Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., Princeton, N.J., was honored recently by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey with the Grand Award in the 2004 Engineering Excellence Award competition. Baker received the award for its work on the Route 21 viaduct replacement project in Newark, N.J.
The structure is comprised of several, innovative design features, including special foundation treatments, stabilized earth retaining walls, and skew angle steel plate girders.
Ralph Jackson, a survey project manager with H.E. Bergeron Engineers in North Conway, N.H., received the National Society of Professional Surveyors— Excellence in Professional Journalism Award for his role as editor of The Benchmark, a monthly newsletter published by the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association.
R.A. Smith & Associates, Inc., Brookfield, Wis., was selected recently as the 2004 winner (in the small business category) of the Wisconsin Business Ethics Award. Sponsored by the Madison and Milwaukee chapters of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the award recognizes companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their management philosophies and responses to specific crises or challenges. The firm was a finalist for the award in 2003.
The International Road Federation in Washington, D.C., announced the 2004 winners of its Global Road Achievement Awards. Among the winners are Parsons International Limited (a division of Pasadena, Calif-based parsons) for the design of Doha Expressway Project in Qatar; and Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, and Macquarie Infrastructure Group, Syndey, Australia for their innovative financing of the SR 125 South Toll Road Project in San Diego.
Stephanie Muentnich, P.E., joined the Fairview Heights, Ill., office of Horner & Shifrin as an assistant transportation/civil project manager. She will assist the firm with an increased workload of projects for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Muentnich has several years of experience in highway and road planning, cost estimation, and in the design of sanitary and storm sewers, and large culvert and structure replacement projects.
Richard M. Maser, P.E., P.P., C.M.E., president and CEO of Maser Consulting P.A., in Matawan, N.J., was named chair of the Streets and Parking Standards Committee of the New Jersey Site Improvement Advisory Board. As a member of the board for the past two years, he has approved and revised regulations that have brought more predictability to the development process in New Jersey.
Gerard F. Conklin, P.E., president and CEO of Dufresne-Henry in North Springfield, Vt., was named the 2004 Vermont Engineer of the Year for both his professional achievements and his professional and technical society activities. Conklin, who has headed the multi-disciplinary, 300-person Dufresne-Henry since 1985, received the honor from Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kansas City, Mo.-based HNTB Corporation announced its intention to acquire Orlando, Fla.-based TEI Engineers & Planners Inc., to extend the services of its transportation division. TEI co-founders David Gwynn, Jr., and AndrÃ©s NÃºÃ±ez will join HNTB as vice presidents.
Heneghan and Associates, P.C., a Jerseyville, Ill.-based engineering and surveying firm, acquired L.D. Benoy Professional Services in nearby Columbia, Ill. With the purchase, Heneghan expands its reach within Illinois and into St. Louis, where L.D. Benoy has operated an office.