The reconstruction of flood-damaged Minnesota Highway 210 won a National Honor Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) Engineering Excellence awards contest.
ACEC recognized more than 196 engineering achievements in this year’s competition. Award criteria included originality, technical innovation, and social and economic value, as well as generating excitement for the engineering profession. Winners were honored May 7 at a gala held during the ACEC annual convention in Washington, D.C.
Barr, based in Minneapolis with an office of more than 120 in Duluth, was part of a design-build team that also included construction contractor Veit and Co. and transportation engineer SRF Consulting.
The project repaired 74 failed slopes and rebuilt 3.5 miles of scenic highway that had been damaged by massive rain-induced slides in 2012. Barr served as the lead and geotechnical engineers in the rebuild, providing geotechnical investigations of the failed slopes, developing stabilization designs, developing a comprehensive and innovative remote instrumentation and monitoring system, and providing environmental compliance assistance to support construction. The highway, which travels through Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton County, re-opened in 2017.
Barr is an employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting firm that works with public and private clients who develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources. Barr has more than 800 employees and offices in Minneapolis, Duluth and Hibbing, Minnesota; Bismarck, North Dakota; Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jefferson City, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado; and Calgary, Alberta.