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This 1.9-mile-long surge barrier was built near the confluence of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to mitigate flooding risks. Tetra Tech INCA won top honors at ACEC Washington’s Engineering Excellence Awards for its work on the design.

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Tetra Tech INCA wins ACEC platinum award

Tetra Tech INCA took top honors at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington’s 44th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony on Jan. 20 at the Westin Bellevue.

Jan. 23, 2012
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The event honored 50 projects representing a wide range of engineering achievements. ACEC Washington’s top seven awards (one platinum and six gold) will go on to compete in the ACEC national competition in Washington, D.C., in April.

The platinum award was presented to Tetra Tech INCA for its management of the design of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal/Lake Borgne surge barrier and its design of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway sector gate and a vertical lift gate at Bayou Bienvenue. Best in state awards were also given to 43 local projects.

Members of the five-judge panel were Ralph Graves, managing director of capital development at the Port of Seattle; Greg Miller, chair of the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Noel Miller, former director of Edmonds Public Works; Mike Jobes, principal at Miller Hull; and Karen Say, president of Saybr Contractors.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington is a professional trade association representing consulting engineering, land surveying and affiliated scientific and planning firms statewide.

(Editor’s note: This page has been corrected to clarify Tetra Tech INCA’s role in the project. The firm led the design of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal/Lake Borgne surge barrier as part of a joint venture with Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. It also provided design project management services and developed designs for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway sector gate and the Bayou Bienvenue vertical lift gate.)

ACEC 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards
Platinum Award
Tetra Tech INCA
Project: Inner Harbor Navigation Canal/Lake Borgne surge barrier
Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Gold Award: Special projects
Anchor QEA
Project: Percival Landing major rehabilitation
Client: Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department
Gold Award: Waste and stormwater
Project: Brightwater treatment plant
Client: King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Gold Award: Structural system
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Project: Aqua at Lakeshore East
Client: Loewenberg/Magellan Development Group
Gold Award: Transportation
Project: State Route 532 corridor improvements
Client: Washington State Department of Transportation
Gold Award: Water resources
URS Corp.
Project: Elwha River restoration
Client: National Park Service
Gold Award: Industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities
Wood Harbinger
Project: 767 production line relocation
Client: Boeing Co.
Gold Awards
Social/economic value
KPFF/Hart Crowser
Project: Place of Circling Waters
Client: Port of Tacoma
Project:Lake Chelan hydro modernization
Client: Chelan County Public Utility District
Technical value
Project: Pioneer Way improvements
Client: City of Oak Harbor
Project: University of Washington Paccar Hall audiovisual design
Client: University of Washington Foster School of Business
Client expectations
Project: Granite Falls alternate route
Client: Snohomish County
Silver Awards

Project: Northeast 36th Street/SR 520 ovecrossing and roundabout
Client: City of Redmond

David Evans and Associates
Project: Kittitas Valley wind power project
Client: Sagebrush Power Partners LLC

Project: Snoqualmie Falls long-term construction cofferdams
Client: Barnard Construction Co.

HWA GeoSciences
Project: State Route 16/Burnham Drive Northwest interchange and roadway improvements
Client: City of Gig Harbor

Reid Middleton
Project: Whatcom Middle School replacement
Client: Bellingham School District

Project: Washington United Terminals wharf extension
Client: Port of Tacoma

Reid Middleton
Project: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport seismic and security upgrades
Client: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Social/economic value

BHC Consultants
Project: CSO reduction project, stage 1
Client: City of Snohomish
Social/economic value

Hererra Environmental Consultants
Project: Kunshan Huaqiao wetland treatment park
Client: Kunshan Huaqiao Economic Development Zone Planning Bureau
Social/economic value

MWH-Jacobs Associates JV
Project: Brightwater conveyance system, east contract
Client: King County
Adding technical value

FSi consulting engineers
Project: Olympia City Hall
Client: Belay Architecture
Adding technical value

Golder Associates
Project: Southwest Washington littoral drift restoration
Client: Pacific County
Adding technical value

Wood Harbinger
Project: Lake Washington Institute of Technology Allied Health Building
Client: Schreiber Starling & Lane Architects
Exceeding client expectations

Project: Former Scott Paper Mill remediation and restoration
Client: Port of Anacortes
Exceeding client expectations

Project: City of Arlington water reclamation facility upgrade and expansion
Client: City of Arlington
Exceeding client expectations

Shannon & Wilson
Project: State Route 532 corridor improvements
Client: Parsons-Kuney JV
Exceeding client expectations

Project: Central Washington Hospital patient tower
Client: Central Washington Hospital
Tetra Tech INCA
Project: Kirkland Transit Center
Client: Sound Transit
Wetherholt and Associates
Project: T-Mobile data center moisture evaluation
Client: Unimark Construction
Wood Harbinger
Project: Chief Sealth International High School and Denny Middle School remodel
Client: Seattle Public Schools
Wood Harbinger
Project: Redmond High School solar photovoltaic system addition
Client: Lake Washington School District
Bronze Awards
FSi consulting engineers
Project: Medium Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project: Boulevard and Log Cabin roads roundabout
Client: City of Olympia
Project: Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station/236th Street Southwest project
Client: Sound Transit
Project: Northeast 10th Street Bridge project, stages 1 and 2
Client: City of Bellevue
Project: Runway 10R-28L rehabilitation
Client: Port of Portland
Project: Lacey Gateway regional lift station
Client: City of Lacey
H.W. Lochner
Project: 244th Avenue improvements
Client: City of Sammamish
H.W. Lochner
Project: Lacey Gateway
Client: City of Lacey
Landau Associates
Project: Port of Port Townsend stormwater treatment improvements
Client: Port of Port Townsend
Project: Elwha fish hatchery
Client: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Project: Replacement of water transmission lines 2 and 3, phase 6
Client: City of Everett Public Works
Notkin Mechanical Engineers
Project: University of Washington Paccar Hall
Client: University of Washington Foster School of Business
Project: State Route 522 HOV enhancement, phase 2
Client: City of Kenmore
RH2 Engineering
Project: Tacoma Water McMillin Reservoir replacement
Client: Tacoma Water
Project: University of Washington Medical Center distributed antenna system and wireless master planning
Client: University of Washington Medical Center
Tetra Tech
Project: Cedar River sockeye hatchery
Client: Seattle Public Utilities
Tetra Tech
Project: Grays Harbor Public Utility District SCADA improvements
Client: Grays Harbor Public Utility District


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