ACEC New York Recognizes Erdman Anthony with Engineering Excellence Award

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 29 — The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York has announced that Erdman Anthony will receive a Silver Award at the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards. The firm will be recognized in the category of water resources for its work on a large water transmission main and valve rehabilitation project in Buffalo. 

The Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to projects that encompass both the public- and private-sectors in the following categories: studies, research, and consulting services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; energy; industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities; and special projects. 

All winners will be honored at the 50th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, which will take place at the Hilton Midtown in New York City on April 1, 2017. This event is co-sponsored by the ACEC New York Scholarship Fund, and, in conjunction with the gala, ACEC’s scholarship program will award more than $50,000 to New York state engineering students. 

For its award-winning project, Erdman Anthony was retained by the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets’ Division of Water and the Buffalo Water Board. The firm completed the preliminary investigations, design, construction administration, and construction inspection for the Elmwood Avenue Transmission Main/Large Valves II project.  This ongoing program of replacing key components of the water system helps Buffalo maintain its system and historic architectural treasures.

This ambitious project called for the replacement of a key component of the city’s transmission system as well as replacements/rehabilitations of strategic large pipe appurtenances across the city, in a variety of locations.  Many of these locations were adjacent to landmark structures critical to Buffalo’s historical record.

Each year, over 60 member firms submit projects to ACEC New York that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria that includes complexity, innovation, and value to society. These projects are judged by a panel of industry experts that includes military and government officials, ACEC national and international leadership, educators from colleges’ and universities’ engineering departments, and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment. Awards are distributed based on the average scores received by these judges and are assigned one of four levels (in ascending order): Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. The top-rated Diamond Award project that is designed and built entirely within New York state will earn the Empire Award, which will be announced during the gala. In addition to celebrating among peers, the Engineering Excellence Awards help to publicize the many significant contributions consulting engineers make to the built environment throughout the world. A full list of winning projects will be available on the ACEC New York website in early 2017. 

Tickets and sponsorships for the April 1 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala are now available; visit to download the sponsorship guide or contact (518) 452-8611 for more information. 

For over 60 years, Erdman Anthony has provided infrastructure engineering and support services to private industry and government clients. The firm employs over 250 people, including 70 professional engineers and licensed land surveyors, throughout its offices in Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester, New York; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Portland, Maine. The multidisciplinary firm has six core businesses of integrated engineering expertise: transportation engineering, geospatial services, civil engineering, construction services, facilities engineering and design services, and oil and gas services. Our quality management system is independently certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. 

ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of 290 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Its shared goals are to further the business interests of its membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment where its members live and work, and help ensure the vitality of communities. For more information, visit