ACEC-RI 2020 and 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Rhode Island, a professional association representing 49 engineering firms doing business in Rhode Island, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards. Because of the pandemic, the 2020 awards presentation was postponed until the 2021 Annual Meeting, which was held on June 28th at the Hope Club.

These awards recognize engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of merit and ingenuity and contribute to the infrastructure of Rhode Island and the surrounding communities. The award titles are designed in recognition of the Rhode Island State Flag and commemorate the State’s great engineering history.

In the Construction Costs MORE than $10M Category:

• The 1st place 2021 Gold Anchor Award: VHB. for the Wood River Valley Bridge Rehabilitation Design-Build Project between Hopkinton and Richmond on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

• The 1st place 2020 Gold Anchor Award: Pare Corporation for the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol on behalf of the Rhode Island Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance.

• The 2nd place 2021 Blue Ribbon Hope Award: WSP USA, Inc. for the Newport Pell Bridge Partial Deck Replacement in Newport on behalf of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: Pare Corporation for the Kingston Campus Brookside Hall on behalf of the University of Rhode Island, Office of Capital Projects

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: WSP USA, Inc. for the Downtown Transit Connector in Providence on behalf of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

In the Construction Costs LESS than $10M Category:

• The 1st place 2021 Gold Anchor Award: Beta Group, Inc. for the East Bay Pipeline Sliplining in Bristol, Barrington and Warren on behalf of the Bristol County Water Authority.

• The 1st place 2020 Gold Anchor Award: Garofalo & Associates, Inc. for the Slatersville Stone Arch Bridge No. 273 in North Smithfield on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

• The 2nd place 2021 Blue Ribbon Hope Award: Green International Affiliates, Inc. for the Two Roundabouts at the Diamond Hill Road (Route 114) and I-295 Interchange in Cumberland on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

• The 2nd place 2020 Blue Ribbon Hope Award: Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for the Providence River Siphon 78″ Interceptor Replacement in Providence on behalf of the Narragansett Bay Commission.

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: Bryant Associates, Inc. for the Roundabout Design at the Tiverton Casino in Tiverton on behalf of the Twin River Management Group, Inc.

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: DiPrete Engineering for the Tilted Barn Brewery in Exeter on behalf of the Tilted Barn Brewery.

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: McMahon Associates for the Safe Routes to School throughout Rhode Island on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: Pare Corporation for the Larry Mouradjian Fishing Pier, located at Rocky Point State Park in Warwick on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

• The 3rd place 2021 Gold Star Award: Tighe & Bond, Inc. for the Union Street Pumping Station Creates Crucial Connection to Water Supply in Portsmouth on behalf of the Portsmouth Water and Fire District/Town of Portsmouth.

• The 3rd place 2020 Gold Star Award: GM2 Associates, Inc. for the Superstructure Replacement of Bridge No. 653, I-95 over Oxford St in Providence on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

• The 3rd place 2020 Gold Star Award: Green International Affiliates, Inc. for the Roundabout at Intersection of Routes 102 & 117 in Coventry on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

• The 3rd place 2020 Gold Star Award: VHB for the Lincoln School STEAM Hub in Providence on behalf of the Lincoln School.

The keynote speaker was Carlos C. Machado, MBA, the Rhode Island Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation. He gave an update on the federal transportation and infrastructure priorities.

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

• Dorothy S. Davison, Executive Director (ACEC-RI)
• Jeff Lewis, P.E, President (Garofalo Associates)
• Todd Ravanelle, P.E., Vice President (Gordon Archibald Associates)
• Joe Wanat, P.E., Treasurer (VHB)
• Robert Smith, P.E., Secretary (McMahon Associates)
• Kenneth DeCosta, P.E., National Director (Pare Corporation)
• Brendan Ennis, P.E. (CDM-SMITH)
• Walter Heller, P.E. (Stantec)
• Nicole Iannuzzi, P.E. (BETA Group)
• Rachel McQuillen, P.E. (CHA)
• Thomas Pechillo, P.E. (BL Companies
• Louis Ragozzino, P.E. (Wright-Pierce)
• Patty Steere, P.E., Past President (Steere Engineering, Inc.)
• 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, DC, 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.