Oh what a night! Nearly 400 guests participated in the ESWP 136th Annual Engineering Awards Banquet, held in the Allegheny Ballroom of the Westin Hotel on Thursday, February 6. Master of Ceremonies Rick Sebak presided over the event, providing a few tantalizing trivia questions to the crowd, in the style he is so famous for. Along the way, awards were presented to Trevor Divine and Simone Stein, recipients of the George Washington Prize, presented by the University of Pittsburgh’s Dean of Engineering James Martin, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Dean of Engineering Bill Sanders respectfully. Following, ESWP President Dave Borneman presented Mr. Bill White with ESWP’s inaugural Educator of the Year Award for his in-class and extracurricular activities at the Avonworth School District, promoting STEM education. Following, Mr. Borneman recognized Dr. Brandon Grainger with the Engineer of the Year Award for his work in electrical power industry and leading the EPIC Conference in 2019. The Projects of the Year Awards were next up, recognizing the following:
- In the Transportation Category, we recognize the Bentleyville Interchange, and the Owner, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; the Engineer, ms consultants; the General Contractor, Golden Triangle Contracting; Survey Services, Monolah Basin Engineers; and Geotechnical Engineer, AWK Consulting Engineers
- In the Rehabilitation Category, we recognize the Liberty Tunnel Rehabilitation, and the Owner, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11-0; the Engineer, WSP USA, Inc.; CM/CI Services, Hill International; and the three Contractors on this project: Wellington Power Corporation, Swank Construction Company, and Mosites Construction Company
- In the Innovation Category, we recognize the Pennsylvania Turnpike Roadway and Bridge Reconstruction from Milepost 39.62, and the Owner, the PA Turnpike Commission; the Engineer, McCormick Taylor; the Construction Manager, Hill International; and the General Contractor Trumbull
- In the Education Category, we recognize the Point Park University Playhouse, and the Owner Point Park University; the Engineer/Architect, Westlake Reed Leskosky; and the General Contractor, PJ Dick.
- In the Emergency Rehabilitation Project of the Year, we recognize the Station Square Norfolk Southern Derailment, and the Owner, Port Authority of Allegheny County; the Engineer, GAI Consultants; the Construction Manager, SAI Consulting Engineers Inc.; and the General Contractor, Michael Facchiano Contracting, Inc.
The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the William Metcalf Award to Thomas G. Leech, P.E., S.E. Tom’s long career as a bridge engineer, along with his publishing and family interests were presented in video showing much of Tom’s work in all three areas. Special remarks were included by colleagues Tom Costello, Steve Shanley, Eric Veydt, and David Dzombak. Congratulations to Tom, and all of the award recipients, and thanks to all those who attended the Banquet!
2019 Metcalf Award recipient Mark Magalotti visited ESWP’s Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building to attend our continuing education event, and stopped by the Board Room for this photo opp looking over the list of Metcalf Award Recipients. Great seeing you here, Mark!
We just wrapped up a very successful National Engineers Week with lots of activity from ESWP and our affiliates! ESWP’s annual engineering awards banquet was held on February 15 with 400 guests in attendance, with a great response from our attendees. During engineers week ESWP played host to the annual banquets celebrating engineering from ASCE and PSPE, as well as played a part in a number of other engineers week activities promoting the profession including the annual Future City competition. Congratulations to all of the award recipients!
ESWP Award Winners
The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Awards of Distinction! The awards, along with the William Metcalf Award presented to J. Fred Graham, will be presented at ESWP’s 135th Annual Engineering Awards Banquet on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Westin [Convention Center] Hotel. Guest speaker is Jimmy Krenn, with Master of Ceremonies Rick Sebak. More information and reservations can be found here.
Engineer of the Year
Thomas E. Donatelli, P.E.
Currently Vice-President, Operations Manager/ Construction Services for Michael Baker International and former Director of Public Works for Allegheny County
Projects of the Year
Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge Replacement
The Greenfield Bridge Project offered a unique opportunity to implement state-of-the art design practices while creating a landmark structure at the entrance to one of Pittsburgh’s most historic parks. This setting encouraged an innovative, context sensitive design that embraced the bridge’s role as not just a transportation facility, but as a part of the community. The reuse of architectural elements from the previous bridge in the new design reestablished the bridge as a grand entrance to the park. Additionally, innovative design concepts allowed the steel arch and floor system to be erected in just one weekend closure of the underlying Interstate.
