The Hartford Line and Connecticut’s Economy.


ACEC April Dinner Meeting

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cocktail/Social Hour: 5:30-6:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30-7:15 pm
Presentation: 7:15-8:00 pm
Baci Grill, Cromwell, CT


The Hartford Line and Connecticut’s Economy.

Rich Andreski, Bureau Chief of Public Transportation will present on the the Hartford Line service and its benefits to Connecticut’s economy.

The Hartford Line is a planned commuter rail service between New Haven, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts. It will use Amtrak’s New Haven–Springfield Line and supplement existing intercity rail services between the two cities.

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ACEC/CT Legislative Reception

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2018 Legislative Reception

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Connecticut State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Room 310
Hartford, CT 06106

5:00 – 7:00 PM

ACEC/CT will host a Legislative Reception at the State Capitol in Hartford on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The reception will be open to all legislators and legislative staff, DOT management, DCS management and ACEC/CT members and is a wonderful opportunity to show members of the General Assembly the great work we do for the people of Connecticut and our impact on the state’s economy.

A limited number of sponsorships are available and include a table for displays, literature, etc. and listing in the event materials.

If you would like to attend the reception or become a sponsor, please Register Now!

22nd Annual Joint Dinner of the Design and Construction Industry

Please join ACEC-CT and others in the AEC Community for:

22nd Annual Joint Dinner of the Design and Construction Industry

For more information or to register online visit the AIA CT website.

As a hosting organization, ACEC-CT cordially invites you to the 22nd Annual Joint Dinner of the Design and Construction Industry, an evening of networking, collegiality, and relationship building.

This annual event is an extraordinary business opportunity for members of the various participating professional associations. In an effort to stay connected to government officials, state agency officials and legislators are invited.

ACEC-CT is one of the 31 hosting A/E/C industry organizations.

Keynote Address:
Lyle Dwight Wray, PhD., Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments will present the keynote address: “Leveraging Transportation Investments for Growth in Connecticut

Registration:
Through the American Institute of Architects CT. For questions, call AIA CT at (203) 865-2195.

Time and Location:
Wed, February 28, 2018, 5:30 PM
Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT 06479

Cost:
Reception and Dinner $59.00
Reception only 5:30-6:30 p.m $30.00
Reserved Table of 10 $590.00

Results of 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards

The 2018 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards went off without a hitch on January 22 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, Connecticut.  The Event was well attended with over 110 participants.

We would like to congratulate the engineers for their creativity, passion, and professionalism. Let’s aim to innovate further in the next calendar year and strive to help a Connecticut project receive a National ACEC Award.

As always, we would also like to thank the clients and owners who make these projects possible.  A special thanks also goes out to the premium event sponsor, Milone & Macbroom.

The Award Winners for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards are as follows:

Rehabilitation of Cedar Street Bridge over Amtrak in Newington

Route 175 over Amtrak Superstructure Replacement, Accelerated Bridge Construction with PBUEngineer: Alfred Benesch & Company
Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation

The original bridge carried approximately 32,300 vehicles per day across four-lanes of traffic (two in each direction). The Connecticut DOT Traffic Unit required all lanes (two-lanes each direction) to be operational during the work week and one lane in each direction on the weekends.

The substantial traffic volumes and corresponding lane restrictions on this State Road required the use of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques to minimize potential user delays.

Alfred Benesch & Company 2018 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Award Winning Team

Alfred Benesch & Company Design Team

Steel Prefabricated Bridge Units (PBU’s) were selected for the project to accelerate construction, but were substantially deeper than the existing box beam superstructure. To accommodate the deeper steel PBU’s the vertical profile of the roadway was increased by over 1 foot.

The entire superstructure was replaced and approach roadway work to accommodate the change in profile was completed in two major stages, each taking place within the predefined 56-hour weekend work windows. The complex design also included the incorporation of specialized post-tensioning details required to maintain traffic on the remaining precast box beams, after partial removal.

