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    GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards

     

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  • Congratulations to all the Winners of the 2019 GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards!

     

    Arcadis received the Grand Prize Award for its work on the Cumberland Boulevard project. With innovative design, the Cumberland Parkway/Cumberland Boulevard intersection was widened to allow for the mainline to remove the split phase and reduce peak hour delay by more than 50%. The signing and marking adjustment to the lanes west of I-285 reduces driver confusion, improving operations and expected reduction in crash frequency.

    Winners were also recognized across nine different categories:

     

    • Willmer Engineering, Inc. - Northside Drive Pedestrian Bridge
      Category 1 Winner: Innovative Solutions to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products

       

    • Kimley-Horn - Bob Callan Multiuse Trail, Phase II, Segment A
      Category 2 Winner: Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility

       

    • GDOT OES - Interstate 20 Widening & Bridge Replacement over Augusta Canal & Savannah River
      Category 3 Winner: NEPA, Environmental Protection, Preservation, Restoration and/or Enhancement

       

    • Wood - City Center in Clarkston Streetscape
      Category 4 Winner: Context Sensitive Planning and Design including Public Participation Plan

       

    • AECOM Technical Services, Inc. - SR 20 over Etowah River Bridge Rehabilitation
      Category 5 Winner: Bridge and/or Structural Design

       

    • GDOT District One - RCUT - SR 53 McEver Road
      Category 6 Winner: Traffic Safety and/or Intersection Design

       

    • VHB - Bay Street Widening
      Category 7 Winner: Highway Design - Urban

       

    • Wolverton - SR 133 Widening
      Category 8 Winner: Highway Design - Rural

       

    • Arcadis U.S., Inc. - I-85 Express Lanes from SR 138 to Hamilton Road
      Category 9 Winner: Design-Build

  • Categories of Entry
    Nominations may be for portions, aspects, or stages of a project worthy of recognition.

    1. Innovative Solution to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products
    This award recognizes innovation and emphasizes new design solutions to engineering problems with broad prospects for future application. Such innovation may include the use of new products or functioning components.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Innovative Approach to Design
    • Problem solving methodology
    • Teamwork/Communications
    • Innovative use of methods or materials
    • Quality
    • Customer satisfaction
    • Sustainability
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Constructability
    • Minimal negative effect on the environment/aesthetics
    • Completeness and accuracy of plans

    2. Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility
    This award recognizes the importance of providing for transit, pedestrians, bicyclists and other forms of mobility for people and freight. Nominations should be made for designs and/or studies that provide for maximum efficiency, enhanced linkage and flexible multi¬use of transportation systems.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Security and Safety
    • Design Features
    • Innovation in Use/Reuse of Materials or Methods
    • Connectivity/Integration with Other Modes
    • Aesthetics
    • Maintainability and Durability

    3. NEPA, Environmental Protection, Preservation, Restoration and/or Enhancement 
    Recognizes the value of protecting natural and historic resources and/or aesthetics as elements of Georgia's quality of life. Should demonstrate solutions to transportation needs that embrace these concerns. Nominations should be made for constructed project components. Landscaping, archeological remediation and general enhancement designs are examples for consideration under this category.
    Criteria for judging:

    • New Application of Existing Techniques/Originality/Innovation
    • Value to Advancing the Georgia Quality Initiative
    • Social/Environmental Considerations
    • Complexity
    • Meeting and Exceeding Owners/Clients Needs

    4. Context Sensitive Planning and Design Including Public Participation Plan
    This award recognizes the important role the planning process plays in determining the best overall solution. Nomination should be made for processes which not only achieved meaningful public involvement via innovative techniques, but which developed context sensitive transportation solutions.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Encouraged Public Participation
    • Facilitated Cooperative Input from Reviewing Agencies
    • Evidenced Coordinated Planning with Local Interests
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    5. Bridge/Structural Design
    This award recognizes structures that economically meet the requirements of the site, are aesthetically pleasing and are appropriate for the surrounding environment. Consideration is also given to structures that present innovative and economic solutions to unique design challenges specific to the site or structure. The constructability of the solution is an important consideration for award.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Economic/Innovative Approach to Design and Construction Challenges
    • Constructability
    • Innovative Use of Methods or Materials
    • Environment/Aesthetics

    6. Traffic Safety and/or Intersection Design
    This award recognizes projects that improve existing roads and intersections to enhance safety for the motoring public and/or pedestrians.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Reduced Accidents and Improved Safety
    • Utilized Cost Effective Techniques
    • Effectively maintained Traffic and Local Access During Construction
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    7. Highway Design - Urban
    This award recognizes large projects in densely developed areas that may include a combination of roadway and structural work to fit within an urban environment while handling large volumes of traffic. Projects in this category include those ascribed to an urban area and/or urban characteristic in the functional classification. 
    Criteria for judging:

    • Encouraged Public Participation
    • Facilitated cooperative Input from Reviewing Agencies
    • Successfully Integrated into the Surrounding Land Uses
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    8. Highway Design - Rural
    This award recognizes projects in rural parts of the state that were sensitive to manmade and natural resources that occur along their routes and/or played a major role in assisting local communities in achieving their economic development objectives. Projects in this category include those ascribed to a rural area and/or rural characteristic in the functional classification. 
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Encouraged Public Participation
    • Facilitated Economic Development
    • Evidenced Coordinated Planning with Local Interests
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    9. Design-Build
    This award recognizes the important contributions of the design build process to improve cost effectiveness, to shorten the design construction time frame and to improve innovation of design during construction.  The nomination should be the final design team.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Reduce Cost of Design and Construction
    • Successfully Reduce the Time for Design and Construction
    • Innovative Use of Design with Construction
    • Significant Reduction in Negative Impacts to the Public During Construction