Three Projects Recognized by American Council of Engineering Companies
KLJ is proud to announce that we have received both national and state recognition, in recent weeks, for projects our team has completed in North Dakota.
The West Fargo Sheyenne Street Corridor received national recognition for “exceptional achievement in engineering” at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2019 Gala Dinner and Awards in Washington, D.C.. This project included, the City of West Fargo, along with the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments, and KLJ, working with the community to develop context-sensitive improvements for each unique segment of Sheyenne Street that included capacity and safety enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, traffic calming measures, and an innovative interchange solution. The team’s design is expected to result in 60 percent less delay and reduce total crash potential by 60 percent. The project is in its final year of major interchange reconstruction. Mike Bittner served as project manager for this study.
Bittner was also project manager for the Downtown Mandan Subarea Study which received an award for Category A: Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering. The City of Mandan and KLJ conducted the study which aimed to identify solutions for downtown community enhancement. During the study, the team dynamically engaged the public, identified transportation solutions and roadway configurations, prioritized projects, and developed a plan of action. With funds readily available due to the Urban Grant Program funds awarded after the study was completed, the City was able to initiate projects identified and prioritized in the study’s completion. The enhancements to downtown Mandan are creating a more inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors, restoring vibrancy to the community.
The University of Mary Marian Grotto received the award for Category J: Small Projects. KLJ collaborated with Integration Design Group to design and engineer the Marian Grotto. The new campus landmark, modeled after the Our Lady of Lourdes in France, provides students, faculty, and staff with a place for private prayer and reflection. KLJ performed civil engineering services for the project, including identifying a site for construction, surveying the land, and designing a layout for the grotto retaining walls, tunnel, storm drains, and sidewalk. The Marian Grotto, which opened to the public in September 2017, features heated concrete for year-round access to the outdoor gathering place and is one of fewer than five grottos within the state. Brad Krogstad served as project manager.