Projects in Alcoa and Maryville compete for statewide Engineering Excellence Awards

Projects completed in Alcoa and Maryville are competing for honors in the statewide 2011 Engineering Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC of Tennessee). Project entry, Bessemer Street / US 129 Bypass, was completed for the City of Alcoa and the Tennessee Department of Transportation by engineering firm, Gresham Smith and Partners. Project entry, The Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, was completed by engineering firm Ross Bryan Associates, Inc. for McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects.

These two projects and 22 other entries are vying for the competition’s overall top prize, The Grand Iris Award. In addition, a Grand Award will be presented in each entry category. An independent panel of judges reviews all the entries and determines the winners. The winners will be announced on the evening of March 8 during an awards banquet in Nashville.

“The goal of this competition is to celebrate the engineering profession, honor the accomplishments of Tennessee engineering firms, and spotlight the important contributions that engineers make to Tennessee communities and businesses,” said Steven Field, PE, chair of the awards program and principal at Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Brentwood. Greg Brubaker, PE, K.S. Ware & Associates, Nashville, is the awards program co-chair.

Founded in 1968, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC of Tennessee) is a statewide organization of more than 100 engineering firms. ACEC of Tennessee has chapters in East Tennessee, Southeast Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis. The organization works to improve business practices of engineering firms and to enhance public awareness and understanding of the value of engineering services.

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