2016 Grand Iris Award Winner - Gresham, Smith and Partners

Grand Iris Award Winner

(TDOT Fast Fix 8 Project, Nashville, TN  = Transportation)

TDOT selected GS&P to provide comprehensive design and engineering for structural bridge repairs and roadway improvements on I-40 in downtown Nashville, encompassing four mainline bridge sites spanning Charlotte Avenue, Jo Johnston Avenue, Clinton Street, Herman Street and active CSXT and NWRR railroad tracks. The Fast Fix 8 project was delivered in a scant 10-weekend closure period and deployed numerous rehabilitation methods including full-depth deck panels and prefabricated superstructure units. The accelerated construction schedule was driven by I-40’s tremendous traffic load (> 140,000 ADT), and the need to minimize disruption to the central and mid-town business districts’ primary access points.

2016 Grand Award Winners - I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. & K. S. Ware & Associates, LLC

I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.

(Vanderbilt Powerhouse Gas Conversion, Nashville, TN – Energy)

I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. was responsible for the programming, planning and design of the Powerhouse Gas Conversion project at Vanderbilt University, which replaced the aging coal-fired energy systems with a new energy efficient, environmentally responsible, and economically beneficial natural gas fired combined heat and power system, and allowed the University to cease burning coal.

The new combined heat and power system will save the University in excess of $2.5 million in annual energy cost and will reduce air pollutant emissions from the Powerhouse by over 34,500 tons per year.

K. S. Ware & Associates, LLC

(West Riverfront Park & Ascend Amphitheater - Brownfield Redevelopment,  Nashville, TN – Environmental)

By the year 2000, the Nashville Thermal Transfer plant had become inefficient and was an unsightly eyesore in Nashville’s urban core.  The plant was demolished in 2004 and what was left behind was an 11-acre field in a prime location with significant environmental concerns including contamination from heavy metals, petroleum, PCBs, and dioxin.  In 2013, a team of design consultants led by Hawkins Partners was engaged by the city of Nashville to redevelop the site into a park and amphitheater.  K.S. Ware and Associates was the environmental consultant challenged with mitigating the environmental concerns.  Two years later, the site had successfully evolved from a smelly, ugly garbage incinerator to an iconic recreational facility and economic driver for the city.

2016 Grand Award Winners - HDR|ICA Engineering & A2H, Inc.

HDR|ICA Engineering

(HOI Pedestrian Bridge Mission Trip, San Esteban, Honduras – Small Projects)

In San Esteban Honduras, the Hope Middle School and Aldersgate Elementary School are located on each side of a busy highway and provide academic and athletic opportunities to over thirty villages. Recent roadway improvements have resulted in a higher volume of traffic, and as a result serious pedestrian crashes. HDR | ICA and Lipscomb University partnered together to design and construct a single span Pratt truss pedestrian bridge to provide safe crossing for students and their families.       HDR | ICA provided professional engineering leadership and financial support in order for this project to become a reality.

A2H, Inc.

(Pacific Industries Manufacturing Facility, Jackson, TN – Industrial and Manufacturing Processes, Facilities)

A2H Engineers, Architects, Planners managed the engineering and architecture design for the new manufacturing facility in Jackson, Tennessee for the Japanese-based car parts manufacturer Pacific Industries. Due to growing product demands, Pacific required the plant to be fully operational by June 2015, allowing A2H only six weeks to complete construction documents and permits. The project engineers maintained around-the-clock communication with the Owner in Japan and with each of the other engineering design disciplines in-house. As a result, A2H delivered the project ahead of the accelerated schedule, exceeding Pacific Industries’ needs and expectations.

2016 Grand Award Winners - Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. & Ross Bryan Associates, Inc.

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

(Bass Pro at the Pyramid, Memphis, TN – Special Projects)

What does one do with a mothballed 20,142 seat arena with four walls and no roof on the banks of the Wolf River harbor where the western boundary of the property is the Mississippi River floodwall? It’s redeveloped into the largest Bass Pro Shop in the nation. Kimley-Horn was selected by the project manager, O.T. Marshall Architects to provide traffic and parking studies, site civil engineering, and utility relocation design services for the repurposing of the 48-acre Memphis Pyramid from a multipurpose arena to the world’s largest Bass Pro store.

Ross Bryan Associates, Inc.

(University of TN - Student Union Phase 1, Knoxville, TN – Structural)

The Phase I building is located at the corner of Andy Holt Avenue and Phillip Fulmer Way adjacent to the Haslam Business Building, the Stokely Management Center, and the existing University Center.  The building is a 5-story 142,000 sf structure that includes a new 50,000 sf bookstore, dining and seating, the Center for Career Development and other offices, a loading dock, and a mechanical penthouse.  A new 28’‑0′-wide pedestrian bridge spanning 127′-6″ connects the pedestrian mall and the Haslam Business building to “The Hill” and provides an excellent viewpoint on game days to see the Pride of the Southland band.

2016 Grand Award Winners - EnSafe Inc. & Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

EnSafe Inc.

(Comprehensive Long-Term Environmental Action Navy, Jacksonville, FL (NAS Cecil Field)  – (Studies and Research Consulting)

EnSafe Inc., as partner in a Joint Venture (JV), Resolutions Consultants (RC), was awarded a five-year, $200M, cost-plus, Comprehensive Long-Term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contract with the United States Navy’s (Navy) Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Atlantic Division.

From day one, EnSafe focused on optimizing the LTM program by leveraging technology to increase data visualization quality for improved decision making, reduce LTM operational costs and labor effort, and centralize Program Management Office (PMO) collaboration.

EnSafe’s innovative use of technology optimized the LTM program for site closure, resulting in a cost savings of approximately $1M.

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

(Community Hazard Assessment & Mitigation Planning System, Frankfort, Ky – Surveying and Mapping Technology)

Within emergency management, a critical factor in building resilience is integrating emergency operation capabilities and mitigation planning. Recognizing this gap, Stantec and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), in a multi-agency effort, developed the Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS).

CHAMPS is a secure, customizable, Web-based information management and workflow application which links and stores all administrative, operational, and financial data from the time a disaster occurs through the completion of a mitigation project and into resilience planning. This system has transformed KYEM’s workflow management and has the potential to redefine the landscape of disaster management within the United States.