Three Burns & McDonnell Projects Earn 2014 ACEC National Awards
Three Burns & McDonnell Projects Earn 2014 ACEC National Awards
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Three Burns & McDonnell Projects Earn 2014 ACEC National Awards
04/08/2014 2 minute read

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has awarded three Burns & McDonnell projects with 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards. The New Parkland Hospital Central Utility Plant and the Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant earned National Recognition Awards. The Wacker Drive Reconstruction Project earned a Grand Award, making it one of eight projects nationally that are eligible for the Grand Conceptor, ACEC's top honor.

KANSAS CITY — The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has awarded three Burns & McDonnell projects with 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards. The New Parkland Hospital Central Utility Plant and the Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant earned National Recognition Awards. The Wacker Drive Reconstruction Project earned a Grand Award, making it one of eight projects nationally that are eligible for the Grand Conceptor, ACEC's top honor.

All three projects will be recognized at the ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on April 29 in Washington, D.C.

The projects were previously winners at the state level. Parkland Hospital won an ACEC-Texas Gold Medal, Wacker Drive won an ACEC-Illinois Honor Award, and Big Bull Creek won an ACEC-Kansas Engineering Excellence Award. Overall, eight Burns & McDonnell projects were recognized in state-level ACEC competitions.

Wacker Drive Reconstruction

Burns & McDonnell provided construction management services for the final stage of the Revive Wacker Drive program for the city of Chicago's Department of Transportation as a major two-level thoroughfare was completely renovated. Work involved main-line demolition and full reconstruction of the viaduct bridge structure. This involved construction from the caisson foundations up to the post-tensioned deck that suspended over the new lower level through-lane pavement. The overall Wacker Project was challenging because of a highly expedited schedule and complex staging configurations required to maintain access to the buildings for 135,000 vehicles and 150,000 pedestrians on a daily basis. The final contract totaled $85 million of the $303 million project and required $250,000 of work effort weekly to meet the project schedule.

Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and Conveyance System

A Burns & McDonnell joint venture devised a design-build solution for the neighboring cities of Edgerton and Gardner, Kan., that satisfies multiple demands while reducing long-term costs. The $19 million Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility occupies about 6 acres just outside of Edgerton and within reach of nearby Gardner, and includes nearly 3 miles of combined gravity sewer and force main and three additional pumping stations. The 500,000 gallon-per-day treatment facility, which accommodates increased flows from a nearby development, uses energy-efficient technology to meet the most stringent water quality standards in Kansas.

New Parkland Hospital Central Utility Plant

Parkland Hospital's central utility plant (CUP) provides essential thermal, electric, water and emergency utilities to the new 2.5 million-square-foot Acute Care Hospital (ACH) and surrounding healthcare campus in Dallas. The ACH serves as Dallas County's public hospital and the only Level 1 trauma center in the area, making the CUP a vital facility for thousands of residents. Therefore, reliability, sustainability and long-term operational flexibility became the driving forces that shaped the CUP's design. Burns & McDonnell provided energy analysis, conceptual and detailed design for the project. The CUP is capable of providing 20 megawatts of emergency power and delivering 16,000 tons of chilled water and approximately 200,000 pounds per hour of steam. It was designed to meet Silver certification standards in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

About Burns & McDonnell
Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. Burns & McDonnell is currently the 20th largest AEC firm in the Engineering News-Record Top 500 ranking. With the multidisciplinary experience of engineering, architecture, construction and technical professionals in more than 30 offices worldwide, Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, permits, constructs and manages facilities with one mission in mind — to make our clients successful. For more information about Burns & McDonnell, visit www.burnsmcd.com.

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