The five projects received National Awards of Merit from DBIA and will now compete for the Project of the Year honor, to be announced at DBIA’s annual meeting on November 9 in Philadelphia.
“This year’s DBIA Award winners are truly the best of the best. Design-build projects like this year’s winners will not only improve the lives of millions of Americans, they also provide innovation, time and cost savings at the same time,” said Lisa Washington, executive director and chief executive officer of DBIA, in announcing the Project of the Year awards.
The WSP projects honored by DBIA include:
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis.
The University utilized a design-build approach to bring the best integrated design and construction experience to the project, which allowed UC Davis to achieve a number of far-reaching goals for programmatic needs, cost, schedule and design excellence.
The museum integrates the indoors and outdoors, with a 50,000-square-foot grand canopy extending over both the site and the building. WSP provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering; commissioning; technology systems design; and high performance building design on the project.
Zurich North America Headquarters, Schaumburg, Illinois
The Zurich North American Headquarters focused on a design-build approach that aligns with Zurich’s commitment to building sustainable communities focused on energy and operational efficiency. Composed with three primary offset stacked “bars”, the arrangement creates unique space for collaboration, open views of the surrounding landscape optimizes solar orientation and provides flexibility not found in typical center-core office buildings. The top “bar” of the complex soars 11 stories and cantilevers toward downtown Chicago, providing visual identity along the interstate. WSP (formerly Halvorson and Partners) provided structural engineering on the project.
Rehabilitation of Four Bridges, Route 8, Bridgeport, Connecticut
The Rehabilitation of Four Bridges on Route 8 in Bridgeport, CT was the first design-build project for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The design-build team of Manafort Brothers Inc. and WSP worked closely with CTDOT to successfully complete this complex $34.7 million project on time and within budget in 15 months. Using an accelerated bridge construction (ABC) method, the team rehabilitated four bridges and reduced construction from two full construction seasons to just 24 days. This project is hailed as a testament of both design-build and ABC.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) needed to rapidly replace two Interstate bridges over the Trinity River in downtown Dallas and ease traffic congestion, while keeping half a million vehicles daily moving. A design build team of Pegasus Link Constructors and WSP/AECOM deployed a complex plan to maintain traffic flow, while building most new work away from vehicles. The team used concrete spliced girders to span the river, protected and kept major utilities in service and eliminated left exits and other complicated movements to streamline traffic flow.
Elizabeth River Tunnels
The Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, a $2.1 billion, 6-year, public-private partnership design-build project in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, has been completed one year ahead of schedule. It has reduced traffic congestion with two new additional lanes in the new Midtown Tunnel; provided route options by interconnecting the tunnels via the MLK Expressway; and provides safety improvements by installing lighting and fire protection enhancements in the existing Downtown Tunnels and the original Midtown Tunnel. The design-build project delivery method added the cost and schedule certainty necessary for financing of the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project to be procured by Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, thus allowing the project to proceed. The project team included the SKW Constructors joint venture (Skanska USA Civil Southeast-Kiewit Construction-Weeks Marine) as design-builder and WSP as engineer.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by DBIA for these five outstanding design-build projects,” said Bernard McNeilly, chief operating officer of WSP’s infrastructure and transportation business. “It demonstrates WSP’s outstanding design-build capabilities and shows that we are becoming the designer of choice when it comes to complex projects being delivered via design-build.”
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