ACEC Ohio Engineering Excellence Awards Announced

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio (ACEC Ohio) recently recognized 28 projects as part of their annual Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The award program brings well-deserved public recognition to Ohio's engineering industry by spotlighting engineering projects that demonstrate a high degree of uniqueness, ingenuity and value.

“The talent and achievements the engineering community shares at this award ceremony is truly inspiring,” stated Beth Easterday, President of ACEC Ohio. “They are building connections and enhacing communities every day.”

The highest-rated project is recognized with the ACEC Ohio Grand Award. Other entries are recognized with Outstanding Achievement Awards and Honor Awards. DGL Consulting Engineers, LLC received an outstanding achievement award for The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) project. The benefits of the DDI include reducing queuing on the mainline, improving efficiency of traffic movements through the interchange and shortening signal phasing / cycle lengths. Studies have shown that a DDI reduces crashes between 19% and 46%. There are 26 conflict points in a conventional interchange compared to only 14 in a DDI.

DGL’s Rick McGuckin, the principal in charge of the project, said “The partnership with ODOT, the City of Perrysburg, EDGE Landscape Architects and ES Wagner to transform the existing interchange at State Route 25 worked exceptionaly well. The team successfully came together to provide a product that has enhanced the safety of the traveling community.”

Companies are invited to enter their best projects, either construction designs or engineering reports and studies, in the state competition. Entries are evaluated by a panel of judges who rate each entry on the basis of its uniqueness and originality; technical value to the engineering profession; social and economic considerations; complexity; and how successfully the project met the needs, including time and budget constraints, of the client.

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ACEC Ohio, a state affiliate of the American Council of Engineering Companies, is a non-profit trade association comprised of firms that provide a wide array of engineering and other professional services for all types of construction and environmental improvement projects. ACEC Ohio member companies provide services to local, state and federal government agencies, as well as commercial and industrial clients.