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Engineering association names award winners

March 15, 2018
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FTCH celebrates the LEED EB certification of its headquarters in Grand Rapids. Photo via

A number of engineering firms and projects with West Michigan ties were recently honored at an awards ceremony downtown.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, or ACEC/Michigan, hosted its annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards last week at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

The ACEC/Michigan is an association of consulting engineering firms representing every engineering discipline, including civil, structural, environmental, mechanical, electrical and geotechnical, as well as surveyors and architects.

The association’s awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of engineering firms to solve clients’ needs through noteworthy projects and offers the opportunity to showcase the year’s best engineering and surveying achievements to an audience of peers, clients and decision-makers.

ACEC/Michigan’s highest honor, the 2018 Firm of the Year, was awarded to Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, or FTCH, out of Grand Rapids.

“FTCH employees are heavily involved in the community through the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA and Salvation Army, among others,” ACEC/Michigan said.

FTCH also won a Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award for its work on the City of Wyoming Second Intake Survey, as well as a couple other awards, which are noted below.

Okemos-based HNTB Michigan, which has a Grand Rapids office, was awarded the Engineering Eminent Conceptor Award for the US-23 Flex Route, M-14 to M-36 project in Ann Arbor, Michigan’s first active traffic management, or ATM, project. HNTB Michigan was the prime consultant and lead design firm for the planning, design and system management of the intelligent transportation system, or ITS.

Manistee-based Spicer Group, which has a Grand Rapids office, was given the Board Design Award for the 6th Avenue Pump Station and Riverbank Sewer project in Manistee.

The ACEC/Michigan Felix A. Anderson Image Award was presented to Thomas Doran, PE, FESD of Hubbell, Roth and Clark, which has a Grand Rapids office, for his contributions to enhance the image of the profession.

Other awards were presented to several firms or projects connected to West Michigan:

Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award

  • HDR (Ann Arbor) for its work on the Holland Energy Park
  • Wade Trim (Detroit, with a Grand Rapids office) for its work on the Great Lakes Water Authority Biosolids Dryer Facility in Detroit
  • FTCH (Grand Rapids) for its work on the St. Louis Water Supply Replacement
  • Alfred Benesch and Company (East Lansing) for its work on the I-96 and Cascade Road Diverging Diamond Interchange in Grand Rapids

Engineering Merit Award

  • Progressive AE (Grand Rapids) for its work on The Rapid CNG Fueling Station in Grand Rapids
  • Hubbell, Roth and Clark (Bloomfield Hills, with a Grand Rapids office) for its work on the Engineering Our Environment project for Clinton and Harrison townships
  • Wade Trim (Flint, with a Grand Rapids office) for its work with the Karegnondi Water Authority on its Water Supply Program Management in Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac counties
  • FTCH (Grand Rapids) for its work on the Marquette Municipal Service Center
  • SmithGroupJJR (Detroit) for its work on the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center
  • NTH Consultants (Northville, with a Grand Rapids office) for its work on the NESPS Discharge Chamber and NI-EA Emergency Rehabilitation in Detroit
  • AECOM (Grand Rapids) for its work on the St. Mary’s River Little Rapids Habitat Restoration Design-Build project in Sault Ste. Marie
  • NTH Consultants (Northville, with a Grand Rapids office) for its work on successfully re-purposing a former urban industrial site in Pontiac

Surveying Merit Award

  • Abonmarche Consultants (Benton Harbor) for its work on the Portage Local Streets Drone Survey project

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