Gannett Fleming, Inc. and Plaza Construction are Recipients of 2018 Silver Engineering Award

The award was presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) for their work on the Springfield Railcar Assembly Facility Project.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - April 20, 2018 - PRLog -- The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Gannett Fleming, Inc.  and Plaza Construction as the winners of the 2018 Silver Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the Springfield Railcar Assembly Facility project that transformed a 40-acre brownfield into the home of a cutting-edge manufacturing facility.

The 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards were announced at the recent ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala with emcees Beth J. Larkin, PE, MBTA Assistant General Manager for Capital Delivery and Housamm ("Sam") H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, MassPort Director of Capital Programs & Environmental Affairs.

Gannett Fleming, Inc., with offices in Dedham, Newton and North Andover, was retained by Plaza Construction, LLC on behalf of CRRC MA Corporation to build the facility as its North American headquarters, where it is assembling more than 400 railcars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and serving numerous clients across the country. This project created 150 new jobs for the Springfield community and represents a $95 million foreign investment in the U.S. economy.

Among the innovative technologies used in the design and construction of the project were the use of rapid impact compaction (RIC) for in-place ground improvement, the installation of an oblique and curved 2,240-foot-long outdoor test track for completed rail cars, and the incorporation of sustainable design concepts including the use of 55-percent local building materials, use of natural light, and onsite storm water management.

The project also utilizes a "Fast-tracked, Construction Driven Design" that divided design deliverables into eight separate packages completed to support the onsite construction schedule.  Plaza, together with the Gannett Fleming led-design team, instituted a rigorous review and approval process with the client to ensure that the design met and exceeded expectations.  Monthly face-to face meetings, facilitated by Chinese translators, ensured that the design was correct, complete and held to the tight schedule.

"The awards honor this year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments in Massachusetts," said ACEC/MA President Michael Scipione, PE President and CEO of Weston & Sampson Engineering, Inc. "They are excellent examples of how engineers create projects that improve or lives and communities. Professional engineers are dedicated to providing quality infrastructure, providing safe and reliable water and energy, and making our buildings safe and energy efficient. We congratulate our winners on their exceptional achievements."


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC.  ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations. For more information on ACEC/MA, visit their website at ACEC/MA is undertaking an awareness campaign to educate the public on the many contributions engineers make (or the engineering innovations) in everyday life through their hash tag #EngineeringGoFigure. To Follow us on Twitter:  @ACECMA

About Plaza Construction
Plaza Construction is one of the nation's leading construction management and general contracting companies.  The firm has played a very relevant role in building corporate headquarters, commercial properties, healthcare centers, universities, infrastructure, transportation facilities, museums, retail spaces, hospitality, and residential buildings. Since its incorporation in 1986, the firm has grown from a regional organization to a multi-faceted, national presence in the industry with headquarters in New York and regional offices in Miami, Tampa and Washington, DC. To learn more visit:

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