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On Feb. 22, MWH global was honored amongst its peers at the annual ASCE Engineers Week Banquet at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria Inn in Sacramento, CA. Members of MWH, Placer County Water Agency, Patterson Irrigation District and Sacramento County Water Agency attended the event to accept the awards.

MWH Global is the proud recipient of three 2011 Outstanding Project of the Year Awards by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Sacramento Section. The awards recognize projects that demonstrate the greatest engineering skills and represent the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and to society.

Heavy Civil Construction Project of the Year
L.L. Anderson Dam Spillway Modification Project, Placer County Water Agency, CA
The L.L. Anderson Dam was modified to bring the dam into compliance with current standards, which mandated that its spillway must pass the recently increased probable maximum flood in order to eliminate the possibility of overtopping failure of the dam. MWH performed multidisciplinary A-E engineering and construction management services on the 231-foot-high dam, which forms the 136,000 acre-feet French Meadows Reservoir. The project design and construction overcame multiple challenges, which were used as opportunities to apply creative thinking and optimize the project design and construction.

Water Resources Project of the Year
Patterson Irrigation District (PID) Fish Screen Intake Project, Patterson Irrigation District, CA
The fish screening facility was constructed to divert anadromous fish and other species including Steelhead trout and Chinook salmon, from the district’s pumps. MWH was involved in feasibility study, preliminary design, final design, environmental and permitting and construction management. The PID spent nearly a decade on studies and other preparatory work before beginning construction. The project involved construction of a pile-supported 195 cubic feet per second pump station with a concrete-constructed frame and top deck and river side mounted fish screens. The 101-year-old district serves hundreds of farms on 13,500 acres in the Patterson area. This facility will aid the district in maintaining access to its historic water rights.

Water Treatment Project of the Year
Vineyard Surface Water Treatment Plant Project, Sacramento County Water Agency, CA
The Vineyard Surface Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is a 50 mgd expandable to 100 mgd conventional process water treatment plant. MWH provided preliminary and final design and construction management services. Consistent with the region’s heritage, the plant’s building design emulates a vineyard vernacular by incorporating Italian Tuscan-style architecture and landscape features. The plant features an administration/operations building that obtained LEED Silver Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The two-story, 35,500-foot building includes improved use of natural daylight, specification of recycled content for select building materials, use of low-VOC products, overall reduced potable water consumption and other green building principles.

Nominations were judged by a panel comprised of Award Committee of the Sacramento Section. ASCE finalists were rated on the basis of contribution to the well-being of people and communities; resourcefulness in planning and solving design challenges; pioneering in use of materials and methods; innovations in construction; impact on physical environment; and beneficial as well as adverse effects of the project, including aesthetic value.