In November, ACEC drove the launch of the first national Engineering & Public Works Roadshow to highlight the essentiality of engineering. Audiences for the Roadshow included policymakers, clients, and potential future engineers.
Held on Cyber Monday, the inaugural Roadshow event was organized through a partnership consisting of ACEC, the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers to shine a spotlight on the essentiality of engineering and how robust infrastructure investment can provide jobs, enhance the environment, and advance our nation’s future. The highlighted project was the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge and the Port of Long Beach.
The gleaming new six-lane, nearly two-mile-long cable-stayed bridge rises 205 feet above the port’s access channel to accommodate today’s larger cargo ships and the dramatic increase in truck traffic. Project management/construction management services for the bridge project, which received a prestigious Grand Award at the 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala last year, were provided by WSP USA. The design-build project was designed by Arup with the collaboration of ACEC member firms Biggs Cardosa Associates, BKF, Kimley-Horn, and Leighton. Parsons Transportation Group and HNTB provided preliminary engineering and design oversight services for the project.
The event featured leaders from the three-member joint Roadshow collaboration and Congressman Lou Correa, FHWA Chief Counsel Andrew Rogers, and was made even stronger with significant assistance from ACEC California Executive Director Brad Diede, ACEC California President Raul Laborin, ACEC California Past Presidents Kurt Yoshii and Miranda Patton, and WSP USA Senior Vice President Bryce Little, from the firm which was the EEA Award recipient for the project. Sincere thanks for the strong turnout by ACEC California members, all of whom were instrumental in making the event a success (see article).
This issue of Engineering Inc. also features a cover story on how engineering firm leaders can recession-proof their companies, with industry experts offering takeaways and actions firms can take to withstand economic challenges.
W. Arthur Barrett
Linda Bauer Darr
ACEC President & CEO