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ACEC-RI Celebrates Excellence in Engineering

| June 18, 2019

ACEC-RI board members

Cranston, RI – ACEC-RI announced the recipients of the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards, recognizing engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of merit and ingenuity and contribute to the infrastructure of Rhode Island and the surrounding communities.

The following awards were presented by Executive Director Marcel Valois at the ACEC-RI annual meeting:

  • The first place Gold Anchor Award for a Project with Construction Costs of More than $10M  – Gordon R. Archibald, Inc. for the Apponaug Bypass in Warwick on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Contractor – Cardi Corporation; geotechnical engineering – Paul B. Aldinger & Associates.
  • The first place Gold Anchor Award for a Project with Construction Costs of Less than $10M  – Fuss & O’Neill for the Bradford Dam Removal and Rock Ramp Fishway Passage in Westerly and Hopkinton on behalf of the Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island.
  • The second place Blue Ribbon Hope Award for a Project with Construction Costs of More than $10M – DiPrete Engineering, with BETA Group, Inc. and Pare Corporation, for the Citizens Bank Corporate Campus in Johnston.  Architect – Elkus Manfredi; construction manager – Dimeo Construction Company. Construction was completed by DiGregorio Corporation, and GZA supported the project.
  • The second place Blue Ribbon Hope Award for a Project with Construction Costs of Less than $10M  – Pare Corporation for the Providence Police Department Firing Range Lead Remediation and Facility Upgrades in Scituate on behalf of the Providence Water Supply Board.  Construction Manager – Dimeo Construction; contractor – Manafort Brothers and ACEC-RI member firms DiPrete Engineering and PRIME AE Group supported the project.
  • The third place Gold Star Award for Outstanding Professional Design Excellence for a Project with Construction Costs of More than $10 Million was presented to VHB for the Engineering Research Center for Brown University. Project architect -KieranTimberlake; construction manager – Shawmut Design.
  • The third place Gold Star Award for Outstanding Professional Design Excellence for a Project with Construction Costs of Less than $10 Million was presented to Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. for the Padanaram Causeway Rehabilitation Project on behalf of the town of Dartmouth, Mass. Geotechnical engineering – GZA.

The Awards Luncheon was held on June 4 at the O’Club, the Officers Club at the Newport Naval Station.  The keynote speaker was Linda Bauer Darr, president and CEO of ACEC.

The meeting also included the election of new officers and directors for the coming year.

  • Marcel A. Valois, executive director (ACEC-RI)
  • Joseph D’Alesio, P.E., president (BETA Group Inc.)
  • Kenneth DeCosta, P.E., national director (Pare Corporation)
  • Brendan Ennis, P.E. (CDM-SMITH)
  • Walter Heller, P.E.  (Stantec)
  • Jeff Lewis, P.E., secretary (Garofalo & Associates)
  • Thomas Pechillo, P.E. (BL Companies)
  • Louis Ragozzino, P.E. (Wright-Pierce)
  • Todd Ravenelle, P.E., treasurer (Gordon R. Archibald, Inc.)
  • John Shevlin, P.E., honorary past president (Pare Corporation)
  • Robert Smith, P.E. (McMahon Associates)
  • Patty Steere, P.E., vice president (Steere Engineering, Inc.)
  • Joseph Wanat, P.E., PTOE (VHB)
  • Robert Wright, P.E. (AECOM)

ACEC-RI, established in 2016, is a member organization of the national American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 600,000 engineers, architects, land surveyors and other specialists as the voice of the engineering industry through government advocacy, political action, and business education.

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