ASCE Project of the Year

RiverLights Wins ASCE Project of the Year Award for Eastern NC

The Coastal Branch of the North Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has awarded Newland and McKim & Creed the ASCE Project of the Year Award for the RiverLights community.

RiverLights is an environmentally friendly, 2,200-home mixed use community that promotes a live-work environment in a waterfront setting.

The ASCE Project of the Year Award recognizes projects that demonstrate the organization’s mission of advancing the civil engineering profession and serving the public good by:

  • advancing technology
  • improving public infrastructure
  • being environmentally responsible

“RiverLights is a signature project for McKim & Creed. It represents the best of the best in terms of environmental stewardship, commitment to the surrounding community and boosting the quality of public infrastructure. We are honored to receive this award, along with Newland, from ASCE,” said Richard Collier, PE, regional manager with McKim & Creed.

In 2016, Newland and McKim & Creed  were presented with an Honors Award award by the American Council for Engineering Companies, North Carolina for the three-mile River Road Realignment within the RiverLights community. The project restores and reconnects wetlands and coastal marsh, protects unique sand ridges, provides a multiuse trail and wildlife corridor, opens access to waterfront property on the Cape Fear River, and offers a safer roadway through dual-lane roundabouts. The $10-million project was complet­ed at no cost to taxpayers.

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Shown here are (l-r) Justin Gibson, president of the ASCE Coastal Branch; Nick Cassala, vice president of operations for RiverLights; Richard Collier, McKim & Creed regional manager; Kathryn Espinoza, McKim & Creed project manager; and Emily McArthur, McKim & Creed engineer intern.