Geotechnology Receives Honor Award for Excellence in Engineering for New NPRC Facility

St. Louis, MO, February 2012– Geotechnology won the Honor Award in the Special Projects Category in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri (ACEC-MO) Engineering Excellence competition for their work on the New National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) facility in North St. Louis County.

Geotechnology’s role in the project was to provide geotechnical solutions for a challenging site and assist in keeping the project on schedule. The site contained steep changes in topography, two active drainage ravines, and soft and wet soils. Geotechnology’s innovative solution combined two methods of site and soil remediation, which reduced construction time and improved the shear strength of the soil. Also, the chemical reaction produced enough heat to keep the ground from freezing allowing construction to continue through the winter months.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) largest U.S. records facility outside of Washington D.C. The new facility will house more than 100 million official military personnel files, organizational and auxiliary files and official personnel folders of former civilian federal personnel who separated before 1973. Previously, NARA operations were located in the Federal Records Center on Page Avenue in St. Louis County.

American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri (ACEC-MO) is an organization of professional engineering firms in private practice and was incorporated in 1955.

Since 1984, Geotechnology has been providing professional engineering and environmental services for a broad range of projects in applied earth and environmental sciences, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, non-destructive testing, geophysics, drilling, soil and rock testing, and construction observation. Geotechnology has offices in St. Louis, MO; Collinsville, IL; Overland Park, KS; and Memphis, TN.


Geotechnology Wins Prestigious Civil Engineering Award (September 2008)

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-St. Louis presented Geotechnology, Inc. with the 2008 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award at its annual dinner on September 12. The award is presented annually for an engineering project that demonstrates a contribution to the community, resourcefulness in planning and innovation in design and construction.

Geotechnology was also recognized for its work on a 25-story hotel and nine-story parking garage for the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles with both ASCE’s 2008 Outstanding Project Award and a Grand Award from ACEC-MO’s 2007 Excellence in Engineering Awards. Ameristar originally had plans to build on a Missouri River floodplain where underlying sandy soils would be potentially liquefiable during an earthquake. Using conventional methods, a seismically safe foundation would have been very costly and delayed the target completion date. Geotechnology’s engineers analyzed a ground improvement package that made the soil dense enough to support the hotel and parking garage on more shallow foundations. This resulted in a safer building and a significant savings of time and money.

Geotechnology Wins ACEC Missouri Grand Award for Subsurface Utility Engineering Project (February 2008)

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri awarded Geotechnology a 2008 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for its project entry, “Subsurface Utility Engineering for 226 Bridges.” As part of their Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program, MoDOT contracted Geotechnology to perform subsurface utility engineering to locate and map utilities around 226 bridges within 20 counties in Northwest Missouri. Geotechnology designed and executed a protocol to quickly and efficiently accomplish site research, SUE Quality Level B geophysical surveying, land surveying and drawing preparation for each of the remote bridge locations during harsh winter weather. MoDOT required a total of 226 utility drawings and supporting field notes a mere 70 days after project launch. Geotechnology completed the project within schedule parameters as well as under budget. MoDOT was able to use the utility maps in the project bidding process, which resulted in more accurate, competitive bids and possible reduction of costs for future design and construction. This project approach provides a framework for future SUE services on large, time-sensitive design-build projects.

Phil Jozwiak, P.E. receives Outstanding Professional Engineer in Private Practice Award-2008 from MSPE (February 2008)

Phil Jozwiak received the distinguished Outstanding Professional Engineer in Private Practice Award-2008 from the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). Jozwiak, a 1966 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla, has practiced engineering for 42 years. As vice president of transportation and infrastructure at Geotechnology, his duties include directing and overseeing large-scale projects like airports, mass transit, federal and state environmental programs, military bases and municipal planning. His past projects include roads, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants and transmission facilities. As a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Illinois, Jozwiak is an active member of the Missouri Transportation and Development Council, the Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri, the American Public Works Association (APWA), the Water Environment Federation, the Missouri Association of Sewer Districts and the ACEC-Missouri. He is a past president of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-St. Louis Section and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)-St. Louis Post.

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