Every year since 1960, ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award – OCEA – has recognized the world’s greatest civil engineering projects of that year.

For 2022, ASCE has selected 11 stellar projects as OCEA Honor Award recipients. These projects will be showcased at the OPAL Gala during the ASCE 2022 Convention, Oct. 25 in Anaheim, California. From the group of 11, an overall OCEA winner plus one silver and one bronze winner will be announced at the event. 

These are the 2022 OCEA Honor Award projects:

Able Pump Station
Dallas
The new pump station replaces a 50-year-old sump complex that protected Dallas from the Trinity River. The architecturally stunning station in Dallas’ south downtown lowers the city’s flood elevation by 6.5 feet and provides 100-year flood protection over four square miles.

Canarsie Tunnel Rehabilitation & L Line Core Capacity Improvements
New York
The tunnel project addresses multiple urgent needs of the New York City subway’s L Line in order to rehabilitate damages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The completed project improves tunnel resiliency against future flood events.

Citizens Reservoir
Fishers, Indiana
Indiana’s newest reservoir in 50 years sustainably repurposes a decommissioned rock quarry into a 3-billion-gallon water supply, enhancing the region’s drought preparedness.

I-15; Lehi Main to SR92, Technology Corridor
Lehi, Utah
The 4.4-mile rebuilding of the Utah interstate highway relieves traffic congestion with two interchange redesigns, 15 bridge replacements, two new bridges, new bike and pedestrian trails, and a widening of the roadway to six lanes.

Keauhou Beach Hotel and Site Demolition
Kahalu’u, North Kona, Hawaii
A seven-story hotel complex on nearly 23 acres was demolished with minimal impact on the environment in order to restore a pristine seaside ecosystem. The parcel, which includes 15 historically significant properties, will be redeveloped as an educational center. 

Moynihan Train Hall
New York
A transformation of the 108-year-old James A. Farley Post Office into a major expansion of Penn Station’s transit hub includes a complete restoration of the building’s stone façade, terra-cotta cornices, and many other original details.  

NE Spring Boulevard (Zones 1 and 2)
Bellevue, Washington
A new five-lane arterial, constructed over five years, serves as a gateway into an area of the city that is transforming from light industry to a mixed-use neighborhood. The multipurpose boulevard incorporates plans for light rail.

One Vanderbilt Avenue
New York
At 93 stories and 1,401 feet, the new tallest office building in midtown Manhattan is built around a structural steel frame and high-strength concrete shear wall core supporting 1.7 million square feet of office, retail, and amenity space.

Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project
Marina, California
Northern California’s first indirect potable reuse project treats a number of wastewater sources to replenish a groundwater basin and help fight the region’s drought. The purification process includes ozone, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and UV-advanced oxidation.

Rainier Square Redevelopment
Seattle
The 58-story high-rise, Seattle’s second tallest, is the world’s first to be constructed using the innovative SpeedCore structural system. The process allowed construction to occur 43% faster than conventional methods and shaved 10 months off the projected 32-month schedule.

West Riverside Energy Center
Beloit, Wisconsin
The state-of-the-art natural gas-fired power plant for Alliant Energy provides 730 MW of power, integrates with a solar facility, and emits significantly less pollutants than traditional coal-fired plants. The site includes 67 acres of restored natural habitat.