Jimmy John's Field Earns ACEC Michigan Engineering Eminent Conceptor Award

Jimmy John's Field Earns ACEC Michigan Engineering Eminent Conceptor Award
Shelby Township, MI, March 21, 2017 --(PR.com)-- The American Council of Engineering Companies Michigan Chapter (ACEC/M) has awarded its most prestigious honor, the Engineering Eminent Conceptor Award, to Jimmy John’s Field.

The ACEC/M Awards Program recognized outstanding efforts of professional design firms to meet clients’ needs through exceptional projects, and offers the opportunity to showcase the year’s best engineering and surveying achievements to industry partners at all levels.

For decades, stakeholders could not overcome the real and perceived challenges of redeveloping the property that is now Jimmy John’s Field. Developing on an unregulated landfill meant unpredictable hurdles and extraordinary cost. The site included roughly 15 to 30 feet of buried waste and a 26,000-cubic yard pile of construction debris from a failed prior development. SME and the entire project team collaborated to design creative solutions to overcome significant environmental and geotechnical settlement challenges.

The transformation of this site into the $15 million minor league baseball stadium marks the largest redevelopment project the City of Utica has ever seen. It has spurred revitalization of the downtown business district, creating a destination where families gather, businesses thrive, and the community can enjoy its treasured natural resources along the Clinton River.

General Sports and Entertainment, Frank Rewold and Son, Inc., the City of Utica, Macomb County and other local supporters worked together to bring this project to life. With help from the City, Macomb County, State of Michigan, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the team secured $3 million in funding to address a host of environmental response measures and constructability issues associated with the former landfill.

“This team worked hard to deliver a project that not only addressed decades of neglect, but will enrich the community for generations to come,” said SME President and CEO Mark K. Kramer, PE. “SME is pleased to have collaborated with such a distinguished team, and honored that the team and project were recognized with this prestigious award.”

About ACEC Michigan: The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan is the voice of Michigan's engineering industry. Council members – numbering nearly 100 firms throughout the state – are engaged in a wide range of engineering/architectural/surveying works that propel the state's economy, and enhance and safeguard Michigan's quality of life. These works allow people to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council's mission is to contribute to Michigan's prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.

About SME: For more than 50 years, SME has provided engineering and scientific services for over 85,000 projects in the Great Lakes region and beyond. Whether developing a new site or redeveloping an existing brownfield site; constructing or rehabilitating infrastructure including roads and bridges and other utilities; or acquiring, rehabilitating or managing existing facilities, SME can help. SME specializes in geotechnical, environmental, pavement, building and construction materials, building enclosures and metals and coatings consulting and design services. The tougher the challenge, the more SME can help. For more information, visit www.sme-usa.com.
Kristyn Szerlag