The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) award season is upon us! ASCE is the longest standing engineering society in the nation. With over 150,000 members represented in 177 countries, an award from ASCE is highly recognized in the engineering industry. The United States comprises 158 individual branches, which are grouped into 76 sections, that are then divided into nine regions. Region 9 happens to be one of a kind, as it only covers the State of California. This is due to the size of the state and its 17,824 ASCE members. All levels of the organization participate in annual awards, and the winners of each award category advance to the next level, which can lead up to national recognition and beyond. As a member of ASCE’s Region 9, ENGEO is thrilled to have received five awards for 2018:
Region 9 – Outstanding Small Project and Geotechnical Engineering Project
Outstanding Small Project
The approximately 6,700-acre Yuba Goldfields, located along the south side of the Yuba River at the northeastern end of Reclamation District No. 784 (RD 784) in Yuba County, California, is a unique site with a tremendous history of mining. Through research and technical evaluations, the team including MBK Engineers and ENGEO developed a safe and stable 100-year embankment that could be constructed from the local dredge tailings. The dredge tailings are typically a granular mixture of cobble, gravel, sand, and some fines. By reshaping the tailings, a very low cost linear feature was constructed to form a barrier for 100-year flood protection.
Geotechnical Engineering Project
The 12.5-acre Blu Harbor residential development is located in Redwood City. Surrounded by water on three sides, this former private marina lies in a seismically active region of California. ENGEO utilized a deep soil mixing (DSM) technology brought from Japan to the US and designed a stabilization system for the high-density waterfront development. Waterfront stabilization was necessary to protect proposed structures and improvements from seismically induced lateral deformation.
Orange County Branch – Flood Management Project, Land Development Project, and Project of the Year
ENGEO contributed on three award-winning projects associated with the repurposing of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro military base, located in central-western Orange County, California.
Flood Management Project
The Agua Chinon Corridor was designed to incorporate flood conveyance, natural open-space, environmental restoration, and passive recreational uses. Designed to function as a natural drainage channel that can handle 100-year flood events, the Agua Chinon Corridor also provides a beautiful riparian corridor and trail system to enhance the 3,580-acre community.
Project of the Year
OC Sports Park Encompassing 194 acres, the Sports Complex is the largest park of its kind west of the Mississippi. Covering an area three times the size of Disneyland, it features professional/world level facilities for soccer and tennis, and accommodates year-round club sport tournaments. The Sports Park is a welcome facility for local families that used to drive long distances to other facilities in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego County.
Urban or Land Development Project
The Altair Irvine master planned community includes 840 luxury homes. Planning, design, and construction for the ten Altair tracts and associated infrastructure first required careful demolition of former military housing and infrastructure. Project design had to accommodate construction of the northern portion of the Agua Chinon Corridor that passes through the center of the project. Coordination with neighboring entities, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Irvine Unified School District, was also essential to the project success.
The 2018 ASCE Orange County Branch awards were presented on February 21st, in Anaheim, CA. The 2018 ASCE Region 9 awards will be presented on March 29th in San Diego, CA.