New East Span Wins another Prestigious Engineering Award

SEAOC_Award092014Last week, we wrote about the newest in a series of plaudits that have been awarded to the New East Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. Today, a new honor joins the list.

According to a release from Caltrans, the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) announced the New East Span had won its annual “Excellence in Structural Engineering Award” during its 2014 convention.

In addition to SEAOC’s Excellence in Engineering Award, the New East Span has also garnered a number of other awards, including:

The New East Span has also been nominated as a finalist for the “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award” from the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as being one of “America’s Top 10 Transportation Projects” this year by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In a release by the Engineering Firm of Record T.Y. Lin International, President and CEO Alvaro Piedrahita said:

T.Y. Lin International is extremely pleased that the Structural Engineers Association of California has honored the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with this prestigious award… As Engineer of Record, we designed a signature structure that blends harmoniously with the Bay Area landscape while also setting the highest standards for seismic safety.

All these awards and commendations join the unanimous engineering consensus that the New East Span is durable, strong, and safe. For example, in August, Dr. Frieder Seible, Dean of Faculties of Engineering at Monash University, and Chair of the Bridge’s Seismic Safety Peer Review Panel said that:

…If I had to be here for the big earthquake, I would like to be on the Bay Bridge because I consider this one of the safest places in California to be.

And Dr. Sena Kumarasena, an independent engineering expert hired by the California State Senate to review the safety of the Bay Bridge, agreed:

When it comes to seismic safety of this bridge, I heard it being said that there is no question about it and I totally agree with that, especially when compared with the old bridge. This improves the seismic safety by leaps and bounds.

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