The No. 7 subway line extension, which connects Times Square to the new Hudson Yards development under construction on the west side of Manhattan, received three awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), including a national Grand Award.
The $2.4 billion, 1.5-mile extension, which opened in September, was also recognized by ACEC-New York with the Empire Award, honoring the top project of the year that was designed and built entirely within New York State. In addition, the project received the organization’s Diamond Award for transportation projects.
The annual ACEC competition recognizes outstanding projects designed by private practice engineering firms from across the country. National awards were presented during the organization’s 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards gala in Washington, D.C. on April 19. The New York awards were presented on March 19 in New York City.
The No. 7 subway line extension is a twin-tunnel system running from the previous terminus at Times Square, continuing west under West 41st Street and south under 11th Avenue to a new station at West 34th Street-Hudson Yards.
The No. 7 line provides access to Hudson Yards, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the High Line and the Hudson River waterfront.
Built 125 feet underground, the 34 Street-Hudson Yards Station is New York City Transit’s first new subway station in 25 years.
WSP led conceptual, preliminary and final design for the subway extension, assisted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in developing the phased construction program and contract packages, prepared the project’s eight-volume, 6,600-page environmental impact statement and provided construction support services. As a consultant to the contractor, the firm served as systems integrator, responsible for ensuring that mechanical-electrical-plumbing systems perform as designed.
Final design services included civil, structural, geotechnical, architectural, mechanical, electrical and communications design elements, as well as construction cost estimating and scheduling support services.
“We worked on this project from the early conceptual level, through the environmental process, the preliminary engineering, the final design and ultimately its construction,” said Erdem Dogan, project manager for WSP. “Given that investment, there is nothing more personally and professionally gratifying than working on a project that has such a significant positive impact on the public we serve.”
Peter Wahl preceded Dogan as the firm’s project manager.
The No. 7 Line extension project has earned several additional awards this year, including:
“The amount of development spurred by the No. 7 Line extension project, which is visible just outside our New York office, is truly impressive,” Dogan said. “Receiving these awards is a testament to the talent and passion that exists within WSP.”
Four other WSP projects received recognition from ACEC-NY as part of the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Those honored projects included: