Fairfax, Va. — Dewberry recently took home two merit awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia for its work at the University of Virginia, as well as for the widening project along I-64 in Newport News.

Dewberry’s Richmond-based site and civil engineering group designed a new 35-kilovolt underground ductbank system for the University of Virginia in support of the university’s need to minimize weather-related power outages across the campus, which includes a hospital as well as research and educational facilities. Since the installation, university officials and Dominion Energy report that they have realized a nearly 90 percent reduction in power outages.

“We established a strong partnership with Dominion to approach the issues and established a solution of putting in an underground service,” said Don Sundgren, associate vice president and chief facilities officer for the University of Virginia. “We selected early on that we wanted Dewberry to be our partner with this project as a design consultant.”

Additionally, the firm’s Fairfax-based transportation team provided design services for the I-64 Segment I widening project, alongside teaming partner Shirley Contracting Company, LLC. The 5-mile roadway has been widened from four to six lanes, easing congestion along the heavily used interstate in Newport News.

“This team was innovative, cooperative, and provided high-quality workmanship, and I was grateful to have been a part of the effort,” said Janet Hedrick, PE, Virginia Department of Transportation, Hampton Roads District Major Projects senior project manager.

Publication date: 2/20/2019

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