Rockford-based engineering firm Fehr Graham received two awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at a recent awards event in Normal.
The firm was honored for its revitalization of a former factory in Rockford and a roundabout project in Freeport. The awards were presented at the ACEC 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards.
Entries in the Engineering Excellence Awards Competition are judged on engineering excellence, meeting the client's needs and the benefits to public welfare and private engineering practice.
Fehr Graham worked with Rockford to turn an abandoned factory into an indoor sports complex. To do so, the firm had to come up with ways to remove industrial oils trapped along the water table between the footing of the building and the edge of a river. Asbestos cleanup was also necessary.
"Fehr Graham has been an integral community partner in helping the city of Rockford realize the opportunity that repurposing facilities like the Ingersoll site mean to the revitalization of Rockford," Matt Vitner, interim public works director for Rockford, said. "The city strives to explore and seek opportunities to partner with stakeholders to raise the bar moving forward. Fehr Graham's commitment to excellence in our redevelopment mission raises our accomplishments to new heights."
Fehr Graham worked with Freeport and the Stephenson County Highway Department on the roundabout project, which aimed to reduce accidents at a dangerous intersection. Fehr Graham analyzed and designed plans for a roundabout to solve the issue.
"The intersection needed a good option to protect our citizens and Fehr Graham provided the right combination of safety and traffic consideration in their solution," Chris Isbell, former county engineer for Stephenson County said. "Fehr Graham has always been creative with their solutions, and this is just another example of their insight at work."