The Village of Shiloh and SCI Engineering Inc. have received a 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois Engineering Excellence Award for the mitigation project at Three Springs Park.
The Engineering Excellence Awards Competition recognizes projects of engineering achievement by Illinois consulting engineering firms.
Entries are judged on the basis of engineering excellence, the degree to which the client’s needs are met, and the benefits to the public welfare and private practice of engineering.
The award ceremony took place Feb. 11 at the Marriott Conference Center in Normal. Ill.
“It’s always a privilege to be honored by your peers,” Norm Etling, village engineer, said. “The Three Springs at Shiloh wetland and stream mitigation project (was) a welcome addition to the village, and a true amenity for our residents to enjoy.”
Last year, Shiloh contracted with SCI, based in O’Fallon, to create a wetlands at Three Springs Park, located at Three Springs Park, located at 2250 Frank Scott Parkway East.
SCI turned the six acre tract of land by the park into an amenity for the village.
The six-acre tract of land was used for the constructed emergent, scrub-shrub and forested wetland and stream channel design reconnecting two streams to their floodplain. SCI and the village were also recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last year for contributions to the environment and local community.
SCI Vice President Mike Hartoin said SCI is honored to be recognized by a prestigious organization, such as ACEC, as well as by our colleagues within in the engineering consulting industry.
“But, the real satisfaction comes from being able to assist the village of Shiloh turn an under-utilized portion of their park into an amenity for their citizens, while at the same time benefiting the environment,” he said.
The ACEC Competition recognized projects of engineering achievement by Illinois consulting engineering firms. Entries are judged on the basis of engineering excellence, the degree to which the client's needs are met, and the benefits to the public welfare and private practice of engineering.
Three levels of awards were presented.
The highest award, the Eminent Conceptor Award, chosen from the Honor Awards and announced at the Awards Luncheon, recognizes an engineering achievement which demonstrates a high degree of merit and ingenuity, contributes to the advancement of the private practice of engineering, and enhances the economic and social welfare of the general public.
Honor Awards are given for those projects which recognized for exceptional engineering that meet the needs of the client and benefit the public welfare.
Special Achievement Awards were given for those projects worthy of special recognition of the engineer and the owner/client for achieving engineering excellence; and
Merit Awards are given for those projects worthy of recognition for the engineer and the owner/client.
Last May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognized SCI and Shiloh for developing a wetland and storm water management plan that blended the creation of a lake and wetlands and provides drainage from runoff storm water at Three Springs Park.
According to te U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project was an excellent example of how development, storm water management, and environmental restoration can work together.
According to Hartoin, this isn’t the first time SCI Engineering has earned recognition for projects completed.
“(We’re) an award-winning firm, earning both company and project awards from various prestigious agencies since our founding in 1978,” Hartoin said. “Most notably,
SCI received an award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District on May 28, 2015 for our efforts on the Three Springs project.”
According to Hartoin, the award states ‘SCI Engineering, Inc. for superior support and contributions which greatly enhanced the Three Springs Park Wetland Mitigation Project.’
“As a whole, we have submitted projects in the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award competition for both Missouri and Illinois since 2005, and have attained recognition at various levels, including a Grand Award in 2010 that achieved National Finalist status,” Hartoin said.
Etling said Three Spring Park will feature a wildlife habitat, and provide recreation and educational opportunities for individuals and civic groups or local schools.
“Instead of designing a typical storm water detention basin or going to an off-site mitigation facility, SCI took the time and creative steps to identify a site that would not only meet the base requirements, but would also add value to the village as a whole,” he said.
Etling said the village will benefit from the natural functions of the constructed wetland such as flood storage, groundwater recharge, diverse wildlife habitat and aesthetics for the residents who visit the park.
“The wetland provides habitat for Illinois flora and fauna in a region where much of the natural wetland areas have been converted to farming or industry,” he said.
“In addition, there are benefits from using the area as a stopover for migratory bird populations. Multiple nesting waterfowl, as well as egrets and great horned owls, have been observed.”
Etling said the village plans to construct wood duck boxes, bluebird boxes and bat boxes around the wetland to encourage more wildlife use.
“SCI exceeded our expectations in their goal to provide wetland and stream mitigation. The stream stabilization and restoration components of the project will help improve local water quality too,” Etling said.
With a total of 45 firms being recognized at the ACEC banquet in Normal, Ill., Shiloh was among three to have entered projects and won awards in the Environmental category, according to Hartoin.
“What a pleasure it was working with Norman Etling and Mayor Jim Vernier at the village of Shiloh throughout this entire process,” Hartoin said. “It was fantastic to see the vision they have for this site, and the benefits it can bring to those in the community.”