Sacramento, Calif. — The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) announced that Walter P Moore was honored with the Golden State Award for innovative work on the Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport. The modern new tower uses a cutting-edge vertical post-tensioned system, enabling the tower to self-right and ensuring air traffic controllers remain fully operational after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

"Each year, the recipients of the ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards represent some of the most innovative solutions to complex public and private sector challenges, including water resource management, alternative fuel infrastructure, and structural building projects," said Brad Diede, Executive Director for ACEC California. "I offer my congratulations to the winners of the Golden State Award, Walter P Moore. The firm's innovative design that addressed highly unique geographic challenges is a great example of how engineers are pushing the envelope to improve safety and optimal functionality."

Each year, ACEC California honors engineering firms throughout California with Engineering Excellence Honor and Merit Awards. Of those recipients, ACEC California selects one firm to receive the Golden State Award. This year, 24 California firms representing 27 projects were named EEA Award winners. Honor Award winners are eligible to enter the ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

ACEC California's annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. Entries are accepted into one of 12 project categories: studies; research and consulting engineering services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; special projects; small projects; energy; and industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities. 

An independent panel of judges from the public sector evaluated the projects and made the award selections.