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Pittsburgh-based firms honored by state engineering council

Jeff Himler
| Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 11:48 p.m.
Pittsburgh's Michael Baker International has been recognized for its work on the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project, which resulted in this western view from Wylie Avenue.
Michael Baker International
Pittsburgh's Michael Baker International has been recognized for its work on the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project, which resulted in this western view from Wylie Avenue.

Three engineering firms with headquarters in the Pittsburgh area were recognized for their work on recent projects at the annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence gala Thursday in Lancaster.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania presented Pittsburgh-based Michael Baker International with:

• The Award for Waste and Stormwater, for its work with the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County on the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project. Emphasizing sustainability, the project design included 128 tree wells to collect rain water, efficient LED street lights and thousands of square feet for residential and commercial space.

• The Award for Building/Technology Systems, for its work on the King Khalid Air Base project with the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia. The outdated base was upgraded to create a safe and livable setting. The new King Khalid Training Center includes facilities for maintenance training, dining and administration, along with an athletic track and field, a student center and dormitories.

• The Award for Small Projects, for its work on the 202 Parkway Connector Trail in Doylestown Township. This project included the addition of one mile of paved path and updated safety features, such as high-visibility crosswalks.

Michael Baker's work on the Lower Hill infrastructure project received the Sustainable Project of the Year Award from the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania in 2017.

The project is adding streets in an area that was cleared in the 1950s for construction of the Civic Arena and is meant to pave the way for new residential and commercial development while linking the Hill District to downtown Pittsburgh.

Other Diamond Awards included:

• The Award for Environmental Projects, presented to Skelly and Loy Inc. of Harmar for its work with the York County Department of Parks and Recreation on the Nixon Park Wetland and Stream Mitigation project. The design featured grass trails, a boardwalk, outdoor teaching areas and observation points.

• The Award for Transportation, presented to STV of Pittsburgh for its work with PennDOT on the Betsy Ross Interchange Reconstruction project along Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. STV reworked roadways to improve efficiency and integrated technology into the roads to provide drivers with the latest traffic and emergency information.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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