Louis Berger won a 2010 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New York Engineering Excellence Platinum Award in the environmental category for the Stewart International Airport Vernal Pools mitigation plan and wildlife passage design project in Orange County, New York. The mitigation plan and wildlife passage design project were conducted in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation's Stewart Airport Access Improvement Project, which consisted of four miles of local road improvements, four new bridges, a new interchange on I-84 and Drury Lane and a new two-lane airport access road.
The new roadway impacted wetlands for which wetland mitigation was provided within the nearby Stewart State Forest. To minimize impacts to wildlife, Louis Berger assisted in creating a mitigation plan to replace vernal pool habitats and installing wildlife passages to maintain connectivity of habitats on either side of the roadway, reduce the potential for wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve motorist safety. Louis Berger was the primary environmental consultant and designer, responsible for the biological assessments, regulatory permitting, vernal pool planning and design, amphibian barrier design, specifications and engineer’s estimate, wildlife passage preliminary design and validation, and long-term monitoring plan.
The ACEC New York Platinum Award is granted to projects that demonstrate qualities of uniqueness and originality, technical value to engineering profession, social and economic considerations, complexity and success in meeting client goals.