We are excited to announce that the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail is a State Finalist for the Georgia Engineering Excellence Award presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Georgia! The ACEC Georgia is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a national organization supporting the advancement of engineering as a business and profession in Georgia. The Engineering Excellence Awards are a design competition that recognizes engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. A gala for the state-wide winners will take place on February 15, 2014, at which time a Grand Prize winner will be announced.
AMEC, the environmental consultant and primary civil engineering firm for the Eastside Trail, submitted the project for the award. As a State Finalist, the Eastside Trail can now advance to compete for the Grand Engineering Excellence Award, a national prize. This Grand Award, presented by the ACEC, will be announced at an awards ceremony in April 2014.
The Eastside Trail is the first completed project of the Atlanta BeltLine program to repurpose and reclaim the old railroad corridor, directly connecting five neighborhoods, integrating with an existing trail network, and connecting with four parks. Its civic and economic impact has already been significant since its opening in October 2012.
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., (ABI) has another award-winner in its ranks: Lee Harrop, PE, LEED AP, Program Management Officer, was awarded 2014 Engineer of the Year in construction by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. Lee works directly with Project Managers from ABI, the City of Atlanta, and outside partners to ensure that projects are properly supported and moving forward as scheduled. His engineering expertise has helped to progress award-winning projects such as the Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park.