April 29, 2013
Stantec has been selected as Consultant of the Year in Roads and Highway Projects by the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), while its design of a widely praised extension of Sarasota’s Honore Avenue was also recognized with a Project of the Year Award.
The Florida APWA announced the awards at its annual conference held in Jacksonville on April 26, 2013.
Stantec’s work for Sarasota County on an extension of Honore Avenue, south of Fruitville Road, took home Project of the Year Award in the Transportation category ($5M to $25M).
Reacting to the Consultant of the Year honor, Fermin A. Diaz, PE, Stantec vice president and regional leader commented, “This recognition is an honor that we truly value and appreciate. It underscores the crucial partnership between professionals in the consultant community and our public officials in delivering cost-effective infrastructure solutions with limited environmental impact. It is our practice to embrace these values in all of our projects, as demonstrated in the Honore Avenue project.”
The 2.7 mile Honore Avenue extension delivered an array of economic and community benefits, and sets a new standard for limiting the environmental impact of road construction in the region. Instead of a planned four-lane highway, the two-lane divided road features six roundabouts, bicycle lanes, LED streetlights, Florida-friendly landscaping, and bio-swales and rain gardens to treat stormwater runoff. Through the use of imaginative land and median configuration and boardwalks, the design team saved more than 75% of the existing high value trees and more than 16 acres of forested, publicly owned lands that are also home to two bald eagles nests.
Frank Domingo, PE, Stantec’s senior transportation engineer on the project is also a neighborhood resident. “This project was also personally significant to me because my neighbors and I wanted the roadway to be more than just a throughway for cars. The community feedback I’ve received has been very positive,” says Domingo. “The project has really become a community asset.”
The team’s use of bio-swales—natural vegetation to collect and passively treat run-off—eliminated the need for large stormwater detention ponds. The functional solution provides an aesthetically appealing element in the predominantly residential neighborhood. Cost savings for using low impact deign strategies over conventional stormwater treatment practices saved the County approximately $3.5 million.
Forming a critical link in one of the County’s few north-south thoroughfares, this section of Honore Avenue features six roundabouts at critical intersections. The elimination of traffic signals keeps cars moving while maintaining 85% of the traditional four-lane capacity and reducing the number of reported accidents.
Stantec teamed with contractor APAC on improvements which have been praised by the national Environmental Protection Agency and featured in environmental publications as a “green” infrastructure success story.
Stantec has designed new and improved roads and bridges and implemented traffic solutions for hundreds of communities across Florida. With 450 employees in 13 offices in Florida, staff works extensively with federal, state and local transportation agencies, providing civil, structural and traffic engineering and environmental services.