2015 Grand Award Winners - Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. and EnSafe Inc.

Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

(Methodist Olive Branch Hospital, Olive Branch, MS -  Building/Technology Systems)

As part of a unified team, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.; Gresham, Smith & Partners; and Turner Construction Company were selected to design and build the new Methodist Olive Branch Hospital, utilizing the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method.  The goal of the project was to deliver an energy efficient, cost-effective, LEED® certified modern healthcare facility. The IPD delivery method created interdisciplinary teams among all stakeholders, with the goal of fostering collaboration and delivering the best results in the most timely and cost-efficient method possible. With the IPD structure in place, Olive Branch Hospital was designed, constructed, and opened within in 23 months, on schedule and under-budget.

EnSafe Inc.

(Sustainable Groundwater Treatment, San Jose, CA - Environmental Category)

EnSafe Inc. and subcontractors installed two in-situ treatment trenches, engineered to remove perchlorate from shallow groundwater at a former solid rocket motor manufacturing and testing facility.

The remedy was conceived to protect ecologically sensitive creeks from discharge of contaminated groundwater during wet weather and to leveraged biological processes, rather than create another mechanized and energy intensive extraction and treatment system that would need to be maintained for decades.

Engineers’ Day on the Hill

Thank you to everyone who participated in Engineers’ Day on the Hill on March 3rd.  To view photos, just click here!


2014 Grand Iris Award Winner Ross Bryan Associates, Inc.

Ross Bryan Associates, Inc. 

(Music City Center)
Nashville is widely known as Music City USA, and when the city of Nashville proposed a new convention center, they aptly named it the Music City Center. Nashville is located in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee, and the architects incorporated both the Music City and the rolling hills themes into the design of the building. The grand ballroom is shaped like a guitar. The eight-acre Exhibit Hall roof is curved in two directions, and half of it is a vegetated green roof to mimic rolling hills. These features resulted in a stunning building, but they presented significant design and construction challenges for the structural engineers.

2014 Grand Award Winner - S&ME, Inc.

S&ME, Inc. 

(Paw Paw Creek Mitigation - Water Resources Category)
S&ME overcame numerous funding and design challenges during permitting and compensatory mitigation for the H.T. Hackney Facility in Roane County, Tennessee. Mitigation for stream and wetland impacts occurred onsite, and included restoration of approximately 3,800 feet of Paw Paw Creek and an adjacent tributary, and 10 acres of adjacent wetlands within the Paw Paw Creek watershed. S&ME overcame funding challenges through phased implementation and worked closely with the contractor, modifying the proposed design to address excessive sedimentation from adjacent grading activities. The highly successful mitigation site enhances the Industrial Park and facilitated development of property containing numerous jurisdictional waters.

Congratulations  to all of the 2014 Engineering Excellence Award winners!

2014 Grand Award Winners - ARCADIS and LDA Engineering


(City of Chattanooga Area 2 Closure Construction - Water & Stormwater Category)
Working closely with the City of Chattanooga and others, ARCADIS transformed an uncovered 32-acre portion of Birchwood Pike Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, Area 2, into a grassy landscape by repurposing material from Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant – a convenient, yet unconventional solution.
Beginning in August 2011, biosolids (solids derived from wastewater treatment plants that meet EPA 503 class B regulations for land application) were used to amend the soils requiring a closure cap. The desired vegetative growth soon began to sprout and the landfill boasted an abundant vegetative cover. The project received closure certification of Area 2 in October 2013.

LDA Engineering 

(Founders Park -Water Resources)
The downtown district of Johnson City, Tennessee is located at the intersection of two large urban streams, King Creek and Brush Creek. For many decades, the district has been plagued by flooding, resulting in limited economic and cultural utilization. City leadership developed a Master Plan to address economic and cultural revitalization, along with flooding issues. The first phase of the Plan is the recently-completed Founders Park project. This project consisted of removing 700 feet of triple barrel box culvert located beneath an old warehouse, constructing an environmentally-enhancing channel, and a 5-acre greenway park along the banks of the improved stream.