Underground Construction Association announces award winners and project of the year, Northern Boulevard Crossing

Updated May 17, 2018

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The Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (UCA of SME) announced the recipients of its top awards. The following awards will be presented during the North American Tunneling Conference on June 26, 2018:

Dr. Harvey Parker.Dr. Harvey Parker.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Harvey Parker — for his contributions to the U.S. and global tunneling industry for over five decades and recognition of his initiatives in public awareness of the role of tunneling and underground space in our everyday lives. His outstanding achievements include seeking advances in new methods, materials, and advancing the public understanding and concurrence with the beneficial uses of underground space.

Dr. Priscilla Nelson.Dr. Priscilla Nelson.

Outstanding Educator Award: Dr. Priscilla Nelson — for her contributions in the field of tunneling and her dedication to the education of a new generation of engineers specialized in underground construction and tunneling in the U.S. She is also being recognized for her initiatives as a role model and inspiration for young female students pursuing advanced degrees in the field of tunneling.

Dave Klug.Dave Klug.

Outstanding Individual Award: David Klug — for his contributions to the tunneling industry and leadership involvement in UCA of SME, and for his significant contributions to the field of tunneling and underground construction and to UCA of SME during the last two to five years, as well as sustained involvement in UCA of SME activities and its various committees.

Project of the Year Award: Northern Boulevard Crossing – Schiavone/Kiewit, AJV, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, NYCMTA Capital Construction. At 85 feet below ground level, the Northern Boulevard Crossing was recognized as the most technically challenging aspect of New York City MTA’s East Side Access project.

“The Northern Boulevard Crossing was probably the most challenging 125 feet of tunnel ever undertaken in New York,” said Paul C. Schmall, Senior Vice President, Moretrench, in a company press release. “It was a great team effort that allowed several first-time technical achievements to make the whole thing possible.”