Smithsonian Project Receives Engineering Excellence Awards from ACEC

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Laboratory Expansion

We’re excited to share news that the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has selected one of our projects, Smithsonian Mathias Lab Expansion, to receive a 2016 National Recognition Award for their 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW) has also selected the Smithsonian Mathias Lab Expansion to receive an Honor Award for their 2015-2016 ACEC/MW Engineering Excellence Awards. Alpha Corporation had been retained by EwingCole out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to join their team to provide civil engineering design services for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). It’s also worth noting that this project garnered the 2015 Laboratory of the Year High Honors, given by R&D Magazine, Laboratory Design Newsletter and the Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association.

The SERC is dedicated to researching land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone while providing education and outreach programs to share this research with the general public. Formally known as the Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory, it’s located on the Rhode River in Edgewater, Maryland, and serves as their main facility. It is also the Smithsonian Institution’s first LEED Platinum building. The diverse environmental conditions present at this unique facility provide a living laboratory that supports ongoing and future research efforts. ACEC/MW shared that their judges felt we offered “a very nice presentation that solidly covered all aspects requested in the original Call for Entries. They were also impressed with the solutions that were reached to counter the site constraints and the numerous ways the owner/client’s expectations were obviously exceeded.” They further cited that our work ethic and ingenuity on this project were impressive.

This award will be presented at ACEC/MW’s annual awards reception slated for later this month. In addition, ACEC/MW has put forward this project and other Honor Award winners to ACEC National for their competition that closes this Friday, January 7. Presently, we’re wrapping up the remaining aspects to complete the formal nomination for the national office and will certainly pass along any further good news. Meanwhile, congratulations goes out to Vice President Johann Dobak, P.E., LEED AP, and his team for a job well done to achieve these industry awards and recognition!

Congratulations to our team for contributing to such a successful project!