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Magnusson Klemencic Associates won ACEC Washington’s platinum award for its work on the Frank Gehry-designed BioMuseo, a biodiversity museum in Panama City, Panama.

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MKA wins platinum
for Gehry building

Magnusson Klemencic Associates has earned the top honor in the 46th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards, sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington. MKA was the structural engineer for BioMuseo, a Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum located at the gateway to the Panama Canal.

Jan. 27, 2014
A Special Section of

ACEC Washington honored 31 projects representing a wide range of engineering achievements. The top six awards (one platinum and five gold) will go on to compete in the ACEC national competition in Washington, D.C., in April.

The five-member judging panel consisted of “engineer emeritus” and lead judge Jeff Daggett, PE, FACEC; Butch Brooks, president of AGC of Washington and owner of Brooks Construction Management; Debbie Sullivan, assistant public works director, city of Olympia; Michael Terrell, major projects director, Seattle Department of Transportation; and Ben Minnick, construction editor, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

Projects were rated on their complexity; perception by the public; uniqueness and innovations; future value to the engineering profession; contributions to social, economic and sustainable development; and fulfillment of client/owners’ needs.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington is a professional trade association representing consulting engineering, land surveying and affiliated scientific and planning firms statewide.

ACEC 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards

Platinum Award
Project: BioMuseo, Panama City, Panama
Client: Fundacion Amador
Gold Award: Special projects
Project: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters
Client: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Gold Award: Structural systems
Hart Crowser
Project: Federal Center South
Client: Sellen Construction
Gold Award: Energy
Wood Harbinger
Project: University of Oregon co-generation and electrical distribution
Client: University of Oregon
Gold Award: Environmental
Tetra Tech
Project: Chief Joseph Hatchery
Client: Colville Confederated Tribes
Gold Award: Structural systems
Project: University Link tunnels under Interstate 5
Client: Sound Transit
Gold Awards
Hart Crowser
Project: Husky Stadium redevelopment
Client: Wright Runstad & Co./University of Washington
Future value to engineering profession
MWH Americas
Project: Lower Baker floating surface collector
Client: Puget Sound Energy
Owner/client needs
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Project: Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge replacement
Client: Washington State Department of Transportation
Project: Robotic painting facility for 777 aircraft wings
Client: The Boeing Co.
Social/economic sustainability
Project: Snoqualmie Falls hydroelectric redevelopment
Client: Puget Sound Energy
Silver Awards

Project: I-5/SR 161/SR 18 triangle improvements
Client: Washington State Department of Transportation/City of Federal Way

Notkin Mechanical Engineers
Project: UW Medical Center Montlake Tower
Client: University of Washington/NBBJ

Project: Tacoma Narrows Airport Runway 17-35 rehabilitation project
Client: Pierce County
Future value to engineering profession

HNTB Corporation
Project: Airport Way South Viaduct over Argo railroad yard
Client: Seattle Department of Transportation
Future value to engineering profession

Parsons Brinckerhoff
Project: I-90 track bridge system and prototype project
Client:Sound Transit
Owner/client needs

MWH Americas
Project: Madison Valley stormwater project, Phase 2
Client: Seattle Public Utilities

Landau Associates
Project: Beneficial reuse of dredged marina sediment
Client: Port of Bellingham

Transpo Group
Project: Bow Lake automated traffic management system
Client: King County Solid Waste
Social/economic sustainability

Apex Engineering
Project: The Woods at Golden Given
Client: Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
Social/economic sustainability

Project: Main Street lighting and sidewalk enhancements
Client: City of Edmonds
Social/economic sustainability

Reid Middleton
Project: Snohomish County PUD Operations Center expansion
Client: Snohomish County PUD No. 1
Bronze Awards
Project: Main Post Chapel renovation, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Client:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
Coffman Engineers
Project: Agnes Kehoe Place
Client: Northeast Washington Housing Solutions
Coffman Engineers
Project: Kadlec freestanding emergency department
Client: Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Hart Crowser
Project: Permitting for burrowing shrimp control
Client: WGH Oyster Growers Association
MWH Americas/Parametrix
Project: Tulalip Water Pipeline project, segments 3, 5 and 7
Client: Tulalip-Everett Joint Water Pipeline Board
Reid Middleton/Coast & Harbor Engineering
Project: Don Morse Park shoreline restoration and beach enhancement
Client: City of Chelan
RH2 Engineering
Project: City of Issaquah YWCA pedestrian bridge
Client: City of Issaquah/YMCA
Tetra Tech
Project: Amtrak Pacific Northwest maintenance and welfare facilities
Client: Amtrak
Wood Harbinger
Project: Federal Way Service Center
Client: Federal Way School District


ACEC Washington (www.acec-wa.org)

Cadd Northwest, Inc. (www.caddnw.com)

Canyon River Ranch (www.canyonriverranch.net)

Coffman Engineers, Inc. (www.coffman.com)

GeoDimensions (www.geodimensions.net)

Magnusson Klemencic Associates (www.mka.com)

Ruby Springs Lodge (www.rubyspringslodge.com)

SMACNA (www.smacnaww.org)

Solicitbid (www.solicitbid.com)

Wood Harbinger (www.woodharbinger.com)

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