Eagle Hill School Expansion

Eagle Hill School
Engineer: The DiSalvo Engineering Group
Client: KG and D Architects

The project consisted of the structural engineering design of the new Community Room and renovations to the adjoining classroom building at the Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Connecticut.

KG and D Architects was hired for a multi-phase project to update and expand the facilities of the Eagle Hill School, a residential and day school for children with language-based learning disabilities.

The architectural vision of the Community Room roof framing included an entirely open space, with structural columns located only around the perimeter of the structure.

DiSalvo Engineering 2018 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Award Winning Team

DiSalvo Engineering Design Team

Large truss shapes were to be used and a 20 foot diameter cupola was to be located at the center of the room. The Di Salvo Engineering Group proposed the use of both steel and glued laminated trusses, with steel tube members mimicking the size and appearance of the glued laminated wood. This adaptation to the original design intent allowed Di Salvo to design a series of interconnected steel tube trusses, capable of spanning the 60 foot space. A self-supporting, curved girder-truss section was designed to provide support for the radial portion of the roof, and corresponding wood trusses. Computer modeling was used to analyze the three-dimensional behavior of the entire roof framing system. The use of closed shape steel members provided both the needed stability, and the visual appearance desired by the client.

State / Trumbull Parking Lot

State/Trumbull CT Parking Lot, First Green Lot in Connecticut
Engineer: Tighe & Bond
Client: Park New Haven

Park New Haven recognized the need for parking along this section of State Street that was driven by area businesses and restaurants that needed close, convenient safe parking and local residents who needed nearby lot parking for their vehicles during snow parking bans

Tighe and Bond’s unique solution represents a significant advancement in the design and utility of the common parking lot.

Tighe & Bond 2018 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Award Winning Team

Tighe & Bond Design Team

The parking facility uses numerous low impact and sustainable design elements, including removal of old construction debris to improve soil permeability, a rain garden, LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations, and a reflective coating to reduce heat-island effect.

The Green Parking Council (GPC), a nonprofit organization and affiliate of the International Parking Institute, “green” certified the 75-space lot, the first “green” certified parking lot in New England.

2018 Engineering Excellence Grand Award Recipient

Meriden Green

Meriden Green, Construction Finished
Engineer: Milone and MacBroom
Client: City of Meriden

Like many New England cities built on waterways, Meriden’s mills and factories were replaced as part of the 1960s urban renewal program and city’s Harbor Brook was placed in an underground conduit to allow for a retail mall. But periodic flooding of the downtown, largely caused by building in the floodplain, became worse. The city engaged local consulting firm Milone & MacBroom to conduct a comprehensive study of the entire Harbor Brook watershed, with the goal of preparing a master plan to reclaim the river, reduce flood hazards, and promote economic development.

The key to the overall flood control plan was the conversion of the downtown shopping mall as the primary flood storage basin for the flood improvement project. The plans called for demolishing the mall and lowering portions of the downtown floodplain into a new urban flood control park.

While the construction challenges were intense, the regulatory permitting process of the project has often been referred to as being one of the most complicated in Connecticut history, involving coordination and review by myriad federal, state, and local environmental agencies.

Meriden Green During Construction

In late summer 2016, after two decades of assessment, visioning, permitting, design, and construction, the $15-million-dollar project was complete.

The Meriden Green project included the removal or processing of over 100,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, a fully engineered and approved soil remediation action plan funded by brownfield grants, the installation of several hundred tons of river cobble and boulders, and over 3,000 native wetland and upland restorative landscape plantings.

Over 1,700 linear feet of Harbor Brook—once confined in underground tunnels—can now be appreciated as a natural, meandering channel through the city’s new central park.

The 300-foot “Silver City Bridge” now connects pedestrians in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods to the new intermodal transportation center. The bridge is designed to maintain connections over the park even during flood events and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding community.

Milone & MacBroom 2018 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Grand Award Winning Team

Milone & MacBroom Design Team

The Great Lawn, a large area of reinforced natural grass turf, is used for public community events, farmers’ markets, a traveling big top circus, and informal recreation. Along the northwestern embankment of the park, a new outdoor amphitheater serves as a location to stage seasonal performances and concerts and also serves as a lunchtime or educational gathering.

The project has stimulated a $250-million urban renaissance plan with 600 downtown housing units plus retail and commercial space.

The Meriden Green, located in the heart of Meriden, Connecticut, started out as one vital component of a comprehensive flood control project. Now, after two decades of planning, design, and environmental permitting, the newly created 14-acre park has become the catalyst for a city’s economic revitalization.

Start thinking about your 2019 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Projects!

Engineering Excellence Awards 2018

Join The American Council Of Engineering Companies

In Celebrating Connecticut’s

Outstanding Engineering Projects Of The Past Year

This sensational program–the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry–offers entrant’s well-deserved recognition from their peers as well as a national audience. Firm staff, clients, consultants and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

ACEC CT Engineering Excellence Awards

2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Recipients

Location: Aqua Turf – Plantsville, CT

Cocktail/Social Hour: 5:30-6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30-7:15 pm

Awards Presentation: 7:30-8:30 pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Thanks to our Program Sponsor

Milone & MacBroom

Special Thanks to our Annual Corporate Sponsors…

Ames & Gough

WSP

Season and Program Sponsorships are available…
Please contact Rob Yirigian at Robert.Yirigian@wsp.com

Annual Holiday Party & PAC Fundraising Raffle 2018

Come join ACEC Connecticut and ring in the holiday season with good company at an excellent venue.

The Event Kicks off at 5:30 PM on Monday December 4, 2017 in the Pool Room

City Steam – 942 Main Street in Hartford, CT

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Registration is $50 and includes (2) Cocktails/Beers/Wine and Butlered Hors D’oeuvres throughout the evening.

Great prizes will be raffled, including:

  • Boston Red Sox Tickets
  • UCONN Men’s Basketball Tickets
  • Yard Goats Terrace and Field Box Tickets
  • Amazon and Starbucks gift cards
  • Jerry’s Famous Maple Syrup and more….

Special Thanks to our Annual Corporate Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season and Program Sponsorships are available…
Please contact Rob Yirigian at Robert.Yirigian@wsp.com

2017 Engineering Excellence Awards

The ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards  honor the very best of Connecticut’s engineers and the projects they have created for our citizens. We congratulate the engineers for their creativity and professionalism.

We also want to thank the clients and owners for making these projects possible. Their vision inspires us to greater achievements. And thanks to the many other professionals: architects, engineers, contractors, suppliers and others who contributed to the effort and built the project from the engineers’ designs. In a real sense, these are team awards; without your effort, these projects would not be possible.

201 Grand Award
Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge

Engineer:  AECOM

Client:  Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

Engineering Excellence Award

I-95/I-91/Rt 34 Interchange

Engineer:  Lochner

Client:  Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

Engineering Excellence Award

Route 8, Design Build, Rehabilitation of Bridges

Engineer: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Client:  Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

Engineering Excellence Award

Steelpointe Harbor Waterfront Improvement Project

Engineer:  RACE Coastal Engineering, LLC

Client:  Bridgeport Landing Development

 

Engineering Excellence Award

Lake Gaillard Pump Station Electrical Improvements

Engineer: Tighe & Bond

Client:  South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

 

Engineering Excellence Award

Main Street Bridge Replacement

Engineer: TranSystems Corporation of Connecticut

Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

Merit Award

Construction Engineering, Inspection and Contract Administration for Steelpointe Roadway Reconstruction

Engineer:  AI Engineers

Client:  Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

Merit Award

The Prospector Theater

Engineer: The DiSalvo Engineering Group

Client: Prospects, Opportunity and Enrichment, Inc.

 

Merit Award

Means Brook Reservoir Gatehouse and Dam Rehabilitation

Engineer: Tata & Howard, Inc.

Client: Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut

 

Merit Award

Repair and Modification of Stone Masonry Arch Bridge

Engineer: Tata & Howard, Inc.

