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Kleinfelder Honored with Two ACEC MA Engineering Excellence Awards

BOSTON, Massachusetts (March 28, 2024) – The American Council of Engineering Companies, Massachusetts (ACEC MA) recognized two Kleinfelder projects at the 2024 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala. These awards recognize outstanding engineering achievements that demonstrate innovation, problem-solving, and positive community impact.

The Town of Brookline’s Carlton Street Footbridge Restoration project received an Engineering Excellence Silver Award.

Originally built in 1894 and closed in 1974 due to safety concerns, the 70-foot steel Pratt truss structure underwent a meticulous restoration process led by Kleinfelder. From design development to construction phase services, Kleinfelder provided comprehensive support, ensuring ADA/MAAB compliance, accommodating bicycle traffic, and integrating modern amenities while preserving the bridge’s historic character.

The restoration involved lifting and transporting the entire bridge structure for repair and painting while constructing new foundations and ramps onsite. The project successfully replaced corroded steel components while preserving the bridge’s historic aesthetics.

Kleinfelder Project Manager Andre Martecchini commented, “The Carlton Street Footbridge restoration project exemplifies the intersection of historic preservation and modern engineering innovation. It was a privilege to collaborate with the Town of Brookline, MassDOT, and MBTA on this significant project.”

Springfield Water & Sewer Commission’s York Street Pump Station & Connecticut River Crossing project received the ACEC MA Engineering Excellence Bronze Award. As the prime consultant, Kleinfelder played a central role in this transformative initiative.

Facing challenges from an Administrative Consent Order by the U.S. EPA regarding Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) abatement and managing a century-old wastewater collection system, the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission embarked on a groundbreaking $137.5 million project. Kleinfelder led the design and construction oversight for the York Street Pump Station and Connecticut River Crossing project, which included innovative techniques such as employing a slurry balance microtunnel boring machine for construction of the pipelines beneath an Army Corps of Engineers flood wall and an active Amtrak commuter rail.

“The York Street Pump Station & Connecticut River Crossing is the culmination of years of planning and design to address the Commission’s wastewater infrastructure challenges through the use of innovative engineering solutions that benefit both the community and the environment,” remarked Kleinfelder Project Manager Jason Lavoie.

The project’s societal, economic, and sustainable impacts extend beyond CSO reduction, encompassing improved river health and community well-being. By integrating redundancy planning and alternative delivery methods, Kleinfelder ensured cost-effectiveness and operational flexibility, ultimately benefiting the Commission and the community.

Kleinfelder. Bright People. Right Solutions. Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, design, construction management, construction materials inspection and testing, and environmental professional services firm.  Kleinfelder employs over 3,100 professionals and operates from over 100 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia.  The company is headquartered in San Diego, California.  Poised for growth, Kleinfelder continues to provide high-quality solutions for our diverse client base.  Visit or follow us on LinkedIn/Kleinfelder.