SEH Receives Four Engineering Excellence Awards from ACEC-Minnesota, Including Two Grand Awards

February 26, 2021

Four SEH projects received engineering excellence honors during the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota’s (ACEC-MN) 54th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Program on February 26.

SEH received the Grand Award for the Duluth Sky Harbor Airport in Duluth, and the new Northern Metal Shredder Site in Becker. Honor awards were given to two more SEH projects: the Owasso Boulevard North Reconstruction in Shoreview, and The Ledge Amphitheater in Waite Park.

ACEC-MN’s Awards Program recognizes engineering achievements that “exhibit the highest degree of merit and ingenuity.” Entries were judged by an objective panel based on “originality and innovation; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and meeting the client’s needs.”


Duluth Sky Harbor Airport – City of Duluth

Duluth Sky Harbor Airport
Duluth Sky Harbor Airport

Duluth Airport Authority's Sky Harbor Airport Runway Relocation effort protected 27 acres of vulnerable forest, nurtured local wildlife and ensured the safety of all airport users. The project involved rotating the runway by 5 degrees into Lake Superior, creating 7 acres of new land in the process.

We’re thrilled with the results of a decade plus of engaging community conversations and stakeholder relations. Combine this with innovative engineering and construction solutions and it’s a win for aviation, the community and the natural environment.

Over the course of the 13-year project, SEH facilitated a complex environmental review, permitting, mitigation, design and construction process for maintaining this airport within and adjacent to protected and regulated natural resources.

The SEH team minimized impacts to airport users through a unique phasing plan, which kept the runway open through nearly all of construction. The project team avoided construction impacts to a 5-mile residential street, a historic lift bridge and Duluth’s tourist district by barging 210,000 tons (12,500 truckloads) of material to the site. Barging this material also saved 50,000 gallons of fuel.

Learn more about the Duluth Sky Harbor Airport Runway Relocation project.


Northern Metal New Shredder Site – City of Becker

Northern Metals Shredder Site
Northern Metal Shredder Site

Northern Metal Recycling (Northern Metals) selected SEH to design and construct a state-of-the-art metal shredder facility which includes a ferrous downstream and nonferrous recovery plant. The new steel shredder is one of the largest shredders in the country – and the only fully enclosed facility of its kind in the U.S. All processing is done within buildings, with all emissions sent through control equipment before discharge. The shredder can turn full-size vehicles into 3 in. pieces in about 8 seconds, then separate waste from recyclable product using some of the most sophisticated technology and programming available.

This project has the features of a truly innovative metal recycling site. The ability to provide so many different processes while complying with environmental standards makes this site one of a kind.

As overall project manager, the SEH team provided preliminary design for the site layout – incorporating civil, architectural, structural, geotechnical, electrical and HVAC services. The SEH team also provided Resident Project Representative (RPR) services, construction administration and staking.

Learn more about the Northern Metal New Shredder Site project.


Owasso Boulevard North Reconstruction – City of Shoreview

Owasso Boulevard North Reconstruction
Owasso Boulevard North Reconstruction

The Owasso Boulevard North Reconstruction Project is the largest reconstruction project in the City of Shoreview’s history – improving safety and quality of life for pedestrians, drivers and the community as a whole. The project involved reconstruction of approximately 1.25 miles of roadway of Owasso Boulevard North from Victoria Street North to Soo Street. The roadway serves as a main thoroughfare to residential neighborhoods, adjacent residential properties and Lake Owasso County Park.

The success of the largest and most visible reconstruction project in the City of Shoreview’s history can’t be taken lightly, especially as a joint project between the City, County and watershed district. We’re honored to be part of the innovative team that pulled it off.

The project provided necessary improvements to the roadway, pedestrian facilities and underlying public utilities. It was a partnership between the City, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District, SEH and additional teaming partners.

Learn more about the Owasso Boulevard North Reconstruction project.


The Ledge Amphitheater – City of Waite Park

Ledge Amphitheater
The Ledge Amphitheater

The Ledge Amphitheater project is an example of capitalizing on opportunities presented by abandoned granite quarries in Central Minnesota, an area known for its quantity and quality of granite. The City of Waite Park used 20 acres of land donated by a local quarry owner to create a 5,000-seat, open-air amphitheater that is now a community asset.

This abandoned granite quarry set the stage for our team’s creative solutions to make the City’s vision a reality. People will be drawn to this site for years to come. We’re grateful to have played a part in it.

SEH and Oertel Architects partnered with the City to lead this complex project. SEH led the civil engineering efforts, Oertel led the architectural design, and City staff played an instrumental role in moving this project from an idea to a completed, unique amphitheater that engages the natural beauty of Central Minnesota. The collaboration of the entire team made it possible to implement innovative features into the amphitheater's design and transform this abandoned quarry.

Learn more about The Ledge Amphitheater project.

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