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2002 ACEC Indiana Honor Award and Best Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project

Donohue & Associates and the City of Bloomington, Indiana, received an Honor Award in the 2002 ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence competition for the East Kirkwood Avenue Streetscape and Utility Improvements. The project also received the Best Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project by the Indiana Main Street Association. The award recognizes an intricate project in the heart of downtown Bloomington, near the Indiana University campus. It involved combining efforts of three major projects—a roadway replacement, small park reconstruction, and utility replacement—to minimize the impact to local businesses and residents and lower overall construction cost.

The utility project replaced over 1000 feet of sanitary sewers, up to 30 inches in diameter, and all services. Over 900 feet of water main, up to 16 inches in diameter, were also replaced. Over 700 feet of reinforced concrete box culverts, 20 feet wide by 4 feet tall, replaced a nearly 100-year-old, deteriorated masonry arch culvert.

When asked about the project, Mayor John Fernandez commented, “This was the most complex engineering project our City has completed during my tenure as Mayor and also one of the most successful. Donohue successfully merged the needs of our departments…the cooperative effort saved our City tens of thousands of dollars in construction costs and reduced the disruption to our Downtown by as much as a full construction season.”