(South Plainfield, N.J.) The American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey (ACECNJ) recognized two Gannett Fleming projects at its 46th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards banquet this spring.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) Central Services Facility received an Honor Award in the Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities – Large Project category. The new facility is a first-of-its-kind for the client and consolidated 26 facilities into one location. It features a mixed-use building with 40,000 square feet of warehouse high-bay storage; 11 working garage bays and offices for 125 employees; a 60,000-square-foot outdoor storage area; a salt shed and fueling station; 249 parking spots; and a stormwater detention basin, all on a 9.93-acre site. Gannett Fleming completed the design and construction of the building in just 17 months and saved the NJTA $4 million by value engineering a geogrid to retain soil instead of the traditional retaining walls.
The New Jersey state Route 18 Extension, Section 3A, project received a Distinguished Award in the Transportation category. The project enabled the New Jersey Department of Transportation to complete a critical Interstate 287 link that enhances safety, operations, and multimodal access for residents and businesses in Piscataway, N.J. Building upon decades of renovations to Route 18, the Section 3A project improved substandard geometry, relocated utilities out of the median, and incorporated intelligent transportation systems technology to upgrade traffic signals and reduce travel time.
“This is the third project in the Route 18 corridor in the past 25 years spearheaded by Gannett Fleming’s New Jersey operations,” said Jim Dziedziak, PE, a vice president, director of transportation for New Jersey operations, and current project manager. “These projects were won and initially managed by our current President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Nowicki. In total, these three Route 18 projects have brought in more than $62 million to our firm.”
ACECNJ’s annual competition recognizes engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity among firms throughout the state of New Jersey. Projects are judged by a panel of industry experts on a rigorous set of criteria, including innovation, complexity, and future value to the engineering profession.