HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Summit Design and Engineering Services, as the design and engineering consultant on Riverwalk (a recently opened urban greenway along the historic Eno River in downtown Hillsborough, N.C.), has garnered an ACEC/NC Engineering Excellence Award.
Summit's President, Jim Parker, along with Town of Hillsborough representatives and Summit engineers who worked on Riverwalk will attend ACEC/NC's Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 13, 2014 to receive this award. All winners will be honored at this formal event at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, and the exact award Summit garnered will be announced.Approximately 1.8 miles of paved and natural trails, the facility includes two pedestrian long-span boardwalk bridges and connects existing parks to downtown Hillsborough. It is Hillsborough’s contribution to the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a statewide pedestrian plan which will connect existing state parks and trail systems.
Summit performed a sweeping list of services on Riverwalk for the Town of Hillsborough, including site/civil, landscape architecture, construction management, survey, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and special inspections. As part of Summit’s project development, value engineering played a major role in Riverwalk. Provisions provided in contract documents generated The Hurley Group’s top down construction alternative, saving the town $30,000, shortening construction time by three months and preserving mature, native trees.
“Riverwalk is considered one of the greatest contributions to the sense of place and community in Hillsborough,” said Stephanie Trueblood, Town of Hillsborough Planner. Trueblood stated that Riverwalk has won a variety of awards and recognitions and has increased foot traffic to downtown businesses. “Conferences and events like food truck rodeos and local festivals, spurred by Riverwalk, are expected to increase in the future and contribute to economic development and vitality in Hillsborough.”
“Being headquartered in Hillsborough and having multiple staff members who are town residents, Summit project managers and engineers took great pride in enhancing downtown with the planning, design and delivery of Riverwalk,” said Jim Parker, Summit’s President and Hillsborough resident. “I am proud to accept this award on behalf of Summit and the Town of Hillsborough, as it is an accomplishment we have realized together.”