CHW Professional Consultants honored as Grand Award recipient in the 2021 ACEC-FL’s Engineering Excellence Awards
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL)’s Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) acknowledges Florida engineering firms for their innovative applications and elaborate projects. CHW received the ACEC-FL Engineering Excellence Grand Award in the category of “Transportation” for Destination South Main Street project in Gainesville, Florida.
The judges rated projects and studies based on uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owners’ needs, including schedule and budget.
The South Main improvements brought new life to South Gainesville making the area friendly to pedestrians and non-motor vehicles; increasing parking and accessibility for Depot Park, the Cade Museum, and nearby businesses; planting close to 200 trees, and adding landscaped medians. The South Main Street development extends from SW 16th Avenue north to Depot Avenue and was a multi-phased project that consisted of milling and resurfacing, roadway reconstruction, drainage analysis, pavement design, and review, undergrounding electrical transmission and distribution lines and communications utilities, cost estimates, public meetings and permitting with multiple state agencies. CHW coordinated with the owner, and multiple design consultants to address public concerns, utility design, hardscape, and landscaping.
CHW delivered this beautifully designed project within the owner’s budget, concept to completion, in September 2019. Destination South Main Street reused many elements of the corridor and existing underground infrastructure, saving the client construction time, reduced costs, and diminished the impact on businesses and the environment.