This past Thursday, February 11th, our co-design for O'Hare's Runway 10R-28L received a Transportation Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
The ACEC-IL's Engineering Excellence Awards Competition recognizes projects of engineering achievement by Illinois consulting engineering firms. Entries are judged on the basis of engineering excellence, the degree to which the client's needs are met, and the benefits to the public welfare and private practice of engineering. Honor Awards are given for those projects which are recognized for exceptional engineering that meet the needs of the client and benefit the public welfare.
For those of you not familiar with the particulars of Runway 10R-28L it's a 7,500 foot long, 150 foot wide, CAT II/III all-weather runway. The multi-firm engineering team that Epstein, and our partners the Michael Baker Corporation, managed and providing co-lead engineering services for was responsible for the design of 10R-28L's earthwork, grading, pavements, geometrics, NAVAIDS, drainage, storm water conveyance, erosion and sedimentation control, utilities, lighting, signing, and pavement marking. Runway 10R-28L is O'Hare's third new east-west parallel runway and the second that was designed by an Epstein-led engineering team. Nearly seven years ago, Runway 9L-27R, Epstein co-engineered, again with Baker, opened.
Congratulations go out for a job very well done to our engineering team which was led by Epstein's director of engineering, Thomas E. Smiles, PE and Al Pomerance, Epstein's former director of aviation. In addition to Tom & Al, Epstein's team also included Victor Iniguez, Don Reilly, Pradip Desai, Alena Piburn, Dave Hilty, Tom Pociask, Jay Masi, Greg Osborne, Pete Dombrowski, Theresa Pelletier, and Nicole Firnbach.