The American Society of Civil Engineers honored the Marin County Civic Center Drive Circulation Improvements Project with a 2017 San Francisco Section Award in the “Outstanding Transportation Project” category. County officials received the award during a ceremony on Thursday, September 14.
The ASCE award recognizes innovative endeavors that showcase advances in the design and construction of any mode of transportation, including roads, freeways and rail.
Harris & Associates was responsible for preparing the design package for the $6 million project and coordinating environmental, landscape, traffic, geotechnical and survey subconsultants along with the County, the City of San Rafael, Caltrans, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Agricultural Institute of Marin and several other partners.
The project added numerous multimodal improvements to welcome all users to this cultural attraction, whether they are in vehicles, on bicycle, on foot or riding public transportation. The enhancements included a new roundabout, buffered bike lanes, wide sidewalks and wayfinding signage. It also incorporated environmental features, such as bio-retention areas to treat stormwater runoff, energy-efficient street lighting and reclaimed water collection for irrigation.
“The whole team worked hard to stay on schedule against some unique obstacles, like the design coordination between numerous agencies and avoiding the breeding season of an endangered bird species,” said Jasmine Cuffee, PE, QSD, project engineer from Harris. “The end result represents the best in both accessibility and sustainability.”
The Harris team extends its congratulations to Marin County and all project partners on this impressive award.