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ACEC/MA Announces BSC Group, CDM Smith, GPI, and Michael Baker International as Winners of Bronze Engineering Excellence Award

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BOSTON, MA — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) names BSC Group, CDM Smith, GPI, and Michael Baker International as winners of their 2020 Bronze Engineering Excellence Award. BSC Group won for their work on EMD Serono’s Sagamore building expansion in Billerica, Massachusetts; CDM Smith won for their work on the Station Road Bridge serving as the primary link between Amherst Woods and the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts; GPI won for their work on the Faunce Corner Road Reconstruction project in Dartmouth, Massachusetts; and Michael Baker International won for their work on the MBTA Rail Transit Tunnel Inspection Manual.

The 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards were recently announced and will be celebrated at the 2021 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. The awards celebrate innovation, ingenuity, and excellence in engineering achievement.

“The Engineering Excellence Awards program recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity,” said Jenn Howe, President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and Principal and Vice President at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. “Entrants are rated by an independent panel of judges from the architectural community, the construction industry, academia, the media, and the public sector on the basis of uniqueness and originality; future value to the profession and perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of the client/owner’s need, including schedule and budget. We congratulate them and thank them for their contributions to improving the quality of our everyday lives.”

BSC Group: EMD Serono’s Sagamore Building Expansion
EMD Serono’s Sagamore building in Billerica has earned the acclaimed WELL Gold certification and is poised to change the way buildings are designed by placing people and wellness at the center of the design process. The Sagamore Building is EMD Serono’s 30,000-square-foot expansion of their research and development facility. This development expands upon an existing 24,000-square-foot building, more than doubling the pre-existing office space, and maintains a unified campus experience. The WELL certification is a global movement, aimed to transform the built environment in order to advance human health and wellness.

Founded in 1965 to provide engineering-oriented surveying services for large infrastructure and land development projects, BSC Group has evolved over more than five decades to provide fully integrated services to support a range of projects in the built and natural environments. Headquartered in Boston, they have six offices throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

CDM Smith: Station Road Bridge
CDM Smith provided design and construction support services for the temporary replacement of the Station Road Bridge, which was closed due to structural deficiencies, severing the primary link between Amherst Woods and the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts. CDM Smith conducted engineering analyses and developed a safe, cost-effective design. Their team attended public information meetings and coordinated with a local Temporary Bridge Committee to engage residents and ensure that their needs were met. Despite several complexities, including surrounding wetlands and the skew of existing bridge supports, the project was completed on an expedited schedule, restoring a critical connection between two communities.

CDM Smith is a global, privately owned engineering and construction firm providing client service and smart solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

GPI: Faunce Corner Road Reconstruction
The $20-million project was funded and constructed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT). The Faunce Corner Road Reconstruction Project involved innovative design solutions that not only improved traffic flow in this highly congested area, but also enhanced safety and mobility to support the economic development for this region. The complexity of design on this project was immense and included the design of the first traffic signal system in the state utilizing Adaptive Signal Control Technology; an innovative bridge design; roadway design that provided a widened bridge and roadway, a shared use path, bicycle lanes, and new stormwater BMPs; and development of a four-stage construction staging plan to minimize disruption to the public.
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Since 1966, GPI has designed, managed, and supported their clients on an array of projects. The firm is employee-owned and delivers quality service to government agencies, municipalities, architects, commercial developers, and property owners. Headquartered in Babylon, New York, the firm has Massachusetts offices in Southbridge and Wilmington.

Michael Baker International: MBTA Rail Transit Tunnel Inspection Manual
Drawing on multiple sources, Michael Baker developed an element-level inspection manual for transit and commuter rail tunnels in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s transit system. The manual details procedures for assessing universal aspects of transit tunnels, defines state of good repair and levels of deterioration, and provides calculations for prioritizing maintenance and rehabilitation, allowing repairs to be quantified and prioritized repairs. Michael Baker also performed a 200-foot calibration inspection to set a foundation for qualifying future inspection teams, created start-up guidelines for the manual, and, since the project was delivered under-budget, has offered to provide training to tunnel inspectors.

Michael Baker International is a provider of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction, and program management. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions to support U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a range of commercial clients. Michael Baker has more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations. The company has a Massachusetts office in Cambridge.

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