The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon announced the winners of the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, and for the first time since the program’s inception more than 50 years ago, an eastern Oregon firm’s project was selected for Project of the Year.
In total, 31 projects were honored at the Awards Gala, which took place at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland on January 17, 2018. Six projects received Grand Awards. Anderson Perry’s Crooked River Wetlands Project designed for the City of Prineville took home the main award of the night, Project of the Year.
The ACEC Engineering Excellence award program is an annual design competition that recognizes engineering achievements demonstrating the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, and creativity. Each year, dozens of firms from around the state submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation, and value to society. These projects are judged by a panel of industry experts including government officials, ACEC leadership, educators from college and university engineering departments, and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment.
“We are honored to be recognized alongside the City of Prineville for this groundbreaking project,” said AP project manager Brett Moore.
About the Award Winning Project
The City of Prineville’s Crooked River Wetlands Complex demonstrates a new approach to dealing with wastewater. Constructed for just $8 million, a fraction of the $62 million price tag of a previously recommended mechanical treatment plant, the complex utilizes natural processes found in the wetlands to further treat the reclaimed water. Designed to operate entirely by gravity, the wetlands offer habitat to numerous plants, wildlife, waterfowl, and insects that support a healthy ecosystem. The nearly 5 miles of trails built throughout the complex also double as a biology and wildlife laboratory for area schools and a recreational get-away for visitors. The wetlands in the complex were designed to augment the flow of water into the adjacent Crooked River. After the water is polished by the microorganisms growing on the plants in the wetland cells, the water is cooled as it flows underground into the Crooked River, providing as much as 2 million gallons per day of clean, cool water to aid in the reintroduction of steelhead and salmon.