Texas CEC Honors LAN with Gold Medal for CityCenter Harmon Circle Interchange Project
January 1, 2011
(HOUSTON – January 2011) Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) has received the Texas Council of Engineering Companies’ prestigious Gold Medal Award for structural systems. The award recognizes the firm’s work on the CityCenter Harmon Circle Interchange project in Las Vegas.
The Engineering Excellence Awards recognize outstanding projects based on innovation, future value to the engineering profession, social, economic and sustainable design, complexity and exceeding the client’s needs. The award will be presented during the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, on April 11, 2011.
The Harmon Circle Interchange project is part of the $8.4 billion, 18-million-square-foot development undertaken by MGM Resorts International (MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp., a subsidiary of Dubai World, on a 67-acre site at the southwest end of the famous Las Vegas strip. The City Center, which opened in December 2009, consists of four hotels, high-rise condominium buildings, convention center, theater, multilevel retail complex and casino facilities. LAN provided engineering services for the design of Harmon Circle Interchange with connector bridges and an elevated roadway loop over Harmon Avenue to tie together both the hotel/casino and high-rise condominium towers.
“The client challenged us to create an inviting, user-friendly transportation system of roadways, ramps and overpass bridges to access the complex and avoid a sterile, functional airport terminal feeling,” said Keith Burkholder, P.E., LAN’s Team Leader of Rail and Transit Systems. “With our attention to detail and a strong focus on vehicle and pedestrian mobility, we were able to provide an exceptional transportation solution to a complicated mixed-use, multifunctional facility.”
The firm also won silver medal awards for engineering services under three other categories: Studies – Drainage study of 4,000 acres of the west Houston region following the extreme rainfall events in April 2009; Energy – Identifying energy and water conservation measures for 11 General Services Administration (GSA) buildings in the Sunbelt and National Capital Regions; and Special Projects – Repairing and restoring the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Sept. 2008.
“Winning four awards in one year is a testament to the firm’s contribution to communities throughout the country and recognition of the value we bring to our clients,” said LAN President Dennis Petersen, P.E.