Slated to be recognized with a platinum award in the structural systems category, the Beaverkill Covered Timber Bridge is located in an area of the Catskills revered by outdoor enthusiasts. Built in 1865 and widely regarded as a symbol of Sullivan County’s bucolic charm, the original one-lane timber bridge was deteriorating due to age, insect damage and wood rot.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York announced that Erdman Anthony will receive two 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards: a platinum award for the rehabilitation design of the Beaverkill Covered Timber Bridge in Sullivan County and a gold award for the replacement design of the South Cascade Drive/Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in Erie and Cattaraugus counties.
The ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards recognize projects that encompass both the public and private sectors in the following categories: studies, research and consulting services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and stormwater; water resources; transportation; energy; industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities; and special projects.
Slated to be recognized with a platinum award in the structural systems category, the Beaverkill Covered Timber Bridge is located in an area of the Catskills revered by outdoor enthusiasts. Built in 1865 and widely regarded as a symbol of Sullivan County's bucolic charm, the original one-lane timber bridge was deteriorating due to age, insect damage and wood rot.
Erdman Anthony provided preliminary and final design services for the project, prepared record plans for the existing bridge, established a Level I load rating for the structure, identified a rehabilitation alternative and assessed environmental impacts.
Slated to be recognized with a gold award in the structural systems category, the South Cascade Drive/Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek is located in the Zoar Valley, about 40 miles south of Buffalo. The project involved a replacement design and construction on a New York state design-build procurement.
Project work included demolition of the existing 650-foot-long bridge, a work-zone traffic control/detour plan to maintain local and through traffic during construction of the new bridge, coordination with utility owners requiring relocation and/or preservation of existing utilities and wetland-impact avoidance.
The new bridge is a three-span steel-multigirder superstructure. The selected spans are 210, 250 and 160 ft. (64, 76.2 and 48.7 m). The center span was set to provide adequate floodway for Cattaraugus Creek. The taller of the two piers rises from its footing foundation to 164 ft. (50 m), making it the tallest pier in New York state.
In total, 155 projects will be honored at the 51st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, which will take place at the Hilton Midtown in New York City on April 7, 2018. The event is co-sponsored by the ACEC New York Scholarship Fund, and, in conjunction with the Gala, the scholarship program will award more than $50,000 to engineering students.
Each year, more than 60 member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society. The projects are judged by a panel of industry experts, which includes military and government officials, ACEC National and International leadership, educators from college and university engineering departments, and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment.
Awards are distributed based on the average scores received by these judges and are assigned one of four levels (in ascending order): Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. The top-rated Diamond award that is designed and built entirely within New York state will earn the Empire Award, which will be announced during the Gala.
In addition to celebrating among peers, the Engineering Excellence Awards program helps to publicize the many significant contributions consulting engineers make to the built environment throughout the world. A full list of winning projects will be available on the ACEC New York website in early 2018.
ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of 270 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Its shared goals are to further the business interests of its membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of communities. For more information, visit www.acecny.org.
For more than 60 years, Erdman Anthony has provided infrastructure engineering and support services to private industry and government clients. The firm employs more than 250 people, including 70 professional engineers and licensed land surveyors, throughout its offices in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Portland, Maine. The multidisciplinary firm has six core businesses of integrated engineering expertise: transportation engineering, geospatial services, civil engineering, construction services, facilities engineering and design services, and oil and gas services. The firm's quality management system is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.
For more information, visit www.erdmananthony.com.