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JRTC Wins ACEC Grand Prize


JACKSONVILLE, FL – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) selected the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla as its Grand Award winner at its annual Engineering Excellence Awards.

The Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla or JRTC is a 67,000-square-foot intermodal transfer hub, and administration headquarters for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). It serves JTA bus routes, the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Trans

The joint design/build firm of Pond | Michael Baker International partnered with the JTA on the construction of the facility, located at 100 LaVilla Center Drive in the historic LaVilla neighborhood of Downtown Jacksonville.

The Engineering Excellence Awards acknowledges Florida engineering firms for their innovative applications and elaborate projects. This year, five grand and six honor awards will be presented at the 2021 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference Banquet held August 6, 2021 at The Breakers Palm Beach. One “Grand Conceptor” award winner will be chosen from the grand awards as the overall best engineering project from the state of Florida and the recipient will be announced during the banquet.

All grand award winners may also participate nationally in the 2021 American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award competition known as “the Academy Awards of the engineering industry.”

The ACEC-FL Public Relations Committee selected an illustrious board of judges representing government, transportation, education, environmental/water resources, geotechnical, public works, and real estate/land development. The judges included: JC Arteaga, AIA, NCARB, CBO,CGC, TBI,BCO, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA, HNTB Corporation; Cassandra Borchers, AICP, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Curtis Burkett, PE LEED AP, City of Daytona Beach; Dameion Donaldson, PE, Electrical Design Associates, Inc.; Will Hawthorne, PE, Central Expressway Authority; and Terry Puckett, PE, Florida Department of Transportation District I and VII.

The judges rated projects and studies based on uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owners’ needs, including schedule and budget. A special thank you to ACEC-FL Public Relations Chair Jennifer Nix-McGerald of WGI, Inc. for facilitating this competition.

GRAND firm/projects

CHW Professional Consultants

City of Gainesville CRA South Main Street Improvement (Destination South Main)

Client: City of Gainesville/CRA

Category H: Transportation



SR 528 (Beachline) Widening

Client: Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Category H: Transportation


EAC Consulting, Inc.

MDX - SR 836 Operational, Capacity and Interchange Improvements

Client: Enrique Crooks PE

Category I: Special Projects


McKim & Creed, Inc.

Tampa Bay Next I-275 Corridor

Client: Florida Department of Transportation, District 7

Category D: Surveying/Mapping Technology


Pond | Michael Baker International JV

Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla

Client: Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Category H: Transportation




Casselberry City Center Mixed Use Development

Client: City of Casselberry

Category I: Special Projects



Alachua County Public Schools Mobile Wi-Fi Distribution

Client: Alachua County Public Schools

Category D: Surveying/Mapping Technology


Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

SR 26/West Newberry Road Corridor PD&E Study

Client: Florida Department of Transportation, District 2

Category A: Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering



Osceola Parkway Interchange

Client: Reedy Creek Improvement District

Category H: Transportation



Rehabilitation of North Airfield at FLL

Client: Broward Count Aviation Department

Category H: Transportation


SCS Engineers

Countyline Corporate Park

Client: Flagler East Coast Industries

Category E: Environmental