WGI WINS 2017 FTBA BEST IN CONSTRUCTION AWARDS
WGI is pleased to announce it received recognition from the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) in its 2017 Best in Construction Awards in the following categories:
INTERSTATE: I-75 Widening from Sumter County Line to CR 470, Sumter County/Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 5. As designer, WGI partnered with contractor Middlesex Corporation for this 13.3-mile long Design-Build interstate project. It included design enhancements and innovative solutions to widen I-75 (SR 93) from four lanes to six lanes, with consideration for future eight- and ten-lane widening, a complete interchange design and reconstruction at SR 48, reconstruction of SR 48 to a five-lane urban section with a bi-directional center turn lane, replacement of I-75 bridges at SR 48 with two-phase construction, correction of substandard vertical curves and improvements to drainage, lighting, milling, and resurfacing. The project was completed ahead of schedule, received a score of 4.72/5 from FDOT Partnering Surveys, high marks from local agencies, and saved District 5 over $3M.
DESIGN-BUILD: SR 710 – Beeline Highway Reconstruct, Palm Beach County/FDOT District 4. The Design-Build Team of Ranger Construction and WGI reconstructed SR 710 (the Beeline Highway) from its pre-existing, undivided two-lane configuration to a divided four-lane configuration. The project reconstructed the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) roadway from Pratt Whitney Road to the Martin/Palm Beach County line, for a length of approximately six miles. SR 710 is the primary connector between the Port of Palm Beach and manufacturing and distribution points in Central Florida.
ALTERNATIVE CONTRACTING: I-75 Capacity Improvement Project, from SR 951 to Golden Gate Parkway, Collier County/FDOT District 1. WGI served as the noise wall specialty engineer for a Cost Savings Initiative Proposal (CSIP) that resulted in $1M total savings. The CSIP focused on modifications to the size and number of foundations constructed in hard limestone cap rock for over 18,000 linear feet of noise wall. These modifications helped the contractor complete the project five months ahead of schedule, earning a $1.3M early completion bonus.
The multidisciplinary consulting firm continues to create significant growth in employees, clients, and services in 2017, also collecting the following honors this year:
— WGI ranked number 5 on the South Florida Business Journal’s “Top 25 Engineering Firms in South Florida” list.
— Engineering News-Record (ENR) placed WGI at number 252 on its national list of Top 500 Design Firms, and number 22 on its list of Top Southeast Design Firms.
— The Zweig Group ranked WGI number 4 on its “Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies” and placed WGI at number 23 on the “Best Firms to Work For” lists for 2017
— The University of Florida (UF) judged WGI number 29 on the “Gator100,” a list of the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni.
WGI now has eight offices throughout the state; WGI recently completed an 18,000-square-foot expansion to its 14,000-square-foot national headquarters in West Palm Beach, with expansion plans underway or lately completed for its offices in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville.
As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, WGI has eight offices throughout Florida and specializes in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Water Resources, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #4 on its 2017 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2017 Best Firms to Work For list. WGI rose to #1609 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America – over 1800 places higher than last year’s placement. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #37 in its 2016 Florida Fast 100 (encompassing the entire state), #60 in the region’s 2016 Top 100 Private Companies, #10 on its 2016 Top 25 Engineering Firms, as well as #7 in the $25M and over category as a 2016 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2017, WGI ranked #252 on the ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms and ranked #22 in ENR’s Top Southeast Design Firms of 2017. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com .
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