May 04, 2017
Local ACEC Chapter Honored Michael Baker for Innovation on Three Projects
Several Michael Baker project teams recently were recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW) for their innovative work on three regional engineering projects that showcased how the firm makes a difference in the community. The firm was awarded the Grand Award in the non-design category, as well as three Honor awards.
Each year ACEC/MW recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value and ingenuity during the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program. Regional firms enter projects for consideration from judges, who critique and rate firm submissions based on originality/innovative application of new or existing techniques; future value to the engineering profession and perception of the public; social/economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and exceeding owner’s/client’s needs.
The Michael Baker team was recognized with a Grand Award in the non-design category for their engineering work on the Sustainability Outreach, Camp Lejeune project and with three Honor Awards for the Chesapeake Bay Water Compliance Support, Port Penn Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study and Sustainability Outreach, Camp Lejeune projects.
The Michael Baker team was honored with other local firms and projects during the ACEC/MW Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony and dinner on April 26 in Vienna, Va. Accepting the awards for Michael Baker were team members Elizabeth Krousel, Mark Osler, Andrea Ryon, and Paul Slonac and clients, John Gysling (New Castle County Delaware) and Alicia Filzen (Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune).
Sustainability Outreach, Camp Lejeune (Grand Award, Non-Design Category; Honor Award)
: The Michael Baker team partnered with the Environmental Management Division (EMD) of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to help develop and implement activities that will protect the resources of the camp’s 156,000 acres. Michael Baker developed flyers, brochures, and training manuals, and used social media as well as traditional print and online media to spotlight upcoming base activities and report on the program’s successes. The team also developed guidance on environmental standards, instructing construction workers and other tradespeople involved with base projects about the requirements and practices that must be followed to comply with Camp Lejeune’s environmental stewardship mission. Michael Baker and EMD’s goal was to engage with the community and establish positive environmental habits among members.
Chesapeake Bay Water Compliance Support (Honor Award)
: Michael Baker partnered with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic to identify stormwater best management practices to help improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay – the largest estuary in the United States. The team developed a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) action plan to comply with complex environmental regulations that required the reduction of pollutants for eight naval installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Michael Baker also developed an innovative Stormwater Best Management Practices database tool to track stormwater solutions for each location. Tools developed for the project decreased time, effort and costs for the client.
Port Penn Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study (Honor Award):
Michael Baker was selected by New Castle County in Port Penn, Delaware to lead a sea level rise vulnerability assessment and identify cost-effective mitigation solutions for the town, which was susceptible to coastal flooding. The team conducted a coastal flood risk and vulnerability assessment and community engagement to develop mitigation strategies and associated cost estimates for the town and property owners. The result saved time and money for the client and allowed more funds to be used on building flood resiliency in the community.