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COWI's Buckland & Taylor wins the Academy Award of Engineering

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​​(L-R): President/CEO of ACEC Executive Committee David A. Raymond, Charlie Gannon from Walsh Construction, Murray Johnson from Buckland & Taylor, Tom Bolte from Burgess & Niple, and Chair of ACEC Executive Committee Richard C. Wells​​​

Rec​ently, Buckland & Taylor, a COWI Company, won with the much-esteemed ACEC Honor Award.

This prestigious distinction for exceptional engineering recognized the work completed on the Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement. This highly challenging, yet impressive project managed to cut expected closing days of the bridge from a full year to only a couple of weeks. Additionally, the completed project was 20% below the initial engineers' cost estimate.

Murray Johnson, Buckland & Taylor's Vice President & Project Director, who acted as the Construction Engineering Lead on the Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement, said,

"We are ecstatic to receive the Honor Award tonight on behalf of Buckland & Taylor, Burgess & Niple, Walsh Construction, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The success of the project can be directly attributed to the innovation and daily hard work brought by each team member; in addition to the support we received working with the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We are very proud of this honor and excited to be celebrating with all of the other winners."

Awards gala in Washington, DC

The annual American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards Gala took place on April 21.
 
Murray Johnson, along with project partners Charlie Gannon from Walsh Construction (the Lead for the Design Build Team) and Tom Bolte from Burgess & Niple (the Prime Engineering Consultant) accepted the award on stage at the Gala in Washington, DC.
 
The award also recognized the Owners, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Also in attendance from Buckland & Taylor was Genaro Velez, New York Practice Lead.
 

The winning project

The Milton-Madison Bridge opened in April 2014 and currently holds the record for the longest lateral bridge slide in North America. The bridge crosses the Ohio River from Kentucky to Indiana and was replaced due to the poor structural condition and functional deficiency of the structure.
 
Working with the Owners and the rest of the Design Build team, Buckland & Taylor (as a subconsultant to Burgess & Niple) designed the new steel truss superstructure and engineered the procedures and temporary works to erect and slide the new trusses.

About the win

​After winning the Engineering Excellence Award in the National Gold Award category at the ACEC Washington awards ceremony back in January for this project, Buckland & Taylor, a COWI Company, qualified for a spot at the esteemed ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, commonly referred to as the "Academy Awards" of the engineering industry.

A panel of judges evaluate the nominated projects based on originality, complexity, and technical, economic and social value. Industry leaders, clients, members of Congress and the media all participated in this annual ceremony.

LAST UPDATED: 10.04.2017