Client: Town of Watertown

 

Merit Award

Connecticut Safe Routes to School Program

Engineer: VN Engineers, Inc.

Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Photographs of the 2017 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Gala can be viewed and downloaded here.

Past Events in 2017

Past Events

Monday, October 23, 2017
Metropolitan District Commission (MDC)

                  
SOUTH HARTFORD CONVEYANCE/STORAGE
TUNNEL and SHAFT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Featuring
Susan Negrelli, PE,                 Director of Engineering    MDC
Andrew Perham, CHMM,     Construction Manager      MDC


Monday, September 18, 2017
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Trends & Innovation in Accelerated Bridge Construction
Showcasing 2 Recent ConnDOT Projects Utilizing Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)

          
 Interstate 95  in Waterford                       I-84 Exit 63 Off-Ramp alignment 

Featuring
Rabih Barakat, P.E.          Principal Engineer–Consultant Bridge Design, ConnDOT
Ajit Gokhale, P.E.              ‎Sr. Project Engineer/Design Coordinator, AI Engineers
John Deliberto, P.E.         Project Engineer, ConnDOT

 



Thursday, July 20, 2017
6th ACEC/CT Golf Outing


To benefit the ACEC Political Action Committee
Help ACEC CT Rise to of the Top the Leader Board in Washington!
Enjoy a great round of golf and network with friends at our sixth annual golf outing.
Includes 18 holes of golf, use of driving range, putting and chipping practice, cart,
box lunch and buffet dinner.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Flying High at Bradley International Airport
New Airlines, International Routes, Restaurants and Retail bring great expectations
for Bradley and the region.
Please join your ACEC Colleagues, as we welcome Kevin Dillon who will share the successes,
near misses and exciting plans for the future of the Connecticut Airport Authority and
New England’s largest regional airport!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ACEC Legislative Reception
Legislative Reception at the State Capitol in Hartford.
Open to all legislators and legislative staff, DOT management, DCS management and ACEC/CT members. It’s a great opportunity to show the General Assembly what great work we do for the people of Connecticut and our impact on the state’s economy.
State Capitol, Hartford, CT

April 17, 2017
CT DEEP – 
Land & Water Resources Division Reorganization
Featuring: Jan Michael Czeczotka, Assistant Division Director
Land & Water Resources Division, Water Protection and Land Reuse
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

February 22, 2017
Joint Design and Construction Industry Joint Dinner
Keynote Address by Kevin Lembo, Connecticut State Comptroller
Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, CT

February 15, 2017
Joint Engineers Week Dinner
Presentation by James Redeker,  Commissioner CONN DOT

2013 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

2013 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Grand Award: Moses Wheeler Bridge Foundations, Stratford/Milford, CT; STV Inc., Client: : Connecticut DOT.

2013 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Grand Award: Moses Wheeler Bridge Foundations, Stratford/Milford, CT; STV Inc., Client: : Connecticut DOT.

Engineering Excellence Award: Putnam Water filtration Plant Clearwell Upgrade, Greenwich, CT; Tighe & Bond; Client: Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut

Engineering Excellence Award: Putnam Water filtration Plant Clearwell Upgrade, Greenwich, CT; Tighe & Bond; Client: Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut

Engineering Excellece Award. Comstock Covered Bridge Rehabilitation; ProjectEast Hampton/Colchester, CT; McFarland Johnson, Inc.; Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Engineering Excellence Award. Comstock Covered Bridge Rehabilitation; Project East Hampton/Colchester, CT; McFarland Johnson, Inc.; Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Engineering Excellence Award. SoNo Ice House, Norwalk, CT; The DiSalvo Ericson Group; Client: SoNo Ice House, LLC

Engineering Excellence Award. SoNo Ice House, Norwalk, CT; The DiSalvo Ericson Group; Client: SoNo Ice House, LLC

Merit Award: Green Capitols, CDM Smith, Inc.Green Capitols Hartford, CT Client: The Metropolitan District.

Merit Award: Green Capitols, CDM Smith, Inc. Green Capitols Hartford, CT Client: The Metropolitan District.