STV of New York City has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 52nd annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for the World Trade Center Cortlandt Subway Station Reconstruction project in Manhattan.
Located at the heart of the World Trade Center complex, the 35,000-square foot station was built using an innovative top-down construction method employing an intricate underpinning system that preserved subway service throughout construction. Unlike most New York City subway stations, there are no vertical columns between the 700-foot long platforms, providing an unobstructed view to the WTC Transportation Hub.
The station also features a striking monochromatic white marble mosaic made up of text from the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights that pays homage to the sanctity of the site. The interior is also air-tempered for year-round comfort, and equipped with a state-of-the-art security, communications and life-safety system.
The project is among 196 engineering achievements from throughout the nation and the world being recognized by ACEC as the year’s finest examples of engineering excellence, and eligible for additional top national honors. Judging for the awards program—known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”– took place in February, conducted by a national 30-member panel of built environment leaders, along with experts from government, the media and academia. Award criteria focuses on uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, and generating excitement for the engineering profession.
Recognition of all award winners including top commendations—20 Honor Awards, 16 Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement—will take place at the annual EEA Dinner and Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,200 independent engineering firms and more than 600,000 professionals throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 52 state and regional organizations.