 Opening: April 30, 2021 Project Budget: $49,461,966 Project Cost: $52,725,912 Project Leadership Team: • Roger Cain, PE, Program Engineer - City of Tallahassee • Jack Beazley, PE, Civil Engineer III - City of Tallahassee • Mark Llewellyn Jr., PE, Project Manager/EOR, Halff Associates, Inc. Project Overview: With the charge of making FAMU Way “the most beautiful roadway,” this premier Tallahassee project was unanimously approved by the City of Tallahassee Commission to enhance transportation and serve as a major community investment.
The vision to create a seamless connection between Florida State University and Florida A&M University was achieved by providing a safe and beautiful mobility corridor for all forms of transportation. This pristine and innovative corridor eases traffic congestion, connects neighborhoods to other parts of the city and provides economic opportunity, social growth and the opportunity for citizens to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The project extended FAMU Way from South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to North Lake Bradford Road, transforming a segment of existing roadway and constructing a new roadway to complete the desired connectivity. Due to an existing railroad and power transmission lines running throughout the corridor, the project team was challenged to design a roadway that could accommodate these barriers without sacrificing community goals. The project was designed to achieve multimodal access and become a staple within the community. FAMUWay includes four aesthetic and functional roundabouts, wide sidewalks, a multiuse trail connecting to the St. Marks Trail, multiple community gathering places, a children’s playground, on-street parking, high-quality landscaping and hardscape, and much more. Since its opening, the community has embraced FAMU Way and it has indeed successfully become “the most beautiful roadway” in Tallahassee.
Impact(s): The FAMU Way Corridor project is an exceptional example of holistic design through collaboration with a diversity of stakeholders. From the initial planning effort through construction and now into operation, FAMU Way has established a high standard for other multimodal projects to follow. The success of this project has placed the engineering profession in high regard throughout the community and has garnered high praise for the innovative design approach to numerous challenges. Highlights: • Holistic design through collaboration with a diversity of stakeholders • Major community investment to enhance transportation • Seamless connection between Florida State University and Florida A&M University • Unique venture including multiple entities and stakeholders • Multiple alignments considered through extensive planning • Connectivity and neighborhood impacts analyzed • Flexible cross sections deployed • Critical power transmission and rail infrastructure avoided • Multiple roundabouts designed to improve corridor safety and aesthetics • Multiple stormwater management facilities included to minimize flooding impacts and improve water quality • Multimodal accommodations incorporated • On-street parking optimized • Adjacent neighborhood connectivity enhanced • Successful community engagement • Project phasing plan implemented
February 2022 csengineermag.com
Wondercool at World Expo 2020
Project Location: Dubai, UAE Category: Environmental + Sustainability, Small Firm Started: January 11, 2021
Completed: October 1, 2021 Project Budget: $3,000,000 Project Cost: N/A Project Leadership Team: • Kayne Horsham - CEO Kaynemaile • Client - Dubai World Trade Center • Architects - Woods Bagot UAE
• Technical Consultants - MACE Group UAE • Engineering Consultant - Mott MacDonald • Construction - Alec Engineering and Contracting
• Lighting - C+D Lighting • Installation - Mr. Shady
Project Overview: The WonderCool Installation at the 2020 World Expo is a soaring 130,000 square foot kinetic shade canopy that greets new arrivals to what is considered the Olympic Games of architecture and construction. When other shading materials failed to endure 100+ degree heat, desert winds, and humidity, the Dubai World Trade Center and the rest of the planning team turned to Kaynemaile. Kaynemaile’s WonderCool canopy created a passive heat management system providing 70 percent shade protection over the entrance to the expo ground. In addition, the canopy’s 55 overhead screens that run the 60 meter length of the entrance hall move in a fluid motion, which creates a calming sensory experience. These screens consist of interlocked rings of engineering grade polycarbon- ate, combined using a patented liquid injection molding and assembly process. The “ringmail” structure of the mesh allows the fluid move- ment of the installation while also deflecting visible and infrared light waves as well as durability against wind forces. Unlike most of the 192 World Expo country pavilions which are destined for removal or redevelopment after the event closes, the Dubai World Trade Center Arrival Hall and its Kaynemaile WonderCool canopy are considered legacy installations, meaning it will continue to greet guests with a moment of wonder for many events in the future. Impact(s): The WonderCool Installation represents a sustainable so- lution to taming one of the harshest environments on the planet. The success of Kaynemaile’s WonderCool material in this environment is im- portant as the world continues to grapple with the effects of climate change. The process to create Kaynemaile mesh has a minimal environmental impact, and end-of-life mesh can be shipped back to their factory to be repurposed.
