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MJ Receives ACEC Engineering Excellence Award

Rick Lucas, Airport PlannerMcFarland Johnson recently received an Engineering Excellence award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) NY Chapter for the Sustainable Master Plan for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The project received a “Gold Award” for Excellence in Engineering in the Category of Studies Research and Consulting. Rick Lucas, Deputy Project Manager, accepted the award in New York City at the awards dinner held at the Waldorf Astoria on March 24. The project was managed out of McFarland Johnson’s Binghamton, New York office by Vice President Chad Nixon.

The project was one of the first sustainable master plans in the Northeast and the first of its kind for a large airport in New York. Unique aspects of the project involved incorporating sustainable elements, integrating environmental processes, and extensive public outreach both with stakeholders and a local college. The overall development plan for the airport includes the construction of new taxiways, an expanded baggage claim area in the terminal, a new 4,000 space parking garage and an improved airport access and circulation roadway system. Each of the recommendations identify potential sustainable applications that are both practical and achievable in today’s cost-sensitive operating environment.

ACEC New York is the State's premier organization for consulting engineering firms, representing 280 companies and more than 20,000 employees in New York. The organization's mission is to further the business interests of its members through advocacy, networking, education and business services.

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