ACEC Washington extends a big congratulations to all of the winners of 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards! This year we honored 42 projects representing a wide range of engineering achievements and demonstrating the highest degree of skill and ingenuity. The top seven awards (one Platinum and six Gold) will go on to compete in the ACEC national competition in Washington, D.C. in April.
Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) received the Platinum Award at the 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for their design and project leadership of the Elliott Bay Seawall Habitat and Public Space. Judges commented that replacing the existing seawall in downtown Seattle was a complex undertaking in its’ own right. But finding a way to incorporate ecological enhancements into the basic structural requirements of the new seawall made this project stand out. The team’s ‘outside the box’ thinking about the use of various structural materials and the incorporation of light transference methods to enhance fish passage and the sustainability of the marine environment, while still meeting very stringent seismic requirements, was impressive.
ACEC was also pleased to honor David Winter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hart Crowser, Inc., with the prestigious Engineer of the Year Award during the annual Engineering Excellence Awards presentation on January 20, 2017. Winter has more than 35 years experience in geotechnical engineering, 27 of those years with Hart Crowser, Inc. Over the years, as he rose from staff engineer to leadership positions, he has won and worked on projects in 12 states in the U.S. and 10 countries around the world. His accomplishments have included designing a field water management system for Husky Stadium allowing the playing surface to be lowered four feet, and designing the first soil nail/soldier pile and tieback hybrid wall for the 39-story Olive8 building in downtown Seattle.