Fairfax, Va. — Dewberry was recognized for its work on the Springfield Gardens Area D project with a Silver Award in the waste and stormwater category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY).


The Springfield Gardens Area Reconstruction was planned to solve chronic flooding and poor roadway and infrastructure conditions in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens, New York. The project included reconstruction of 2.5 miles of roadway, sanitary, and storm sewer improvements with floodplain, wetland, and stormwater best management practice (BMP) drainage improvements in Springfield and Idlewild Parks. Using sustainable infrastructure principles, stormwater is collected and discharged into the wetlands where the water is naturally filtered. The area was refurbished with vegetative diversity and wildlife, creating park programs that connect area residents with nature and an urban ecosystem.

Approximately 3.5 acres of new wetlands were created and 2.8 miles of new sewer line and 84 new catch basins were constructed. This was the fourth phase of a $175 million neighborhood infrastructure improvement project.

More than 60 firms submitted projects to be judged in the ACEC NY Engineering Excellence Awards. These projects were reviewed by a panel of industry experts on complexity, innovation, and value to society. Winners of the award will be honored at the 50th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in New York City on April 1, 2017.