ACEC/MA announces Simpson Bumpertz & Heger, Inc. as 2018 winner of Grand Conceptor Award

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger recognized for the work on BahaI Temple of South America in Santiago Chile
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NORWELL, Mass. - May 16, 2018 - PRLog -- The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. as winner of the 2018 Grand Conceptor Award for work on the BaháʹÍ Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile, project that created a temple of light for spiritual inspiration.

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.

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., with offices in Boston, was retained by Hariri Pontarini Architects to build the BaháʹÍ Temple of South America high in the foothills of the Andes Mountains outside of Santiago, Chile.  Features of the sanctuary of light and inspiration include a nine-leaf motif to celebrate the faith's spiritual beliefs and evoke oneness with nature.  Despite significant challenges, including a high-seismic zone, untested materials in thin structural applications and high-durability and reliability requirements, the Simpson Gumpertz & Heger team successfully brought the architect's vision to life; as such global visitors will gather, pray and celebrate at the BaháʹÍ Temple for many years to come.

"The awards honor this year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments in Massachusetts," said ACEC/MA President Michael J. 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

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