The MnSPE Awards luncheon returned to the calendar this year. The event highlighted MnSPE members and their professional accomplishments. MnSPE President David Fautsch, PE, presented the Engineer of the Year award to Kathryn Sarnecki, PE and the Young Engineer of the Year award to Rachel Origer Scheu.

2024’s Awards Event also saw the return of the MnSPE Project Awards. Past President Dave Martini, PE and Board Member Sarah Lloyd, PE, (both from Bolton and Menk) organized the Project Awards Competition. Winning projects included:

  • Stillwater Chestnut Street Plaza Project designed by TKDA and Associates.
  • Abbot Northwestern Pedestrian Skyway and the Project Team that included HGA, EVS, Mortenson and Jacobs
  • City of Robbinsdale Centralized Softening Water Treatment Project.
  • City of Anoka Project to make Hwy 10 /169 safer. There were more than 200 people on Bolton and Menk’s Anoka Project Team.

The awarded projects included a wide range of projects that illustrate the Professional Engineers’ focus on public health, safety and welfare.

The Chestnut Street Plaza Project in Stillwater, Minnesota designed by TKDA was selected because it benefits the overall welfare of the public.

The project created a plaza that reflects the historic character of downtown Stillwater and the Stillwater Lift Bridge and accommodates users with seating areas and site amenities in the context of the historic street grid.

The Plaza provides wider sidewalks, enhanced drainage, signage, and lighting, landscaping to soften the hardscape, spaces for gathering, and areas for pedestrians and bicycles to move safely and comfortably.

The Abbot Northwestern Pedestrian Skyway and the project team included HGA, EVS, Mortenson, and Jacobs.

The project was selected in part because it enhances pedestrian safety by separating pedestrian traffic from a busy street corridor.

The Pedestrian Skyway provides an equitable experience for all users. It improves access for people with physical disabilities by providing transport chairs to move people from the parking ramp to various hospital buildings.

This project was developed by multiple disciplinary teams that included structural, fire protection, and mechanical engineers.

The City of Robbinsdale Centralized Softening Water Treatment Project was led by Robbinsdale City Public Works Director/City Engineer Richard McCoy.

This project was recognized because of its contribution to protecting public health. This project is an example of a successful collaboration across disciplines including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering.

The collaboration led to sound technical solutions, and sparked innovation by uniting diverse perspectives. In addition to providing safe drinking water, this project provided additional benefits to the public by reducing chloride pollution from home water softeners.

The City of Anoka Highway 10/169 project was recognized in part because of its significant safety improvements that impact thousands of drivers and pedestrians every day.

The project is an excellent example of a local agency taking the lead on a project and building a coalition of support that provided a singular vision that all parties could support.

It was also an impressive effort to secure all funding for the $85 million project through continuous advocacy, numerous competitive awards, and commitments from project partners.

The Bolton and Menk Project team included more than 200 people who worked on the project.

The awards were given as part of an annual awards program MnSPE designed, to highlight projects that promote the health, safety, and public welfare, and to align with the professional engineering (PE) license.