Auburn/Main Roundabout engineers awarded

Online Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hanson Professional Services, Inc., of Rockford, has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 48th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Auburn and Main Roundabout in Rockford.

The once-congested, crash-prone intersection of Auburn and Main streets is now safer and more efficient, thanks to Rockford’s first dual-lane roundabout. In addition to improving traffic flow, the new roundabout will bring much-needed economic development to the area, as nearby businesses will be easier to access. Pedestrians benefit from wider sidewalks and green spaces.

In reconfiguring the intersection, the project team took care to minimize impacts on adjacent properties, including a Civil War memorial, and the historic Greenwood Cemetery and Chapel. All these benefits were achieved for millions of dollars less than other conventional improvement options.

The project is among 143 engineering projects throughout the nation and the world recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements for 2013. Judging for the Engineering Excellence Awards — known as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry” — took place in February, conducted by a panel of more than 30 engineers, architects, government officials, media members and academics. Criteria for the awards include uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, complexity and success in meeting goals.

Final top winners, including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement, will be announced at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, April 29, at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,000 independent engineering firms and more than 325,000 professionals throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1909 with headquarters in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.

Posted March 12, 2014

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