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Announcing the 2019 ACEC-FL Engineering Excellence Award Winners!

Monday, December 3, 2018  
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For Immediate Release – December 3, 2018

Media Contact: Chad Faison
Chief Operating Officer

Engineering Excellence Award Winners for 2019 Announced

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL)’s Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) acknowledges Florida engineering firms for their ground-breaking applications and intricate projects. This year, five honor and eight grand awards will be presented at the 2019 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference Banquet held July 26th, 2019 at the Vinoy® Renaissance in St. Petersburg. One Grand Conceptor award winner will be chosen from the grand awards as the overall best engineering project from the state of Florida and the recipient will be announced during the banquet.

All grand award winners may also participate nationally in “the Academy Awards of the engineering industry,” the 52nd American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award competition.

The ACEC-FL Public Relations Committee selected an illustrious board of judges representing government, transportation, education, environmental/water resources, geotechnical, and public works. These judges included: Shannon LaRocque, PE, Village of Wellington; Curtis Brown, Esq., Wright, Fulford, Moorhead, & Brown Attorneys; Ron Beladi, PE, Neel-Schaffer, Inc.; Terry Puckett, PE, Florida Department of Transportation District I and VII; Garit Poire, EI, 2017-18 FES Student Board Rep.; and Troy Attaway, PE, City of Winter Park.

The judges rated projects and studies on the basis of 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. A special thank you to ACEC-FL Public Relations Chair Ann Schiola of McKim and Creed for facilitating this competition and to Curtis Brown and Wright, Fulford, Moorhead, & Brown for graciously hosting the judging at their Altamonte office.

The winners in alphabetical order are:


Atkins North America, Inc.
Wekiva Parkway, #204 Systems Interchange, Project Design Services
Client: Central Florida Expressway Authority
Category H: Transportation

PK Avenue
Client: City of Auburndale
Category F: Water and Stormwater

HKS Architects / ATKINS / AVCON, INC.
South Airport Automated People Mover and Garage C
Client: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Category H: Transportation

Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
KSC Crawlerway Analysis for SLS
Client: NASA / Kennedy Space Center
Category M: Geotechnical Engineering

RADISE International / Smart Structures
Tamiami Trail Bridge Life Cycle Monitoring
Client: FDOT / Condotte America
Category I: Special Projects

Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
Robinson Preserve Expansion Phases I/II
Client: Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department
Category G: Water Resources

Walt Disney Imagineering / Walter P Moore
Pandora the World of Avatar
Client: Walt Disney Imagineering
Category C: Structural Systems

Walter P Moore / Gresham Smith / Master Consulting Engineers
Tampa International Airport Automated People Mover and Consolidated Rental Car Center
Client: Tampa International Airport
Category H: Transportation


Chen Moore and Associates
Go Big, Go Fast Infrastructure Improvement Program- 30” Force Main Repair
Client: City of Fort Lauderdale
Category F: Water and Stormwater

Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc.
Honolulu Rail Transit Project, Phases 1 & 2
Client: Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation
Category H: Transportation

Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Orlando Intl. Airport APM and ITF Commissioning
Client: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)
Category B: Building/Technology Systems

Sam Schwartz Engineering, DPC
Ringling at Orange Roundabout
Client: City of Sarasota
Category J: Small Projects

Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI)
Main Street over Hogan’s Creek Historic Emergency Bridge Replacement
Client: Florida Department of Transportation District 2
Category D: Surveying and Mapping Technology


About ACEC-FL: ACEC-FL represents the professional and business interests of professional engineers in private practice in Florida and their companies, serving to advance the profession of consulting engineering. Our organization represents and promotes the business of engineering, the environment in which engineering is conducted, and the image of engineers in private practice. In these capacities, ACEC-FL serves as the state affiliate of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). As the affiliate of the Florida Engineering Society’s (FES) Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP), we work to show how doing business with other ACEC-FL firms supports better business practices in Florida. Established in 1973, ACEC-FL promotes and maintains impeccable ethics and professional standards among consulting engineering firms in Florida. Our member firms and their professional engineers operate with the knowledge of our responsibility to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.