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Fehr Graham receives two Iowa ACEC awards
Des Moines, IA (May 12, 2016) - Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, today received two, 2016 ACEC-Iowa Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa (ACEC-IA). The firm was presented an Honor Award in the “Special Projects” category for the City of Monona Aquatic Center Parking Lot project. In addition, a Merit Award in the “Water & Wastewater” category was presented to Fehr Graham for the City of Manchester Street Improvement project. The awards were presented at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa – 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, held at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel in West De Moines, Iowa. 
The Engineering Excellence Awards Competition recognizes projects of engineering firms. 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, while Merit Awards are given for those projects worthy of recognition for the engineer and the client. 
Fehr Graham developed the design for the use of permeable pavers for the City of Monona’s Aquatic Center’s parking lot. The use of the permeable pavers has improved water quality, reduced erosion, and created safer traffic patterns.
“We were extremely pleased with the result of the Aquatic Center Parking Lot project. The use of permeable pavers was instrumental in balancing the engineering and environmental needs,” said Dan Canton, City Manager for the City of Monona (pictured above left with Jon Biederman). “Jon and his team were very knowledgeable and we are looking for more opportunities to use the same innovative solutions for similar projects.”
The City of Manchester Street Improvement Project was focused on the Southwest portion of the City near the Maquoketa River, where infrastructure was in need of repair and upgrades. Fehr Graham partnered with the City of Manchester to provide a safe, sustainable, long-term solution for the City’s water, wastewater, and transportation needs.
“One of the main goals of a project this size is to create the least amount of disruption of traffic flow for our citizens,” said Timothy J. Vick, Manchester City Manager (pictured on the left with Ryan Wicks). “Fehr Graham made sure there were no major disruptions in traffic for the length of the construction.”
The two 2016 ACEC-IA Awards were accepted by Fehr Graham during the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards luncheon held on May 12, 2016, at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa.


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