Restoring the Everglades

Burns & McDonnell and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), partners in the pioneering Everglades restoration effort, earned the American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC) 2005 Grand Conceptor Award. This award is the top prize in ACEC's Engineering Excellence Awards program, often billed as the Academy Awards of engineering. The Grand Conceptor honors the most innovative engineering achievement of the year.

Burns & McDonnell, founded in 1898, received the Grand Conceptor for the first time in its history. Click here to see a list of other awards Burns & McDonnell has recently won. Burns & McDonnell has been involved in the Everglades Construction Project (ECP) since 1989.

The 2005 Grand Conceptor Award honored Burns & McDonnell for the design and construction of Stormwater Treatment Area 3/4 (STA 3/4) of the ECP. The area covers 26.2 square miles, larger than the island of Manhattan.

At the black-tie ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards gala on April 11 in Washington, D.C., Galen Miller, associate vice president of the Burns & McDonnell Infrastructure Group, accepted the award.

"Burns & McDonnell is honored to be part of the ACEC Grand Conceptor tradition. It is humbling to be included in such an elite group," Miller said. "The Everglades is a national treasure, and we are proud to be a part of the ongoing work of the South Florida Water Management District, restoring the Everglades' health and ecological diversity."