Grand Awards Presented for Surveying and University Projects

McKim & Creed, The New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fayetteville State University have received Grand Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC/NC).

In the surveying and mapping category, McKim & Creed and the New York District were honored for a beach profile and groin survey along four miles of New Jersey beach that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. McKim & Creed mapped 145 beach profiles and performed detailed topographic surveys above and below the water surface for 29 stone groins and revetments, using a combination of conventional, hydrographic and airborne LiDAR techniques. This project supports the repair and restoration of the largest beachfill project ever, by volume, and helps the New York District return the beaches to their pre-storm condition and restore them to their full, original design level of protection. This, in turn, provides more sand to the affected areas and makes these communities less vulnerable to future storm events.

In the building/technology category, McKim & Creed and Fayetteville State University were honored for the university’s 60,000-square-foot, $20 million facility Science and Technology building. The facility enhances FSU’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program, and features laboratories for chemistry, forensics, mathematics, physics and computer science; offices; classrooms/seminar rooms; common use areas; a café; a university-wide data hub/center; and the Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS).

The engineering excellence awards program is an annual competition that honors and recognizes engineering and surveying firms for projects that demonstrate the highest degree of achievement, value and ingenuity. The Grand Award is the highest honor in each category.