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      American Society of Civil Engineers Selects Finalists For Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

      December 1, 2016


      Reston, Va. -  The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the finalists for its 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (OCEA). 

      The award recognizes exemplary projects from around the world that contribute to the well-being of people and their communities, showcase the use of innovative materials and techniques, and demonstrate resourcefulness in the face of planning and design challenges. The winner of the 2017 OCEA Award will be announced March 16, 2017, at the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in Arlington, Va.

      The 2017 OCEA finalists are:

      • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Terminal 2 (Mumbai, India) - With an estimated 40 million passengers expected to pass annually through the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed and built a new 4.4 million square-foot terminal, combining international and domestic passenger services under one roof. Inspired by the form of traditional Indian pavilions, the four-story terminal boasts a central check-in area for travelers on top of highly adaptable, radial    concourses that minimize passenger walking distances between the domestic and international terminals. The facility's long-span roof, covering a total of nearly 754,000 square feet is one of the largest roofs in the world without an expansion joint. It is supported by only 30 columns, resulting in a large column-free space ideal for an airport. Completed at a cost of $910 million, the terminal building also includes the largest and longest cable wall system in the world.

      • Emergency and Carryover Storage Project (San Diego, Calif.) - In a region threatened by earthquakes and dogged by persistent drought, the San Diego County Water Authority realized it had a unique challenge to provide safe, reliable service for its 3.2 million residents. With more than 80 percent of its water supply coming from hundreds of miles away, the utility designed a complex water conveyance system composed of several large dams, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines and tunnels to ensure an uninterrupted and ample water supply. The $1.5 billion Emergency and Carryover Storage Project is one of the United States' largest and most innovative infrastructure improvement projects, and adds 196,000 acre-feet of locally available water storage to improve the reliability and sustainability of regional water supplies in San Diego.  

      • One World Trade Center (New York City, NY) - Soaring 1,776 feet above Manhattan - a tribute to the "freedoms" emanating from the Declaration of Independence adopted in 1776 -- numerous design and construction teams collaborated over several years to create the iconic One World Trade Center, reaffirming the preeminence and resilience of New York City following the events of September 11, 2001. The center includes 3 million square feet of new construction above ground and 500,000 square feet of new levels below ground. Among the unique features are 71 floors of coveted office space, a 50-foot-high lobby, a two-level observation deck, a "sky" restaurant, retail space and access to public transportation. Fortified with design components to support gravitational loads and provide resistance to wind and seismic forces, the tower's main roof at 1,368 feet is the same height as the original Twin Towers.

      • Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge (New Haven, Conn.) - Faced with multiple challenges, including height restrictions, required navigational clearances and space constraints, AECOM partnered with local officials and community leaders to design and build a signature bridge to replace one from 1958 at the gateway of one of America's oldest cities. Nicknamed the "Q-Bridge," the ten-lane bridge over the mouth of the Quinnipiac River opened to traffic three months ahead of schedule and accommodates more than 140,000 vehicles per day at one of the nation's busiest highway interchanges. Evoking the profile of the battleships memorialized by its name, the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge is the nation's first hybrid structure marrying cable stay and girder bridge designs. The innovative design allows shallower cable angles to minimize the impact to the marine channel below, as well as lower tower heights while still achieving the required span length and navigational clearances. 

      • Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Project (Dallas, Texas) - The City of Dallas turned to a design-build team led by HDR to fulfill its vision of connecting downtown Dallas to nearby Oak Cliff via streetcars and the deteriorating 104-year-old Houston Street Viaduct. With the viaduct listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places, the team was unable to incorporate overhead catenary traditionally used in streetcars. Instead, they created the nation's first streetcar to operate off-wire much of its entire 1.6-mile route using stored energy from the on-wire segment. The $56.5 million streetcar line, which received a $23 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is also the first project in the U.S. to use precurved block rail.         

      Established by ASCE in 1960, previous OCEA winners have included the Dragon Bridge in Vietnam ; Halley VI Antarctic Research Station ; Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier in New Orleans; Alvarado Water Treatment Plant Ozone Upgrade and Expansion Project in San Diego; and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington, D.C., among others.   

      For more information on the awards program or for press passes to the 2017 OPAL Awards Gala , please contact Lynn Badgley at or (703) 295-6406.

      Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE's 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure , graded America's cumulative GPA for infrastructure at a D+. The Report Card app for Apple and Android devices includes videos, interactive maps and info-graphics that tell the story behind the grades, as well as key facts for all 50 states. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, @ ASCETweets and @ ASCEGovRel .