Abonmarche wins ‘Firm of the Year’ as ACEC hands out 2021 awards

LANSING–The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) has named Portage-based Abonmarche Consultants Inc. its 2021 “Firm of the Year,” part of its annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards Gala held alst week.

This is the highest ACEC/M honor bestowed and the only award program instituted to recognize ACEC/M member firms for their leadership in professional practice and community service.

Recognition is based on actions taken by a member firm to progressively develop its management practices and for assuming leadership roles in community outreach activities and ACEC/M programs that strengthen the profession for all members.

Abonmarche’s tradition of service dates back to 1979, when the company was first founded in Southwest Michigan. Now, with more than 40 years of experience and nine offices in Michigan and Indiana, Abonmarche has become a premier provider of a wide array of professional services, including engineering, architecture, and surveying in the public and private sectors.

Christopher Cook, PE, president of Abonmarche, has significantly contributed to the continued success of ACEC/M by serving on its board of directors, participating on several committees, and functioning as a liaison between ACEC/M and other organizations. Abonmarche is a consistent sponsor of ACEC/M events and regularly contributes to the ACEC national and state political action committees. Abonmarche employees are encouraged to be actively involved in community programs. Employees are given the opportunity to receive four hours of paid time off to volunteer.

Learn more about Abonmarche and other ACEC/M firms at www.acecmi.org.

ACEC also handed out its other awards at the virtual event, as follows:

The biggest award, the Engineering Eminent Concdeptor Award: Quandel Consultants Inc. for the Michigan Accelerated Rail Project, a $400 million, eight-year rail line improvement between Dearborn and Kalamazoo to allow trains to travel at up to 110 mph.

Six firms were honored with an Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award for their work on the following:
• AECOM (Traverse City) and Inter-Fluve (Lodi, WI) – Boardman River Dams Ecosystem Restoration in Traverse City
• Bergmann (Lansing) – Allen Creek Berm Opening in Ann Arbor
• SME (Plymouth) – Frank Rewold & Sons, Inc. Headquarters in Rochester
• SmithGroup (Detroit) – First Automotive Works Group Research & Development Campus in China
• SmithGroup (Detroit) – Zeiss Regional Headquarters in Wixom
• Wade Trim (Detroit) – Ford Dearborn Central Energy Plant Site in Dearborn

Engineering Merit Awards were presented to:
• C&S Companies (Livonia) – Terminal Apron Reconstruction and Expansion in Grand Rapids for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority
• Fleis & VandenBrink (Grand Rapids) – Clean Water A Flush Away for West Shore Community College in Scottville
• Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (Bloomfield Hills) – DTW Emergency Retaining Wall Repairs in Romulus for the Wayne County Airport Authority
• Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (Bloomfield Hills) – Innovation Hills project for the City of Rochester Hills
• NTH Consultants, Ltd. (Northville) – Livernois “Avenue of Fashion” Make-Over for the City of Detroit, Department of Public Works
• OHM Advisors (Livonia) – Auburn Road Reconstruction & Streetscape in Rochester Hills
• OHM Advisors (Livonia) – Utility Restructuring for Long-Term Success project in Taylor for the Downriver Utility Wastewater Authority
• Progressive AE (Grand Rapids), Moore + Bruggink (Grand Rapids) and Speck & Associates (Brookline, MA) – Envision Ada project for Ada Township
• Spicer Group, Inc. (Saginaw) – Universal Pump Station in Carrollton for the Saginaw County Public Works Commissioner
• Tetra Tech (Ann Arbor) – WRRF Headworks and Interceptor Improvements for the City of East Lansing
• Wightman (Kalamazoo) – Halbert Road Culvert in Battle Creek for the Calhoun County Road Department

This year’s Surveying Eminent Conceptor Award went to Fishbeck (Grand Rapids) and Tetra Tech (Ann Arbor) for their 8-1/2 Mile Relief Drain In-System Storage Scan project, which included scan and survey of a 4.5-mile municipal pipe to identify its location and elevation, determine invert elevation, and establish the size of taps and leads entering the pipe. The gathered data will be used to place in-system storage devices to store flow in the pipe during large rain events.

A Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award was presented to Spalding DeDecker (Rochester Hills) for the US-31 Bascule Bridge Design Survey in Manistee for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Surveying Merit Awards were presented to:
• Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc. (Shelby Township) – UAW Solidarity House Terrestrial & Aerial Scanning project in Detroit
• Surveying Solutions, Inc. (Standish) – UAV LiDAR: Expansive Topographic Monitoring project in Ontonagan County for the Michigan Department of Transportation

The Board Design Award went to AECOM (Traverse City) and Inter-Fluve (Lodi, Wis.) for their board designed to ‘tell the story’ of the Boardman River Dams Ecosystem Restoration in Traverse City.

This year’s ACEC/M Vernon B. Spalding Leadership Award was presented to Keith M. Swaffar, PE, of NTH Consultants, Ltd. to honor his outstanding leadership roles in ACEC and several community organizations. The ACEC/M Felix A. Anderson Image Award was presented to Kimberly K. Nowack, PE, of the Mackinac Bridge Authority for her actions and contributions to enhance the image of the profession.

The Eminent and Honorable Conceptor award winners are eligible to compete at the National ACEC engineering competition in Washington, D.C. For more information on the projects and award winners, please contact ACEC/M at 517.332.2066 or visit their web site at www.acecmi.org. The recording of the awards gala can be viewed at https://youtu.be/GcWFXP013Wk.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan is the voice of Michigan’s engineering industry. Council members, numbering over 100 firms throughout the state, are engaged in a wide range of engineering, architectural, and surveying works that propel the state’s economy and enhance and safeguard Michigan’s quality of life. These works allow people to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council’s mission is to contribute to Michigan’s prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.


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