Four projects receive ACEC 2024 State Chapter Engineering Excellence Awards

20 November 2023
Aerial iew of Acrisure Arena from beyond an intengrated golf course and water features.


Every year, engineering firms submit their projects to the appropriate state chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies to showcase innovation, creative problem-solving, and engineering’s unique ability to improve our world. We are pleased to announce that this year, four of our projects were honored with a state award in their respective chapters.


Acrisure Arena is a 10,000-seat, multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue located in Coachella Valley, California. The arena is home to the American Hockey League Coachella Valley Firebirds. This sophisticated and flexible show rigging grid has a greater capacity than many of the venues in much larger markets, making it an ideal location for launching West Coast tours. The arena has received rave reviews from the public, players, and the numerous music industry stars who have played in sold-out concerts. Acrisure Arena has firmly established itself as an entertainment asset in Coachella Valley.

Aerial iew of Acrisure Arena from beyond an intengrated golf course and water features.
Acrisure Arena


Kinder Land Bridge at Memorial Park

Nestled in the heart of Houston’s enormous Memorial Park, Kinder Land Bridge spans over Memorial Drive, a winding six-lane throughway that had been the park’s most divisive and dangerous feature for 70 years. The land bridge, which is composed of two pairs of cylindrical tunnels—the west pair is 571 feet long and the east pair is 417 feet long—overtopped with soil fill, enabled a transformative project of almost 100 acres that reunited the long-separated sides of the park, providing a safe crossing for both people and animals. The project provides enhanced recreation opportunities for park users as well as a brilliant new skyline viewing spot.

Aerial view photo of the Kinder Land Bridge at sunset.
Kinder Land Bridge

Steelhouse Omaha

A live music venue managed by Omaha Performing Arts, Steelhouse is a new facility designed to host high-quality performances and entertainment. The design team drew inspiration from Omaha’s industrial roots which is reflected in the venue’s aesthetic. One of the standout features of Steelhouse Omaha is its main performance space, which can accommodate up to 3,000 guests. This versatile area offers a range of seating and standing options with an emphasis on acoustics, ensuring an unforgettable experience for the community and its patrons.

Standing and looking at the front of the Steelhouse Omaha building.
Steelhouse Omaha


Wonder Tower at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 

Embarking on a mission to enhance patient accessibility and experience, the 86-bed tower increased the capacity for imaging services, operating rooms, family amenities, as well as multiple collaboration and educational spaces. A standout feature is the enclosed 280-foot pedestrian skybridge linking the tower to the VCU Medical Center Main Hospital. This innovative addition streamlines access for patients and staff and facilitates swift emergency response. Our engineers intricately designed the bridge, navigating utility considerations and seamless integration with the existing hospital.

Below a mirrored-glass facade multi-story building adorned with artful colored vertical panels, a bustling street is lined with neatly arranged trees and decorative streetlights, creating a vibrant urban scene.
Wonder Tower

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