Owner: City of Pittsburgh
Constructor: Mosites Construction
Union Trust Building
The 11‐story Union Trust Building was built in 1915 and 1916 by coal and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick on a full block of downtown Pittsburgh. The Flemish‐Gothic Union Trust originally opened to much fanfare as a multi‐level shopping arcade with 240 shops on the lower levels and 700 offices above. The Commercial 667,000 square foot Office Building costs $36 million to renovate.
Owner: The Davis Companies
Architect: Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG)
MEP Engineer: CJL Engineering
Structural Engineer: Atlantic Engineering Services
Construction Manager: Mascaro Construction
Shell Early Works Project
In 2017, the joint venture of Trumbull Energy Services and Mascaro completed the largest oil and gas project in the Commonwealth, the construction of the Shell Corporation’s 400-acre ethylene cracker plant in Monaca, PA. This is the first multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant investment associated with the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. We successfully moved 7 million cubic yards of earth, built 2 bridges, constructed 4 large retaining walls, and installed over 48,000 feet of underground piping while seamlessly deploying crews working around the clock. In addition, we are constructing a rail terminal, parking garage, and control building onsite as well
as an off-site parking facility.
Owner: Shell Corporation
Owner’s Rep: Jacobs Engineering
General Contractors: PJ Dick / Mascaro
Frick Environmental Center
The Frick Environmental Center is a new environmental education facility located in Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The project is the first Living Building Challenge-targeted facility that is both municipally owned and free and fully open to the public.
Owner: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
General Contractor: PJ Dick
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Others: H.F. Lenz Company, LaQuatra Bonci Associates, Barber & Hoffman, Nitsch Engineering, Atelier Ten, Ram-Tech Engineers (this includes design and engineering consultants.)
PennDOT’s Innovative Public-Private Partnership CNG Transit Fueling (P3) Program
In 2016, Larson Design Group (LDG) teamed with Trillium CNG to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a program of CNG fueling stations in Pennsylvania. The stations will supply locally sourced compressed natural gas (CNG) to more than 1,600 public-transit buses at 29 agencies across the Commonwealth to save fuel and operational costs at a net zero development cost to taxpayers.
Contractor: Trillium CNG
Designer: Larson Design Group
Thanks to the more than 420 guests who attended ESWP’s 133rd Annual Banquet on February 15, the event was a big success. Held at the Westin Hotel, the evening was filled with good food and fellowship, uplifting messages and entertaining presentations. Congratulations to all of the award recipients in our Project of the Year program as well as ESWP’s Engineer of the Year, Jim Foringer of PennDOT District 11-0, and a special recognition for Dr. Deb Lange upon receiving ESWP’s Metcalf Award, the first female to do so in the history of the 53-year old award.
Congratulations to all of the 2016 ESWP Award recipients, starting with our Engineer of the Year: Jim Foringer, Assistant District Executive-Construction for PennDOT 11-0. Our Projects of the Year recipients are as follows: in the Commercial category, we are pleased to recognize UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex; in the Industrial category, we are pleased to recognize the Center Township Potable Water Source of Supply Transmission and Interim Water Treatment Facility; in the Innovative Construction Methods, we are pleased to recognize Milton-Madison Bridge Project; in the Sustainable category, we are pleased to recognize Lower Hill Infrastructure; and finally, in the Transportation category, we are pleased to recognize Hulton Bridge. All of these awards will be presented at the February 15 Annual Awards Banquet.
The 2017 Annual Banquet is set for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel with Guest Speaker Phil Bourque. Reservations will open November 1, 2016
The Annual Awards Banquet took place on February 18th and was attended by over 400 members and their guests. The dinner was enjoyed by all and the program that followed included University of Pittsburgh and CMU Awards, the presentation of the Engineer, Projects of the Year and Metcalf Awards. Folks then listened intently to Buddy Hobart, founder of Solutions21. You can view the banquet video here.