Building & Earth is excited to announce it was recently honored at two American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) ceremonies for its geotechnical consulting work on the Vesta high-rise apartment development in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
Building & Earth was first awarded an Engineering Excellence Honor at the Alabama ACEC chapter’s 2019 ceremony. President Jeff Cowen then traveled to ACEC’s National Convention and Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. where the company was awarded a National Recognition 2019 Engineering Excellence award at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala. “There were many excellent projects represented in this year’s ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards, and we are very honored to have been included” said Cowen.
Owned by Harbert Realty and Cortland Partners, the Vesta project is an approximately 390,000-square-foot, 18-story, high-rise and 5-story, mid-rise apartment development in the Five Points area of Birmingham. The project is the tallest concrete structure built in Birmingham in 30 years.
When completed, the building will house 318 luxury units, a rooftop pool, exercise facility, yoga and Pilates center and a club lounge. BL Harbert is the general contractor on the project. Building and Earth provided a full range of geotechnical services on the Vesta project, including geotechnical exploration, value engineering consultation, materials testing, and Special Inspections per IBC.
The purpose of ACEC’s Engineering Excellence awards is to recognize engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of innovation, achievement, value and engineering innovation. Building & Earth was recognized for the Geotechnical Engineering portion of the project, which included exploration, analysis and consultation during the foundation installation phase of the project.