16 projects rewarded for their engineering excellence

The conversion of New York’s Moynihan Train Hall (pictured above) won the American Council of Engineering Companies award for most outstanding engineering effort of the year. The $1.6 billion transit hub was selected from 195 nominations from around the world to win the Grand Designer Award on May 24, according to an ACEC press release shared with Construction Dive.

Severud Associates of New York designed Moynihan Train Hall and a joint venture consisting of Related Cos., Vornado Realty Trust and Skanska USA build the megaproject. It expands Penn Station by 255,000 square feet on Eighth Avenue and features a towering vaulted skylight roof “creatively supported by quirky but previously hidden giant steel trusses 150 feet long,” according to the release.

The project also involved new station entrances, an expanded West End concourse, and the intermodal Midblock Hall. It’s part of Amtrak’s $24 billion Gateway Program, a rail-related capital initiative to increase capacity along the Northeast Corridor.

“Sometimes you don’t have to tear everything down to create something new,” ACEC President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr said in the statement. “Severud Associates’ Moynihan Train Hall project has breathed new life into a piece of New York’s rich architectural history and designed a new gateway to the city that will impress and inspire long into the future.”

15 other participants also won engineering excellence awards. Learn more about five of the winning projects:

The Penn Medicine Pavilion
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By HDR behalf PennFIRST

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Courtesy of Penn Medicine

This $1.5 billion hospital project on campus at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital opened ahead of schedule in April 2020 after the Governor accelerated construction in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 17-story, 1.5 million square foot hospital tower adds 500 beds. The construction team included Balfour Beatty, BR+A, Foster+Partners, HDR, LF Driscoll and others.

Emergency repairs to the Hernando de Soto Bridge
Memphis, TN
Engineering by Michael Baker International

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The image by Trevor Birchett is under license CC BY-SA 4.0

In May 2021, inspectors discovered a crack in one of the steel support beams of the 48-year-old span. The bridge connects Arkansas to Tennessee, and the two state DOTs worked together to repair the damage by the end of the summer.

Sofia Stadium
Inglewood, California
Engineering by Walter P Moore

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The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers share the $5.5 billion Sofi Stadium, the the most expensive stadium ever built. The Turner and AECOM Hunt joint venture completed the project in September 2020.

Rainier Square
Engineering by Magnusson Clemencec

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The image by Frank Fujimoto is under license DC BY 2.0

The 850 feet the tower features many construction innovationsincluding 3D printed components and the sheet steel composite core technology that was used in the defense and nuclear industries. Engineers have converted this technology into a SpeedCore system for building skyscrapers.

Small Island at Hudson River Park
New York City
Engineering by Arup

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The image by Jim Henderson is licensed DC BY 4.0

Construction manager Hunter Roberts Construction Group and marine contractor Weeks Marine built the unique 2.4-acre public park and performance venue on stilts above the Hudson River, giving it a floating island vibe. The $260 million project opened in May 2021.

The other EEA winners are:

Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Vine City in Atlanta, Georgia
Engineering by Freese and Nichols, and HDR

Rockefeller Refuge Gulf Shoreline Restoration Project in Grand Chenier, Louisiana
by HDR

Lick Run Valley Transportation System and Greenway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Engineering by Strand Associates

medium port in Long Beach, California
Engineering by Moffat & Nichol

Mid-Coast Trolley Extension Project in San Diego, California
Engineering by WSP USA

International Gateway Bridge in Orange County, California
Engineering by WSP USA

Northgate Link Extension in Seattle, Washington
Engineering by McMillen Jacobs Associates

Mason Mega Rail Project in Garden City, Georgia
Engineering by Moffatt and Nichol

Climate Engagement Arena in Seattle, Washington
Engineering by Haley & Aldrich

Pettit Creek Lake Spillway in Blaine County, Idaho
Engineering by HDR

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