SEH Receives Four Engineering Excellence Awards, Including Best of State from ACEC-WI

February 22, 2021

Four SEH projects were honored in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin’s (ACEC-WI) 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards.

ACEC-WI presented SEH with the exclusive Best of State Award for its work bringing together the City of Shell Lake, Washburn County and a private medical clinic to jointly redevelop two prime downtown blocks in this northwestern Wisconsin community. 

What really makes this project special is the collaboration between all three parties. It would have been easy for each entity to proceed with their individual projects on their own. By working together, everybody got better value and long-term results from the improvements to the downtown.

Three SEH projects were honored with State Finalist Awards. The projects include two in Delafield – the Bark River Restoration and the Golf Road and Golf Court Roundabout – and the County Trunk Highway (CTH) GI Reconstruction in La Crosse County.

To celebrate Engineers Week, ACEC-WI presents its annual awards to projects that exhibited "exceptional engineering design [and that also] strengthened our infrastructure, enhanced public safety and bolstered the economy."


Best of State Award: Shell Lake Redevelopment
City of Shell Lake

Shell Lake Redevelopment
Shell Lake Redevelopment
SEH benefitted not only the clients but also the citizens of Shell Lake and the region by expanding jobs and access to the medical services within the community. The reimagined multi-block area offers an improved user experience for employees and visitors to downtown Shell Lake.
Errin Welty, Awards judge

Best of State Awards recognize projects that demonstrate ideas and innovations in engineering and are deemed eligible to compete at the national level.

The Shell Lake Redevelopment project reinvigorated two downtown blocks of this northwest Wisconsin community, keeping many jobs from leaving the City and helping a medical center build a helipad and improve patient access. SEH administered a joint developers' agreement between the City of Shell Lake, Washburn County and Indianhead Medical Center (IMC) to coordinate each entity's redevelopment and expansion projects. This agreement addressed two important components of the project: dividing up costs for municipal improvements and staging construction to avoid conflicts while meeting each project's schedule.

Learn more about the Shell Lake Downtown Redevelopment project.


State Finalist Award: Bark River Restoration
City of Delafield

Bark River Restoration
Bark River Restoration
This was more than just a river restoration project. So much more went into it, from enhancing the trail system to improving the park to improving ADA accessibility.

The project began as a volunteer effort by Delafield’s Friends of the Bark River community group to clean up the river and create a more accessible and inviting downtown. As goals expanded, the City of Delafield became involved and grew the project scope exponentially to include riverbank restoration, park development and burying an exposed freshwater feed pipe crossing the river. SEH worked with the City to factor in many different visions and make the project a success, creating unique recreational opportunities, improving the environmental impact and enhancing aesthetics.

Learn more about the Bark River Restoration project.


State Finalist Award: Golf Road and Golf Court Roundabout
City of Delafield

Golf Road Roundabout and Golf Court Roundabout
Golf Road and Golf Court Roundabout
From the start, the entire team took a long-term view of what this project needed to provide. With this approach, we were able to find the right solution with the roundabout and then construct the project on an accelerated schedule.

The City of Delafield partnered with SEH to reconstruct an already busy intersection in eight months when a developer planned to build a new restaurant and retail development that would attract additional automobile traffic. The development’s opening date was coming up quickly, so accelerated project construction was necessary. Yet, the City was committed to positioning the community to thrive and knew this was an important development. 

Learn more about the Golf Road and Golf Court Roundabout project.


State Finalist Award: County Trunk Highway GI Reconstruction
La Crosse County

County Trunk Highway GI Reconstruction
It is not every day that you have a transportation project that includes components like boat launches or floating docks. It was great to see these elements come together for such a unique reconstruction project. 

SEH was selected by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and project owner La Crosse County Highway Department to provide construction administration and oversight to reconstruct a highly complex 2.5-mile segment that leads to and loops through Goose Island County Park and Campground, situated in the backwaters of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin. The highway segment was very narrow and surrounded by wetlands much of the way, causing safety concerns for pedestrians, bikers, anglers and motorists.

Learn more about the County Trunk Highway GI Reconstruction project.

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