Olsson Associates


Twelve Olsson Associates projects recognized by ACEC

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Alicia Krieger, Communications

Each year, many Olsson projects are submitted to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for award consideration. This year, 12 Olsson projects received awards.

Kansas State University Chilled Water Expansion  
Manhattan, Kansas                                      
ACEC of Kansas Engineering Excellence Award
Category: Energy

After adding several new buildings to KSU’s campus, the existing chilled water supply was no longer able to support the entire campus for 
air conditioning needs. This project added a new chilled water loop to the campus underneath the sidewalks and streets, which minimized impacts to landscaping. Olsson and KSU used this project as an opportunity to replace old concrete and convert streets to pedestrian friendly malls and sidewalks. This project enhanced the aesthetics of the campus and contributed to KSU’s Vision 2025 plan by converting two streets to pedestrian malls with specialty street lighting and landscaping.

Oklahoma City Zoo Parking Lot Improvements
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
ACEC of Oklahoma Finalist Award
Category: Special Projects

The Oklahoma City Zoo parking lot was in need a better functionality and general improvements. Olsson provided the preliminary engineering, design, construction documents, and construction administration services. Existing parking lot aisles were reconfigured, right-in and right-out entry/exit along Remington Place was added, Remington Place was widened to accommodate an eastbound right turn lane, bus passenger drop-offs and pick-ups were relocated from the front zoo entrance to the west zoo entrance, a secondary entrance pavilion added, along with pedestrian facility improvements at the main parking lot and overflow parking lot at Remington Park, lighting, and landscape improvements.

Upper Snake River Watershed Study
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services

The Snake River runs through some of the most iconic landscapes of the American west. As the central part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the 2,771-square mile upper Snake River watershed is  home to the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states. To help address the issues that arise from the increased pressure on the natural resources, the Teton Conservation District requested a Level I watershed study be completed. Olsson's Level I study provided an evaluation of the area by assessing the current condition of the Upper Snake River system and identifying opportunities for water improvement projects to restore, maintain, and enhance healthy watershed function.

The Management Action Opportunity Toolbox Lower Republican NRD
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services

Olsson developed a software program for the Lower Republican Natural Resources District (NRD) to analyze potential water management decisions in the Republican River Basin. Because this river basin provides water to southeast Nebraska and is shared with northern Kansas, the NRD must closely monitor its water usage. The Management Action Opportunity Toolbox takes the inefficient, traditional process of evaluating the effect of management decisions and automates it, making it fast and simple for the Lower Republican NRD to thoroughly consider its options and arrive at the most beneficial outcomes.

Fairbury Water System Study
Fairbury, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services

Olsson performed a water system review and provided improvement recommendations to Fairbury. Because of the water system’s age, there was little information to begin the information gathering process regarding certain portions of the existing system. Olsson used information from a previous groundwater protection study that provided a roadmap for the nitrate water treatment and incorporated the remainder of the water supply, storage, transmission, and distribution systems into the study. Ultimately, Olsson recommended replacing the existing transmission mains which would optimize the water treatment facility. Improvements would include an increase of 150 to 250 gallons per minute without adding supply, developing another well, making associated system improvements, improving the control and chemical feed, and/or considering nitrate water treatment.

Omaha Sign Management InventoryOmaha, NebraskaACEC of Nebraska Merit AwardCategory: Surveying and Mapping Technology

The need  for completing the City of Omaha’s street sign GIS database was identified in a safety study that highlighted nighttime crashes as being overrepresented. The study cited sign visibility improvement as a way to mitigate the problem. Replacing old signs with current retro-reflectivity standards improves visibility and brings the city in compliance with the 2009 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Completing the database of signs, which included installation dates, gives the city a platform from which they can now effectively schedule old signs to be replaced. Olsson worked directly with the city staff to communicate progress and recommend improvements to workflow. Olsson’s GIS technicians and engineers reviewed each sign to verify accuracy of the data, while developing innovative methods to automate and streamline review.

