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MJ Receives Two ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

McFarland Johnson is excited to announce our recent selection for two 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York. In the Transportation category, the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Runway 24 Extension received a Platinum Award, and the NYS Route 17, Parksville project received a Diamond Award.

Elmira Corning Regional Airport - Platinum Award

Elmira Corning Runway 24 Extension ACEC Award PosterIn order to accommodate emerging trends in the airline industry and enhance airline service in the Region, this runway extension was identified as a critical need for Elmira Corning Regional Airport. Ability to extend the runway was constrained by the presence of I-86 at one end, and Sing Sing Creek, on the other end. The public and the regulatory agencies had expressed opposition to the project based upon potential impacts to the creek. Through a comprehensive public participation program, carefully crafted to solicit meaningful public input, the initial opposition to the project turned into full-fledged support. The input received weighed heavily in arriving at the preferred alternative. Ultimately, to facilitate the needed runway extension while minimizing environmental impacts, an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) was used, an innovative application for such a system.

NYS Route 17, Parksville - Diamond Award

Elmira Corning Runway 24 Extension ACEC Award Poster

This 4.6 km realignment of Route 17 eliminated at-grade intersections, u-turns, and driveways to provide full access control on a bypass alignment. The project traverses an area of steep grades and is located in the environmentally-sensitive “Beamoc” watershed. Home to renowned trout fly fishing, this watershed is of historic, recreational and economic importance to the area. To minimize and mitigate watershed impacts from this important safety enhancement project, a number of innovative techniques during and post-construction were utilized. The project was designed to minimize thermal impacts on the cold water fishery and included construction of a viaduct section to span the most sensitive wetland areas. The project featured "Low Impact Development" stormwater management techniques, wetland creation, and a water quality monitoring program. As part of H.W. Lochner’s team, McFarland Johnson was responsible for environmental analyses and permitting, stormwater management, bridge design, and environmental mitigation.

Awards will be presented at the annual ACEC NY Engineering Excellence Award Gala held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on April 6th. ACEC New York is the State's premier organization for consulting engineering firms, representing 280 companies and more than 20,000 employees in NY. The organization's mission is to further the business interests of its members through advocacy, networking, education and business services. McFarland Johnson is proud to be recognized by this well-respected organization for our accomplishments in the engineering field.

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