Highlights: • Innovative “chainmail” design created by Weta Workshop Art Director for Creatures, Armor, and Weapons on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Kayne Horsham • Engineering grade polycarbonate material created through patented liquid injection molding and assembly process • 100 percent recyclable mesh that aligns with circular approach to design, engineering, and manufacturing
February 2022 csengineermag.com
Joseph. A Willhelm Industrial Pump Station
Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, Inc (LAN)
Project Location: Texas City, TX Category: Water + Stormwater + Wastewater Started: June 1, 2017 Completed: July 1, 2021 Project Budget: $20,040,000 Project Cost: $20,040,000 Project Leadership Team: • Melissa Mack, P.E. - Vice President, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) • Brandon Wade, P.E. - General Manager / CEO, Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA)
Project Overview: The Joseph A. Willhelm Industrial Pump Station Project began in 2010 when the Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) retained LAN to evaluate a pump station built in 1949. After evaluating various rehabilitation alternatives, LAN’s team determined that the risks associated with rehabilitation far outweighed the risks associated with constructing a new pump station. The scope of this new pump station was wide and work included performing transient calculations to design surge relief facilities, site civil design of drainage and utility improvements, design of a new intake struc- ture to accommodate three existing five-foot wide traveling screens and three new eight-foot wide traveling screens, relocation of the nine existing vertical turbine pumps, new steel pump discharge and header piping, and more. When installing the three existing vertical turbine pumps, LAN’s team had to provide options for future replacement pumps with discharge above the pump house floor. To allow for this, LAN’s discharge piping design included novel provisions for connection above or below the slab with minimal modifications. The project also features unique pump discharge piping that is joined with rigid roll-grooved joints and couplings that make the installation of future connections much easier. To support the new piping design, a custom-designed carbon steel pipe was installed with imbedded bolts. Impact(s): This project is essential for maintaining uninterrupted water service GCWA’s customers in the Texas City Industrial Com - plex, which is a leading center in the United States for the petro- chemical industry. By ensuring this uninterrupted water to one of the area’s leading industries, the Joseph A. Willhelm Industrial Pump Station provides stability and growth to an industry that already supports upwards of 5,000 jobs in the area. In addition, the updated pump station is built with sustainable materials such as stainless steel, fiberglass, and con-
crete that do not corrode and provide energy efficiency, long lifecycle, and lower lifecycle costs. The new pump station is also designed to withstand hurricane conditions, something the old pump station was not designed for. Highlights: • Designed to withstand category 4 strength hurricane winds • Expands GCWA delivery capacity by almost 25 percent • Maintained continuous water supply throughout construction
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Project Location: Omaha, NE Category: Water + Stormwater + Wastewater Started: July 1, 2019 Completed: June 1, 2023 Project Budget: $12,000,000 Meyer Studio–Land Architects Heartwood Preserve
Project Cost: $12,000,000 Project Leadership Team: • Grace Amundson • Nicole Kelly • Erik Jensen • David Meyer • Civil Engineer: Lamp Rynearson • Client: Applied Underwriters
Project Overview: The Heartwood Greenway Sys- tem, located in Omaha, Nebraska reimagines climate change infrastructure design and furthers the idea of what a public park can and should be. From inception, MSLA was determined to go beyond managing stormwater and saw this as an opportunity to forge a more meaningful connection between people and their ecological surroundings in response to disastrous floods which have taken more than a billion-dollar toll on the region. Prioritizing both aesthetics and function, MSLA conceived a sinuous progression of 13 sculptural basins showcasing the wonder of nature front and center offering a range of experiences throughout the seasons. These limestone- clad basins will have the capacity to capture and store an estimated 55 million gallons or 170-acre feet of stormwater runoff. With recent flooding in mind, the basins are designed to accommodate 100-year storms with the peak discharge leaving the basins to embody the site’s pre-development agri- cultural field conditions. In addition to managing high flood volumes, the basins help treat the water at the first half inch of runoff by al - lowing sediment to settle before it enters the public sewer system. Other work in this project includes storm lines being routed to enter all 13 basins on axis and weathered steel embedded in the stepped limestone walls to elegantly frame infrastructure. Impact(s): This holistic approach to climate infrastructural design is complemented by the fact that people can easily access it and par- ticipate with it. Over fourteen miles of universally accessible trails extend throughout the project’s 500 acres and connect with Omaha’s “Paths of Discovery” network. These thoroughfares bring greater con- tinuity to Omaha’s multi-modal trail network and give all residents the life-affirming opportunity to experience wild lands and their inhabitants. From council rings, sledding hills, playgrounds, a waterpark, picnic and bonfire clearings, Heartwood is studded with amenities. This project represents a transformative new approach to the development of infrastructure in which utility and beauty can work in tandem.
