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Birnamwood Dr. Honored With 2014 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award of Merit

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October 16, 2014

Contact: Annemarie Gasser, Communications Manager, ASCE Texas Section Office: (512) 472-8905;

Birnamwood Drive Extension Honored With 2014 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award of Merit 

GALVESTON - The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored the Birnamwood Drive Extension project with the 2014 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award of Merit. The Texas OCEA Award may be given on an annual basis to a project that demonstrates the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and to society which was designed and or built in Texas.


Harris County Public Infrastructure Department (HCPID)'s Birnamwood Drive Extension was engineered by Klotz Associates, Inc. to incorporate low-impact development (LID) principles, becoming the first public roadway in the Houston region to do so as well as a benchmark for the Harris County Low-Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Design Criteria for Storm Water Management (2011). The extension comprises a north-south four-lane roadway just under a mile long, which relieves congestion associated with access to Pundt Park and improves storm water quality through a median bioswale of native vegetation which mixes natural and engineered elements to provide on-site detention, utilizing underground rain tanks that collect and slowly release filtered water at outfall locations. Architect – Knudson, LP (Houston, TX) – designed the streetscape.


The general contract for the construction of the extension was awarded jointly to D&W Contractors, Inc (Channelview, TX) and BIO Landscape and Maintenance (Houston, TX), who built the roadway and installed the ideal low-maintenance solution for vegetated areas respectively. Sustainable construction methods were utilized such as the reuse and recycling of materials. The project is a model of sustainability – a successful implementation of a more environmentally respectful approach to roadway construction which is also less costly to build and maintain, paving the way for roadway projects to run 15% below cost of traditional methods.


The ASCE Texas Section is one of the largest and most active sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers with over 9,000 members. Established in 1913, the Texas Section is headquartered in Austin, comprises 15 Branches throughout Texas and 17 Student Chapters at the state’s leading universities and is committed to promoting, encouraging and recognizing civil engineering excellence and professional growth.



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