Utica Water System Improvements
Utica, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Water and Wastewater

Olsson assisted the Village of Utica in evaluating their existing water system, and to design a replacement well for their existing well with a failed screen. As part of the water system study recommendations, the village decided to begin the design process for two water main replacement projects. The replacement design involved installing a submersible well and pitless unit, piping and control modifications inside an existing well house, and coordinating with the existing emergency generator. Additionally, two phases of water main replacement, including approximately 26 blocks of water main, valve, and fire hydrant replacement, were constructed.

Kramper Lake 
Hubbard, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Water Resources

Because the Pigeon/Jones Creek Levee System’s capacity to hold and control sedimentation and uncontrolled stormwater runoff was at a maximum, it was decided that a lake would be the perfect opportunity to not only fix the problem but create a recreational attraction to bring people from the area to this community. Olsson provided technical, environmental, and economic feasibility investigations for the entire project, including the dam, new roadways, utilities, in-lake fishery enhancements, and recreation area improvements. Olsson also completed the final design and provided construction observation services for Kramper Lake and the entire area surrounding the lake.

Ash Hollow Dry Dam
Waverly, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Water Resources

A revised floodplain map in 2008 added numerous residential and business properties to the floodplain in Waverly. The risks of flooding, property damage, and safety prompted the city and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District to create a plan to protect these residents from flood damages and the costly requirement of flood insurance. Olsson completed the feasibility study, preliminary design, final design, construction documents, permitting, geotechnical evaluation, and construction services.

Northwest 48th Street Improvements
Lincoln, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Transportation

Northwest 48th Street, which had been a two-lane roadway, was resurfaced as a four lane, divided road between West Vine Street and West Adams Street (an additional lane was included south of West Holdrege Street, giving that portion of the project a six-lane section). Improvements included adding a traffic signal at West Adams Street, adding sidewalks along the entire project, and improving drainage near the Northwest 48th Street and West Adams Street intersection. Olsson performed multiple services for this project including project management, design, public involvement, and roadway alignment alternative analysis.

108th and Charles Emergency Repairs
Omaha, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Small Projects

The Omaha metro area received a significant storm event that impacted an already saturated section of 108th and Charles Street. This resulted in the adjacent roadway embankment caving in and creating a 30-foot drop mere feet from the edge of the traffic lane. Olsson was called to develop a short-term improvement plan to stabilize the embankment and potentially reopen the roadway to traffic. Approximately 600 cubic yards of soil and broken concrete were brought in to stabilize the roadway embankment. Improvements included a larger broken back pipe, adjacent and upstream storm improved inlets, and new curbs and gutters to redirect flows through the system rather than over the embankment.

Sandy Pointe Bridge
Ashland, Nebraska
ACEC of Nebraska Merit Award
Category: Small Projects

An abandoned sand pit in Ashland, became the ideal location for a new, single family residential development. The developer envisioned a large island surrounded by a natural lake; requiring a bridge for roadway access. Through extensive coordination with Hawkins Construction and regional material suppliers, a design was achieved to meet the desires of all project stakeholders. By using an innovative foundation system in combination with precast concrete elements, the aggressive construction schedule was met while still providing a cost effective and aesthetic icon for the community.

Water Master Plan Update
Fayetteville, AR
ACEC of Arkansas Honor Award

The dynamic growth faced by the City of Fayetteville has created infrastructure challenges that the city called upon McGoodwin, Williams and Yates (MWY) to help resolve. In this instance, the city relied on MWY to create a comprehensive Master Plan Study that would do more than simply run the numbers. Working closely together, MWY and city employees developed a master plan with three design horizons that supports the city’s goals to accommodate unprecedented growth in a sustainable manner – not an easy task when face with a 130 percent increase in service population within the next 20 years. Olsson acquired MWY in January. MWY is now “McGoodwin Williams & Yates, a division of Olsson Associates” for a six-month transition period. It will take on the Olsson Associates name on July 1, 2018.


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