WANTMAN GROUP, INC. SELECTED FOR FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS (FICE) GRAND CONCEPTOR AWARD
Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI) is pleased to announce its selection for the Grand Conceptor Award from the 2013 FICE Engineering Excellence Awards Program, a program designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the consulting engineering profession
(West Palm Beach – August 2013) Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI) is pleased to announce their selection for the Grand Conceptor Award from the 2013 FICE Engineering Excellence Awards Program, a program designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the consulting engineering profession through a comprehensive evaluation of projects by a distinguished panel of experts in related fields. WGI was selected for the Grand Conceptor Award based on their leadership in the Dixie Highway Reconstruction Design-Build project in Deerfield Beach, Florida completed in July 2012. This is the latest in a series of awards that have been bestowed on the project, including the 2012 FICE Grand Award, 2012 Steel Erectors Association of America “Project of the Year”, 2013 FTBA “Best in Construction” Major Bridge Award, and the 2013 FDOT/FICE Design-Build “Project of the Year”.
As Dixie Highway approached its centennial year, funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act presented an opportunity to address the odd configuration of the road, combined with the need for a safer route for local motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to downtown Deerfield Beach and the amenities of Pioneer Park. The reconstruction of Dixie Highway involved the realignment of the road from south of Hillsboro Boulevard in Broward County to north of the Hillsboro Canal in Palm Beach County. With WGI as the lead design engineer and Cone & Graham as contractor, an at-grade Florida East Coast (FEC) Railroad crossing was eliminated and the creation of a new flyover was achieved, resulting in reduced travel times and decreased conflict points along the route. As a major contributor to the Design-Build Team tasked with designing and constructing the roadway, WGI provided numerous innovative concepts that were implemented to ensure a safe, environmentally sensitive and operationally efficient design. The project was completed 95 days ahead of schedule and $7.5M under budget. It was also the first time a 192.5-ton steel cap, the single largest component, was ever lifted over and permanently set above the FEC Railroad in Florida. The WGI/Cone & Graham Team was the first to receive a perfect Contractor’s Past Performance Rating of 110 on a large-scale design-build project for their work on Dixie Highway.
“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award for our role in this successful Florida Department of Transportation project. We are proud of our efforts and enjoyed the opportunity to utilize a variety of services and personnel to collaborate on an efficient, aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective design for the Dixie Highway Flyover,” said David Wantman, PE, President of WGI. “Being recognized in this way is a testament to the commitment of our associates and the strength of our team. A special thanks to District Four for their commitment to a successful project and to the team’s lead contractor, Cone and Graham for their leadership, expertise and professionalism.”
As a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, WGI has offices throughout Florida and is comprised of eight separate divisions devoted to the following disciplines: Civil, Municipal and Transportation Engineering, Surveying, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Construction, Environmental and Planning services. WGI has been recognized for four consecutive years on The Zweig White Hot Firm List. The South Florida Business Journal recently ranked WGI number 8 on the “Top 25 Engineering Firms in South Florida” list.
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Sima Narcus, Client Services Manager
Wantman Group, Inc.