Top AEC Firms

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    Sea breeze

    A Massachusetts town powers its facilities with a wind turbine.

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    Targeting Trouble Areas

    Washington, D.C., aims to tame speed demons with technology.

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    Gas ‘N Go

    Treatment plant to use renewable energy to power itself.

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    From Rails to Trails

    Project tunes the public into central Florida's history.

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    Dot Does ‘The Weave’

    Adding and braiding lanes increases interchange capacity by 50%.

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    Early Returns

    Five months into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, it's too early to tell how much impact the legislation has had. But with some projects under way, managers and manufacturers alike hope this is the beginning of a revitalized construction industry and the economy as a whole.

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    Trimming Travel Time

    Breaking the grip of gridlock in the nation's ninth-largest metropolitan area.

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    Progressive Partnerships

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    Switching Gears

    As the need for new infrastructure decreases, managers dedicate more dollars to rehabilitation. Click


    Every year PUBLIC WORKS magazine compiles its listing of the the top architecture, engineering and construction firms around the country. Use our archived collection of articles to read about previous and current firms that we have featured.

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    Reservoir Daisies

    Rather than buy land for a new reservoir, the city opted to revamp the existing one. Unfortunately, the public works staff didn't have the time or expertise to perform the work themselves.

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    Ahead of the Curve

    When one of the world's largest freight companies wants to expand its presence in your state, you don't say there's not enough time to build the roads that will lead to the new facility.

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    Life in the Fast Lane

    With the population of Fort Smith, Ark., expected to double to 300,000 over the next 40 years, utilities director Steve Parke had to find a way to provide the growing community with drinking water without affecting current supplies.

  • Lead by Example

    Engineers designed the 0.3 mgd Greater Bayfield Wastewater Treatment Plant (GBWWTP) with one goal in mind: to showcase environmentally friendly technologies as a state demonstration plant.

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    Bridging Controversy and Consensus

    The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) was faced with juggling competing demands in the reconstruction of two bridges feeding into Annapolis, the 350-year-old state capital. It sson became clear that garnering community support had to be the top priority.

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    Partners in Project Excellence

    Our third annual survey of the use of AEC firms by public agencies shows that the importance of the relationship between public works departments, continues to play a key role in the ability of infrastructure managers to meet the needs of their communities.

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    Finding function in an eyesore

    Before Heuser Park was built, the Schuylkill River area of Upper Merion Township, Pa., was unsightly and unusable. Nonetheless, the township saw potential in the area and partnered with Schoor DePalma to design a park for the community.

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    Limited space, unlimited potential

    Renovating and expanding a 75-year-old facility into a modern, state-of-the-art purification facility while maintaining the flavor of the existing architecture isn't as easy as it sounds, but it can be done.

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    Tunnel vision

    Homeowners don't like it when their basements repeatedly flood after heavy rains, and they don't want to hear excuses about poor sewer conditions. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) heard these complaints, and by 1998, the agency had made the Northwest Side Relief Sewer (NWSRS)...

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    Good communication improves safety

    Thanks to a newly constructed sidewalk in Algonquin Township, Ill., pedestrians along U.S. Route 14 between the villages of Cary and Fox River Grove will have a safer passageway.


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