• 2015 GPTQ Preconstruction Design Award Winners Announced

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    November 10, 2015
    ACEC Georgia and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced the winners of the annual Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Preconstruction Design Awards during the 2015 Georgia Transportation Summit earlier today. The GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards recognize engineering consultants and firms for exemplary work, innovation and ingenuity in transportation and infrastructure projects across the state of Georgia.

    “I am especially proud of the GDOT team and their accomplishments in winning these awards,” said Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, who presented the awards. “These design awards include prime examples of how partnerships and teamwork - whether within GDOT or through collaborations with the business community, coalitions and local governments - contribute to successful transportation endeavors.”

    Marietta-based Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc., took top honors as the Grand Award winner for its work on the first phase of the PATH400 project. PATH400 is a 5.2-mile walkable, bikeable greenway through the heart of Atlanta’s north side, connecting neighborhoods, office and retail locations. Effective collaboration between Livable Buckhead, PATH Foundation, the project designers and the construction team allowed for cost efficiencies and design innovations to be implemented throughout this first stage of the project.

    The Grand Award Winner was selected from nine overall category winners:

    Atkins – SR 316 from West of Collins Hill Road to Hi-Hope Road, Gwinnett County
    Category: Innovative Solutions to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products

    Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. – PATH400 – Phase 1
    Category: Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility
    GDOT’s OES Archaeology Team – The Archaeological Assessment of the Atlanta MultiModal Passenger Terminal
    Category: NEPA, Environmental Protection, Preservation, Restoration and/or Enhancement
    Atkins – Buford Highway Pedestrian Improvement Plan – Phase 1
    Category: Context Sensitive Design including Public Participation Plan
    Moreland Altobelli Associates – Salem Road over Flat Shoals Creek Bridge Replacement
    Category: Bridge and/or Structural Design

    GDOT District 5 Design – Airways Avenue at I-95 North Off and On Ramp
    Category: Traffic Safety and/or Intersection Design

    Pond & Company – Berckmans Road Widening, Re-alignment and Bridge Replacement over Rae’s Creek – Phase 1
    Category: Highway Design – Urban
    GDOT District 1 – Cleveland Bypass – Phase 2
    Category: Highway Design – Rural
    Moffatt & Nichol – Mason Empty Depot and Mason Gate
    Category: Design-Build

    GPTQ is a partnership between ACEC Georgia, GDOT and the Georgia Highway Contractors Association. Its mission is to strengthen the working relationships between the parties that are responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the state’s transportation infrastructure, which ultimately results in improved project delivery and quality for Georgia’s citizens.

    GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry recognized the Award winners during the 2015 Georgia Transportation Summit, hosted by ACEC Georgia, GDOT, Georgia Transportation Alliance and Georgia Chamber of Commerce. More than 700 industry leaders were on-hand for the annual event, now in its 21st year.
    Sasha Ugi, Director of Communications & Marketing