Karpinski Engineering Wins Nationally for Cleveland Museum of Art Project

Jun 05, 2014

Karpinski Engineering won a Grand Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

The team has been recognized for their contributions to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 12-year, $320 million addition and renovation project.

The Cleveland Museum of Art Addition and Renovation was one of 143 entries judged, and one of only eight to receive the Grand Award. In order to compete at the national level, entries were first required to compete and win at the state level.

The judges evaluated entries according to five criteria:

  1. Uniqueness and/or innovative applications of new or existing techniques
  2. Future value to the engineering profession and perception by the public
  3. Social, economic and sustainable development considerations
  4. Complexity
  5. Successful fulfillment of client/owner needs

(from the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 Call for Entries)

Karpinski Engineering Vice President and Director of Marketing Dennis Wessel, who served as principal-in-charge for the project, commented that the firm was thrilled to be able to work with architect Rafael Vinoly and his team.

“This phenomenal team was rounded out by Arup engineers, design firms in Cleveland and across the U.S., and a fantastic construction and owner’s representation team,” he said. “After twelve years of collaboration, the team has gained a tremendous amount of respect for one another and is looking forward to our next opportunity.”

“It was an honor to be a part of this project, to be a part of something that has such an impact on our community,” said Rocco Gallo, Vice President and Director of Electrical at Karpinski Engineering, and a project manager for the addition and renovation. “Hopefully the work we’ve done here will last the Museum another hundred years.”

This is the first Grand Award that Karpinski Engineering has won and the second time that Karpinski Engineering has competed at the national level. In 2007, the Cleveland State University Wellness and Recreation Center project received a National Recognition Award.

In the ACEC Ohio award competitions to date, Karpinski Engineering has also received one Grand Award, three Outstanding Achievement Awards, and four Honor Awards.

This year, the ACEC National EEA top prize – the Grand Conceptor Award – went to the Wacker Drive/Congress Parkway Reconstruction project by TranSystems/Alfred Benesch & Co./T.Y. Lin International/Burns & McDonnell/Infrastructure Engineering/Parsons Brinckerhoff/Lochner. View all winners.

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