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Merrick & Company Wins High Honors for Three Projects


Denver,CO--Merrick & Company recently received three prestigious 2008 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC/CO) at ceremonies in Denver, CO.

The ACEC/CO 2008 Engineering Excellence Awards program recognizes Colorado engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of ingenuity and include significant technical, economic, or social advancements. The awards were announced at ACEC/CO’s annual awards luncheon at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.

All projects were evaluated by a diverse group of local business, media, and industry representatives based on criteria that includes original or innovative application of new or existing techniques, future value to the engineering profession, social, economic, and sustainable design considerations, complexity, and exceeding client/owner needs. Based on this evaluation, three levels of awards are given: Merit, Honors, and Engineering Excellence. Of the seven Engineering Excellence Awards presented this year (the highest recognition given), Merrick won three - one for each project submitted.

Merrick’s Brian Raber accepted an Engineering Excellence Award in the Surveying & Mapping category for the Missouri River Mitigation Project: Conservation Planning Using Hyperspectral Science (near Corning, MO).

“This was a great project to demonstrate how the fusion of three disparate remotely sensed data sources can solve real world problems such as assessing the location and condition of suitable bald eagle habitat,” said Raber. “We’re all proud of the success of the project and have concluded with our client that the multi-sensor approach is technically feasible for the remaining 735 miles of the river.”

Also accepting an Engineering Excellence Award for Merrick were Bruce Thompson and Rick Koehn in the Building/Technology Systems category for the BSL-3Ag Large Animal Health Facility project (Ames, IA). Merrick provided detailed architectural and engineering design services for one of the initial elements of the $460 million modernization of the USDA National Centers for Animal Health (NCAH). The state-of-the-art facility provides an opportunity for this campus to become the leading animal research facility in the world. The NACH project is a complete modernization of the agency’s laboratory, animal and physical plant facilities.

In the Special Projects category, Bob Trout and Glenn Pierce of Merrick accepted an Engineering Excellence Award for the Spallation Neutron Source Target Hot Cell project (Oak Ridge, TN). Merrick provided detailed design work on a first-of-a-kind and one-of-a-kind shielded hot cell and associated support systems. The target maintenance hot cell is a shielded and confined operating room where the heart of the Spallation Neutron Source project, the activated mercury targets, are remotely maintained to support the operations of this world-class material science R&D facility.

Merrick & Company is an employee-owned professional services firm with headquarters in Aurora, CO. Merrick provides engineering, architecture, design, and construction/fabrication oversight services for mission/security-critical buildings, high-containment equipment and buildings, civil infrastructure, biomass-to-energy conversion processes, geospatial solution, and land survey projects. The firm builds quality solutions for federal, state, municipal, county, university, private sector, and international clients from offices in Aurora and Colorado Springs, CO; Los Alamos and Albuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Ontario, Canada.

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