COWI wins ACEC award for key New York road tunnels project

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COWI’s work on major New York road tunnels to be recognised at forthcoming ACEC awards.

COWI in North America has been recognised by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY) as a recipient of the 2022/3 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Diamond Award in the special project category for the design-build quality oversight for Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown Tunnels project.

The prize will be presented at an awards dinner on 24 March in New York City, where there will be a live presentation for all diamond award winners.

Design-build quality oversight for Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown Tunnels project has also been designated as one of the finalists to represent the ACEC New York in the national competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Hugh L Carey and Queens Midtown tunnels were significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which caused historic damage to the city’s infrastructure in 2012. After the devastating event and ongoing needs due to age, the infrastructure of both tunnels was identified for upgrades.
COWI|CHA Joint Venture was contracted by Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority as owner’s engineer to provide quality oversight for five design-build contracts representing $123m of resilience upgrades for the tunnels.

COWI’s approach to alternative project delivery allowed the work to be monitored efficiently, in a coordinated manner, with many stakeholders, and with no disruptions to the public. Significant work was conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic and the project was completed on schedule and under budget despite the obstacles posed by the pandemic.

Design-build quality oversight for Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown tunnels project will serve as a useful model for modernizing efforts for New York’s aging infrastructure through cost-effective project delivery models.

Steven Kramer, senior vice president and project director for the project at COWI, said: “This project was very close to home for our engineers. Most of us have used these tunnels and know how vital they are to the ecosystem of New York. Working on such a deep-rooted part of our transport network can be challenging but our proactivity and collaboration with construction partners provided a design-build model that offered significant cost and schedule reductions.

“COWI continues to demonstrate innovative thinking on projects such as the design-build quality oversight for Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown tunnels project. The annual ACEC NY Engineering Excellence Awards are a platform to highlight these achievements and it is hugely rewarding to see the COWI team be recognised by ACEC New York.”