Merit Engineering awarded “Best in State” Gold Award

Merit Engineering received the “Best in State” Gold Award for Technical Value to the Engineering Profession (Engineering Excellence Awards – 2004) from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington (ACEC Washingtion). The following is from the ACEC web site:

Gold Award for Technical Value to the Engineering Profession
Merit Engineering, Inc. – Western Washington University Communications Building and Student Center – Bellingham

Western Washington University’s planned Student Recreation Center required construction on an erratic bedrock subsurface that would most likely cause construction change orders and cost overruns. With impressive mathematic derivations, Merit Engineering recalculated the capability of drilled shaft and rock socket pillars to more closely match field conditions, proving their technical and economical feasibility. The firm’s new equations set an important baseline calculation for other projects to effectively use drilled shaft and rock socket pillars, and enabled Western Washington University to complete the project under budget and without construction