American Council of Engineering Companies of New York awarded two 2018 Engineering Excellence awards to Erdman Anthony: a Platinum Award for its rehabilitation design of the Beaverkill Covered Timber Bridge in Sullivan County and a Gold Award for its replacement design of the South Cascade Drive/Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in Erie and Cattaraugus counties.
Erdman Anthony provides infrastructure engineering and support services to private industry and government clients nationally as well as locally through offices in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester.
ACEC New York Engineering Excellence awards recognize projects that encompass the public and private sectors. Categories include studies, research and consulting services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and stormwater; water resources; transportation; energy; industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities; and special projects.
The Beaverkill Covered Timber Bridge is located in the Catskills. Built in 1865 and regarded as a symbol of Sullivan County’s bucolic charm, the original one-lane timber bridge was deteriorating due to age, insect damage and wood rot.
Erdman Anthony provided preliminary and final design services for the project, prepared record plans for the existing bridge, established a Level I load rating for the structure, identified a rehabilitation alternative and assessed environmental impacts.
The South Cascade Drive/Miller Road Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek is located in the Zoar Valley, about 40 miles south of Buffalo. The project involved a replacement design and construction on a state design-build procurement.
Project work included demolition of the existing 650-foot-long bridge, a work zone traffic control/detour plan to maintain local and through traffic during construction, coordination with utility owners requiring relocation and/or preservation of existing utilities and wetland impact avoidance.
The new bridge is a three-span steel-multigirder superstructure. The selected spans are 210 feet, 250 feet and 160 feet. The center span was set to provide adequate floodway for Cattaraugus Creek. The taller of the two piers rises from its footing foundation to 164 feet, making it the tallest pier in the state.
In total, 155 projects will be honored at the 51st annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on April 7 at Hilton Midtown in New York City. The event is co-sponsored by the ACEC New York Scholarship Fund, which will award more than $50,000 to engineering students.
Over 60 member firms annually submit projects that are judged on criteria such as complexity, innovation and value to society. The projects are judged by a panel of industry experts that include military and government officials, ACEC National and International leadership, educators from college and university engineering departments and leadership from organizations dedicated to the built environment.
Awards are distributed based on the average scores received by judges, and are assigned one of four levels: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. The top-rated Diamond Award that is designed and built entirely within New York state will earn the Empire Award.
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