ACEC/MA Announces Silver Engineering Excellence Award Winners for 2023

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named the 2023 Silver Engineering Excellence Award winners and is accepting entries for the 2024 awards now through October 3, 2023.

The Engineering Excellence Awards are an annual celebration of engineering excellence, honoring projects worldwide that demonstrate innovation, creative problem-solving, and engineering’s unique ability to improve our world. The competition provides visibility for the firm, the design team, the client and the project. The top winners at the state level proceed to the national competition administered by the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington, DC, where they will compete for, among other awards, the coveted national Grand Conceptor Award. For more information about entering the competition and to download the entry form:

Silver ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Award winners:

BSC Group, Inc. for the Pocasset River Dredging project for the town of Bourne, MA. Overcoming decades of environmental challenges, safety concerns, projected cost overruns, and technological and physical barriers, the Town of Bourne successfully dredged the bottom of the Pocasset River. The innovative pilot project leveraged pond-dredging technology, a safe soil binding polymer, and permeable geotextile bags to contain the soil, minimize disruption to environment and community, and return clear water to the river.

Fuss & O’Neill, Inc for the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension project for MassDOT Highway Division. The project provides a safe, ADA-compliant facility that provides users access to great recreational activities, as well as connection to commercial areas and places of employment.

Gill Engineering Associates, Inc for the Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement project for MassDOT. Using NEXTD beams was crucial to the success of the project. This innovation reduced material and fabrication costs, diminished construction schedule risk, increased underside clearances, and allowed the successful use of single stem NEXTD beams.

HDR for the I-91 Rockingham Bridges for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The $50 million I-91 Rockingham Bridges are the first four-span spliced precast concrete girder structure and are the last of three major bridge replacements on I-91 in Vermont. The design-build project uses one-of-a-kind elements and precast segments, raised with massive cranes, to expedite and simplify construction while overcoming a unique, unbalanced layout.

McFarland Johnson, Inc. for the MassDOT Design Project for the Burgin Parkway Access Road in Quincy MA. This new bridge and road project successfully created a unique access point that provides a gateway to a portion of Quincy that was badly in need of a makeover. The City is already seeing the benefits of the new access point with the construction of several new buildings within the revitalized Quincy Center.

SLR International Corporation for the Wolf Swamp Fields project in Longmeadow, MA. The town contracted with SLR to perform engineering studies, work with local stakeholders, and identify alternative concepts to improve field conditions to meet the demand of increased and more effective and efficient recreational use. The goal to complete the project with balance earthwork and with 100% groundwater recharge was a challenge, but resulted in an efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable design.

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for the “B-DC and B-C Roadways Project” at Logan International Airport involved the construction a new two-level roadway between Terminals B and C to serve as enabling detour roads to facilitate the replacement of the existing roadway system, and providing a future HOV connector between terminals.

VHB for Google Headquarters for Boston Properties. To accommodate Google’s growth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this project team created a space that injected life into the public realm, maximized the site’s development potential, and contributed to the building’s targeted LEED Gold certification status.

Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. for The Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) developed the Tool to make preliminary climate resilience analysis more broadly accessible; provide consistent, risk-based design standards recommendations; inform climate resilient capital planning and procurement; and provide a unified and automated online viewer that supports evaluation of projects. The outputs serve as a consistent basis-of-discussion for planning and early design of projects with physical assets in the Commonwealth. This first-of-its-kind Tool in the nation and supporting resources are free and accessible to the public and provide significant advancements in integrating climate resilience into the standard of care across the built, natural, and social environments.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC. ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations. For more information on ACEC/MA, visit their website at

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