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Expert Analyses Ensures Safe Construction of Key Airport Facility

 WASHINGTON, DC – Ninyo & Moore of Los Angeles, Calif., has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 55th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for design of Terminal 1.5 at Los Angeles International Airport.

Ninyo & Moore provided geotechnical engineering services for the five-story, 52,000-square-foot building connecting Terminals 1 and 2. The building also provides additional space for federal security requirements, and an uninterrupted link between existing ticketing and baggage claim lobbies. These and other features enhance operational flexibility and efficiency for the airport and airlines.

During construction, the project team encountered a large area of undocumented fill, which normally would have to be removed and the area recompacted to ensure structural stability. Ninyo & Moore’s evaluation of this area determined its suitability to support Terminal 1.5, saving the airport more than

$1 million in added construction costs and keeping the project on schedule. The firm also ensured the existing terminal foundations were properly supported and protected during excavation and construction.

The project is part of 195 entries this year representing engineering excellence from throughout the nation and the world. Judging for the awards program—known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”– took place in February and was conducted by a national 27-member panel of built environment leaders, along with experts from government, the media and academia. Award criteria focused on uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, and generating excitement for the engineering profession.

Recognition of all award winners including top winners—20 Honor Awards, 16 Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement—will take place during the 2022 EEA Gala, to be held in Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.