As of 2013, Hatch Mott MacDonald ranked #36 in Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms in the United States. Other current ENR rankings include:
The 2012 Listings issue of the British magazine Tunnels and Tunnelling ranked HMM number one among engineering consultants in North American tunneling revenue.
HMM is ranked number two among the top 50 trenchless design firms by Trenchless Technology magazine.
Pat Doig, a Principal Project Manager based in Sacramento, was awarded the prestigious International Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Pat’s 19th published paper, "Shaft Construction for Civil Engineering Projects," was chosen as the best paper of the year published by an IOM3 member living outside the UK. In April 2012, he presented it in London at the Third International Conference on Shaft Design and Construction.
Photo: Pat Doig (right) with Nick Raynsford MP (left).
Vice President John Schneekloth, an engineer with extensive experience in industrial and municipal water and wastewater systems, was awarded the Dr. H.H. Heukelekian Award by the New Jersey Water Environment Association. The award is given annually to an NJWEA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of industrial waste control. John has delivered presentations on water chemistry, construction cost estimating, pH and temperature control, and other topics at seminars and conferences sponsored by the NJWEA and Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Alliance for Action honored HMM with Distinguished Engineering Awards for two of its projects: the emergency reconstruction of Route 35 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the elimination of flooding in the Verona and Gebhardt Avenues area of the city of Elizabeth. The Alliance is a nonprofit coalition advocating infrastructure investment in the state.
Route 35 connects nine municipalities on the Barnegat Peninsula, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from Barnegat Bay in Ocean County. The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 cut through the peninsula, breaching the highway in three places and destroying critical utilities including gas, water, power, communications, and sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure. For details on HMM’s response to the hurricane, see HMM Responds to Hurricane Sandy.
Since the 1940s, the bowl-shaped area around Verona and Gebhardt Avenues in Elizabeth, NJ, has suffered from flooding after even moderate rainfall. Through creative design and an ambitious collaboration with the city, Union Township, Kean University, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, HMM developed an economically and environmentally feasible solution.
Two of HMM’s young professionals were honored at the American Water Works Association’s New Jersey Section Annual Conference in Atlantic City.
Carolynn Zebrowski received the Next Generation Award, given to a professional under 35 who actively participates in AWWA activities. As chair of the Student Affairs Committee, Carolynn gave presentations at local universities, coordinated an annual poster competition, increased student attendance at AWWA’s Annual Conference, and helped develop criteria for two new annual scholarships.
Josef Argenio received the Fresh Ideas Award, given to the author of the best presentation by a young professional. The criteria include originality, topical interest, content, speaker’s knowledge of topic, use of audiovisual elements, and overall presentation. Josef’s presentation covered proposed improvements to Aqua Pennsylvania’s Shenango Water Treatment Plant.
For its work on the Calgary West Light Rail Transit project, HMM received a Project Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA).
Calgary’s LRT carries more than 290,000 passengers per weekday, making it the most-traveled light rail system in North America. Completed on an unprecedented five-year delivery schedule, the West LRT extension includes 8.2 kilometers of track, 10 kilometers of associated pathways, and six new stations, including the system’s first elevated station (Sunalta) and first underground station (Westbrook).
The Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) honored HMM with two Excellence Awards for our contribution to the Calgary West LRT project as Owner’s Engineer. HMM received the highest-ranking award in both the Transportation Infrastructure and Project Management award categories. Project success was the result of innovative planning, procurement, and construction implementation strategies fostered by an effective team approach.
Vatsal Shah, a geotechnical engineer in the Environmental Division, was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as a New Face of Civil Engineering for 2013. ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering Program selects ten individuals 30 years or younger who exhibit leadership, technical prowess, confidence, curiosity, integrity, sound judgment, and a positive attitude.
In 2011 and 2012, Vatsal travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to provide humanitarian relief in the city following the devastating earthquake that affected the region. Offering his expertise in civil engineering, Vatsal worked with his team to develop a low-technology emergency response wastewater and sewage containment and treatment system for the entire city of Port-au-Prince, helping to increase safety and stop the spread of pathogenic diseases including cholera and dysentery.
Biljana Rajlic, a Vice President in our Mississauga office, was awarded the 2012 Canadian Transportation Awards Program Award of Excellence. Presented at the Transportation Association of Canada's recent conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the betterment of the transportation industry over several years in such areas as safety, sustainable development, research, technology, policy, or corporate development.
As the Structures Lead on the $1.4B Windsor Essex Parkway Project, Biljana championed the use of “NU” bridge girders that may become standard construction item for the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario (MTO), replacing the use of the traditional CPCI girders. When implemented as a new standard, the ability to close longer spans with use of fewer girders will lower the cost of precast concrete bridges.
Peter Cipolla, Senior Vice President and Business Development Director for Rail and Transit at Hatch Mott MacDonald, was inducted into the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor is reserved for individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the industry, have made extraordinary contributions to public transportation, and have actively participated in APTA activities.
Throughout his career, Cipolla has been an active member of APTA. He was chair of APTA during the difficult 2001-2002 timeframe, when the country was still recovering from the 9/11 attacks, after which he set up a special APTA Security Working Group to work with federal agencies.
Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) received an ACEC Ohio award for the East 55th Street Rapid Transit Station. HMM served as lead project design consultant for this Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority project, which replaced a busy station — one of only three RTA stations that serves both light and heavy rail trains. The project, which provided efficient passenger drop-off locations, and enhanced pedestrian access and circulation, now meets all ADA requirements and is a visually appealing landmark in its Slavic Village neighborhood.
HMM’s George Nowak, Deputy Practice Leader for Airports & Aviation, was awarded the 2012 Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence by Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. The medal recognizes “overall excellence in the practice of engineering, where the innovative application of engineering knowledge and principles has solved a unique problem, led to advanced products, or produced above-average results.”
A Senior Airport Engineer and Project Manager, George has more than 39 years of airport experience in pavement engineering, airport planning, design and construction supervision, and infrastructure assessment. He has worked on airport projects in every province and territory in Canada, and in 26 locations abroad, including Ecuador, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Uruguay, and the Philippines.
The Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) awarded HMM's Jenifer Smith its Wally Wells Young Leader Award. The award recognizes young OPWA members who have demonstrated a commitment to their professions and the potential for future growth within the association. Jenifer belongs to the OPWA Young Professionals Committee and is a Rail & Transit Engineer in HMM’s Mississauga Office. She has previous experience working in the UK and the United Arab Emirates
The Canadian Unit of Hatch Mott MacDonald received a Silver Award for outstanding achievements in promoting workplace health and safety from Acklands-Grainger and Canadian Occupational Safety magazine. The award, in the Buildings and Construction category, recognized HMM as one of “Canada’s Safest Employers.”
At the annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala held by ACEC in Washington, DC, HMM was honored with a National Recognition Award for its work on the Jersey City Water Plant Improvement project.
Hatch Mott MacDonald was awarded the ACEC-BC Award of Excellence in Transportation for our work on the Harbourside West Pedestrian Overpass. Located on Vancouver’s North Shore, the overpass creates a vital connection in the North Shore Spirit Trail, bridging the gap between two communities on either side of CN rail tracks.