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Six Olsson Associates projects recognized by ACEC

Monday, February 13, 2017

Alicia Krieger, Communications

Six projects across the firm have been recognized this year by the American Council of Engineering Companies in its state-level contests.

Battlefield Road and Route 65 Diverging Diamond 
Springfield, Missouri
ACEC/Missouri 2016 Winner: Best Use of Innovation
Category: Small Project

Olsson, hired by the Missouri Department of Transportation, provided engineering design services to convert the existing diamond interchange to a diverging diamond interchange at the Route 65 and Battlefield Road Interchange.

Along with subconsultants Hanson Professional Services and TREKK design Group, Olsson prepared right-of-way and final construction plans for the interchange. The new improvements included converting the interchange to a diverging diamond interchange; removing an existing bridge over Route 65 and constructing a new bridge; and constructing auxiliary lanes from Battlefield Road to Route D (Sunshine Street) along Route 65.


Wakefield Water System Pressure Improvements 
Wakefield, Nebraska
ACEC/Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Water and Wastewater

Initiated to provide improved water pressure to 
a developing area of the city, this project
exposed several inadequacies within Wakefield’s
water system. As such, Olsson created a plan to 
bring improvements to the water system. A new 
storage tank was placed considerably higher than 
its predecessor increasing the operating pressure
throughout the entire system rather than the small 
area initially considered. In addition,
high-service pumps at the water treatment facility 
were replaced to operate at the increased pressure, 
and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
system was replaced to improvesystem reliability and operating efficiency. Tripling the previous storage capacity and increasing pressure provides the city ample water flow for day-to-day operation, fires, and other emergencies, industrial demands, and future growth.


Crete New Sequencing Batch Reactor Wastewater Treatment Facility
Crete, Nebraska
ACEC/Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Water and Wastewater

The City of Crete had a rapidly aging wastewater 
treatment facility (WWTF) that was unable to     
meet all of its current EPA-mandated treatment 
limits. Upgrading the facility to meet regulations
and increase capacity would have been too costly.

Olsson rose to the challenge to design Crete’s new WWTF on a different site instead of committing to costly upgrades to the older facility. In the end, a treatment system was designed and constructed that meets the current needs of the city and the impending nutrient limits without requiring major upgrades in the future. 

City of Stillwater Western Road
Widening Project
Stillwater, Oklahoma
ACEC/Oklahoma Honor Award
ACEC National Recognition Award
Category: Transportation

Olsson was selected in 2014 to perform the  
engineering design and construction plans  
for the Western Road improvements from
Hall of Fame Avenue to Lakeview Road for the
City of Stillwater.
                                                                                              The project included widening an existing two-lane road to four lanes and adding signals and a two-lane roundabout. In addition to coordination with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and Oklahoma State University, the project also included a multi-use pedestrian trail, storm sewer, and utility relocations. Olsson teamed with Alta Planning + Design who provided pedestrian studies and with Keystone Engineering who provided survey and utility coordination.

May Avenue Bridge Repair 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
ACEC/Oklahoma Honor Award
ACEC National Recognition Award 
Category: Small Projects

On May 19, 2016, a 52-foot-long section of the
May Avenue Bridge collapsed after being struck
by a semi hauling a boom lift. On the day of the impact, Olsson, who holds the contract for the city’s on-call bridge inspection, moved quickly to assess the damage.

The firm provided engineering services for the emergency repair of the damaged bridge. Olsson made the initial assessment and analysis of the structure, oversaw the demolition of the damaged section, provided plans for the construction traffic control, and provided repair details for the bridge. 


 “N” Street Cycle Track
Lincoln, Nebraska
ACEC/Nebraska Honor Award
Category: Transportation

Olsson, in partnership with Alta Planning + Design adapted a design for the entire N Street corridor. The cycle track provides separation and protection from motor vehicle traffic. It also connects a section of downtown Lincoln to the city's 128-mile bike trail network.

Several different types of treatments were used to accomplish this project including pavement markings and flexible delineators, raised curbs with a patterned median, landscaped medians, and street trees, linear bioswales, and tack-on medians. Olsson was able to develop a design that modified parking stall layouts and reduced vehicular traffic lanes, reducing parking losses to less than 70 total stalls over a 1.25-mile project length.

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