Highlights: • 13 limestone basins with a capacity of 55 million gallons or 170 acre feet • Stonework is dry-stacked and pinned with dowels where re- quired to anchor steeply stacked units • Translates process of capturing stormwater into an eco- logical sculpture park via a network of iconic detention basins
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Beecher Terrace Senior Building
Project Location: Louisville, KY Category: Housing + Residential, Small Firm
Started: March 1, 2018 Completed: June 9, 2021 Project Budget: $21,000,000 Project Cost: $21,222,754 Project Leadership Team:
• Bernard Pincus - Director Choice Neighborhood Implementation- Louisville Metro Housing Authority • Mike Saunders - Senior Vice President &Director of Design & Construction - McCormack Baron Salazar • RAI Engineering: Structural Engineer • Sherman Carter Barnhart: Architect • Shrout Tate Wilson: Electrical and Mechanical Engineer • Civil Design Inc: Civil Engineer • Messer Construction: General Contractor
Project Overview: The Beecher Terrace Senior Building project is part of a larger movement to return Louisville’s Rus- sell neighborhood to its early desirability and prestige. After decades of flooding, deficient public housing development, and misguided urban renewal efforts, the Russell neighborhood was in desperate need of redevel- opment. The redevelopment of the Beecher Terrace complex is a vital part of this renewal. The Beecher Terrace Complex sits on 31.4 acres, directly adjacent to the city’s downtown central business district across 9th street. A phased revitalization of the neighborhood, this project includes 640 housing units, featuring 620 mixed-use rentals, senior housing, and 20 homeownership units. In addition, this development will comprise 39 new buildings and public roadways. The first phase of the project is the senior building. The Beecher Terrace Senior building is an incredible first step in this revitalization process; the building is a four-story wood framed structure, approximately 111,857 square feet in size, that contains 117 units for seniors and onsite manage - ment offices. It also features offices, fitness centers, a crafts room, billiards, a doctor exam office, a salon, lounges, and a community dining and warming kitchen. All walls in the structure are made of prefabricated wood wall panels and the floor and roof framing were constructed using pre-engineering wood trusses. Impact(s): The Beecher Terrace Senior Building project is part of a larger project to help attract investment into the Russell neighborhood, which will subsequently improve the quality of life for all residents. One of the major goals is to attract retail and commercial offerings while simultaneously decreas - ing the number of vacant buildings in the neighborhood. This project also has
environmental considerations in mind. The redevelopment proj- ect is currently pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) and Enterprise Green Community Certification. Highlights: • Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Rod system used for timber tie downs designed to tighten over time as wood frame shrinks • Walls constructed of prefabricated wood wall panels • Phase I of larger Beecher Terrace Development Project
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Trinity Woods Residential and Senior Housing Development– Mount Mary University Campus
Project Location: Milwaukee, WI Category: Housing + Residential Started: November 30, 2020 Completed: December 10, 2021 Project Budget: $45,000,000 Project Cost: $40,200,000 Project Leadership Team:
• Structural: Project Manager – Steve Roloff, P.E., LEEDAP; Project Engineer and Engineer of Record – Mike Kren, P.E. • Civil: Project Manager – Chris Hitch, P.E.; Landscape Architect – Tom Mortensen, PLA, ASLA
Project Overview: The Trinity Woods Residential and Senior Housing Development project was created as a result of a partnership between the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), Mount Mary University, and the City of Milwaukee. This project came to fruition when the SSND relocated from their former residence in the Village of Elm Grove to a new 258,366 square foot, multi-generational community on the campus of Mount Mary University called Trinity Woods. This new facility creates space for a community that provides housing and support for SSND, aging seniors, and single mothers who attend the university as well as their children. The space also includes a daycare and early childhood center that are integrated into the existing University campus. Trinity Woods features 90 senior living apartments, 24 dormitory units for students with children, and 52 residences for the SSND. raSmith provided a variety of technical services to support the design and construction of the $40 million development project, including site civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying, wetland and woodland evaluation, endangered resources review, traffic assessment, stormwater management, landscape architecture, grant writing, and municipal entitlement. The Trinity Woods building contains a primarily wooden frame construction on a precast concrete podium. Due to the sloping project site, the project contains a partially exposed basement area, which is made possible using concrete retaining walls and cantilevered basement walls.
Impact(s): The Trinity Woods Project is significant in both its impact on the University community and advancement of more sustainable building techniques. raSmith’s team utilized new wood frame products and connections that allowed for a larger and more complex wood frame structure. Trinity Woods also incorporates green infrastructure such as porous pavement and bioswale system, building with nature to mimic the water cycle on a local level. These green infrastructure elements also offer improved protection and restoration of the Menomonee River, which is an urbanized watershed. Highlights: • Firewalls allowed for a wood building that is drastically larger than what is typically seen (258,336 square feet) • Cantilevered steel columns, braced at the foundation level and tied into the lateral system at the first floor to support the roof structure, allow for the design of large, open spaces •Acombination of concrete walks, patios, and vegetated porous pavement allowed for the design of a variety of outdoor rooms for resident use while also providing unrestricted access for emergency responders
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