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WSP Receives Platinum and Gold Awards at ACEC NY Annual Gala

WSP USA Corp. received two Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York Annual Awards Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Projects are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society.


WSP received a Platinum Award, Structural Systems for the Hollis E. Jennings Bridge Replacement, Padelford Street over Route 24 at Interchange 11, Berkley, MA

Padelford Street is a two-lane urban minor arterial with an approximate average daily traffic (ADT) of 6,500 vehicles/day. Route 24 is a limited access highway with an approximate ADT of 62,000 vehicles/day. Based on the public involvement process, MassDOT altered their original scope of work which called for conventional staged construction (which could extend to two years) using the design-bid-build process. The Town had significant concerns regarding the project’s possible impact to school bus routes. Therefore, MassDOT implemented an accelerated construction schedule and limited closure of the bridge to a 6-week schedule, which also altered the proposed project delivery method to a $5.5M design-build project which used numerous Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Techniques. WSP was the lead designer responsible for all elements of the design including the bridge design, erection plans and construction support.

This project will also be recognized on April 22 as the Project of the Year Award in the Category of Infrastructure less than $10M from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) – New England.

A time lapse video of the bridge replacement was developed by the contractor, MAS Building and Bridge.

WSP received a Gold Award, Structural Systems for the Sprain Brook Parkway Bridges over NYS Route 119, Greenburgh, NY. This $21.3 million design-bid-build project involved the replacement of two bridges that carry the Sprain Brook Parkway (NB & SB) over NYS Route 119, in Westchester County, NY.

The Sprain Brook Parkway is a 12.6 mile long north-south parkway located in Westchester County, New York. It serves as a major commuter route connecting the Bronx River Parkway in the City of Yonkers to the south and merging with the Taconic State Parkway to the north. It carries only cars and busses (AADT > 110,000); trucks and other commercial vehicles are prohibited. Due to the fact that the Sprain Brook Parkway is a major north-south commuter route with high traffic volumes, NYSDOT mandated that a high level of traffic capacity be maintained during construction with minimal delay. Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Techniques were utilized to reduce the overall construction duration and maintain a high level of traffic capacity during construction with minimal delay. To satisfy these stringent project requirements the construction of the bridge had to be accomplished in multiple stages. This included significant pre-stage construction work under the existing bridge. The accelerated construction staging allowed the contractor to condense the schedule from a 3-year project to under 2-years.