WGI IS PRESENTED THE GRAND AWARD FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE BY FES/FICE
Wantman Group, Inc. (WGI) is pleased to announce it won the state’s Grand Award at the 2015 Florida Engineering Society (FES)/Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet for the Big John Monahan Reconstruction project in FDOT District 4.
Steeped in history dating back to 1927, the Big John Monahan Bridge, located in western Martin County, was originally a one-way swing bridge and was later replaced by a single bridge in 1965. The firm’s engineers redesigned this “gateway” to the City of Indiantown as twin bridges. This is the third award recognition for this project; WGI won the 2014 Engineer’s Council Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award and earlier this year the firm won the Design-Build Institute of America – Florida Region’s Transportation Award for the Big John Monahan. The new FES/FICE Grand Award is rated on the basis of uniqueness and/or innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession and perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget.
WGI can credit the wins to many elements of the complex, high-profile project, most notably a unique and strategic land purchase that allowed a bridge shortening of nearly 1000 feet, resulting in approximately $15 million in taxpayer savings. The Team also provided innovation and significant cost savings by relocating the ponds from underneath the fixed-span, high-level bridge, where it is difficult to maintain turf. One innovation highlight to mention is that the Design-Build team of Cone & Graham and WGI set newly approved 84-foot Florida I Beams (FIBs) spanning 185 feet – the longest FIBs ever set in the state. The team also completed the project an impressive 104 days ahead of schedule.
“The Big John Monahan Project faced many interesting challenges,” said David Wantman, PE, president of WGI. “The Department of Transportation deemed the bridge functionally obsolete, yet it was a primary hurricane evacuation route and part of the Strategic Intermodal System. The Cone & Graham and WGI Design-Build Team, along with subconsultants and subcontractors, worked seamlessly together with all the involved stakeholders. We are extremely proud of the outcome, and of the recognition of a job well done.”
As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, WGI has seven offices throughout Florida and is comprised of eight separate divisions devoted to the following disciplines: Civil/Municipal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Environmental, Planning and Creative Services. Most recently, WGI was ranked on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms, and is ranked number 14 in ENR’s Top Southeast Design Firms. Also in 2015, The Zweig Group ranked WGI #39 on the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies” list and placed WGI on the “Best Firms to Work For” list as well as its ”Hot Firms” list. WGI also ranked number 6 on the “Top 25 Engineering Firms in South Florida” list and number 70 on the “Top 100 list of Private Companies” by The South Florida Business Journal. In 2014, WGI ranked #3767 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and is among the 437 private growth companies that were Hire Power Awards honorees for 2013, featured in the 2nd annual edition of Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs since 2012.
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