CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 4, 2019 – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has awarded Clark Dietz, Inc. and Hanson Professional Services Inc., an Engineering Excellence Honor Award in the Transportation category for the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) project in the City of Champaign and City of Urbana. Complete street strategies were utilized to balance pedestrian, bicyclist, transit and vehicular needs within existing public rights-of-ways. The MCORE improvements enhance safe and economical travel choices particularly for non-drivers, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and those that may be economically disadvantaged. Every trip made by bus, bike, or on foot helps to improve air quality, reduce dependency on foreign oil, and improve quality of life.
ACEC-Illinois also awarded Clark Dietz an Engineering Excellence Merit Award for Pace’s bus garage improvements & CNG fueling system project. Pace, the Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority of Chicago, launched a plan to replace their fleet of 91 diesel-powered buses with compressed natural gas (CNG), at the South Facility in Markham. The economic benefits to CNG have become clear, but the most rewarding benefit is the improved health brought to Pace employees working at this facility and Markham residents. At the 2019 ACEC Illinois Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, this project also won ACEC Illinois Judge’s Choice Award for Building/Technology Systems.
Clark Dietz received an additional ACEC Engineering Excellence Merit Award for tertiary filter upgrades at West Chicago WWTP. The tertiary filtration system improvements that replaced the antiquated equipment with advanced technology has been a great success for the City of West Chicago, IL. Since the system was designed based on preselected equipment, it saved the City $916,000 on the construction compared to budgetary estimates. Additionally, the disk filters are estimated to save approximately $1.7 million of maintenance costs over the next 20 years. Not only will these improvements minimize operation costs, but the new filters will also provide high effluent quality and help the City of West Chicago meet permit limits.
Clark Dietz, Inc. is a recognized leader in transportation, civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering with over 110 professional staff in regional offices in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin.