Michael Baker’s Columbia, S.C., Office Earns Recognition from Local ACEC Chapter

February 16, 2017

Firm Recognized for its Innovative Work on Two South Carolina Engineering Projects

The Michael Baker International team in Columbia, S.C., was recently recognized by the South Carolina chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for its innovative work on two local engineering projects that showcased how the firm makes a difference in the community.
For 31 years, ACEC-SC has honored engineering firms throughout South Carolina for their outstanding projects and accomplishments during the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program. Judges critiqued and rated firm submissions on the basis of uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget.

The Michael Baker Surface Transportation and Highway and Bridge groups were presented with Engineering Excellence Awards for their engineering work on the Waterfront/Little Creek Road Paving Project and the Interstate 20 (I-20) Sound Barrier Wall Project.
Photo-5-Completed-Roadway.jpgThe Waterfront/Little Creek Road Paving Project: Michael Baker provided engineering services to Kershaw County to pave the Waterfront/Little Creek Road, after an outpouring of safety concerns. The roadway, which leads to Lake Wateree, had a high accident rate and was experiencing water overtopping during major rain events. The project included paving of nearly 4,350 linear feet of unpaved road, replacing an existing undersized 48-inch corrugated metal pipe with a double 8-foot-by-8-foot box culvert, installing guardrail and acquiring easement for 17 parcels. The Michael Baker team provided drainage analysis and design, roadway design, structure design, easement acquisition, environmental permitting, bidding assistance and construction administration.

The I-20 Sound Photo-5-Completed-Sound-Barrier-on-Existing-Terrain-(1).jpgBarrier Wall Project: Michael Baker partnered with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to provide engineering services for more than 32,400 linear feet of sound barrier walls along I-20 in Richland County. The team performed a detailed sound impact analysis to determine locations where the sound barrier wall was necessary based on the updated requirements from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Once wall locations were finalized, the Michael Baker team completed the barrier and foundation designs, taking into account the areas where the wall was immediately adjacent to the interstate and ensuring that there would be adequate drainage to protect the clear zone. The team worked with SCDOT on an aggressive schedule, and the project was completed in three months.

The Michael Baker team was honored with other local firms and projects during the ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony on February 7. Accepting the awards for Michael Baker were Maddy Barbian, Amanda Deaton, Reneé Tison, Randy Patrick and John Walsh.