Agency: 
American Society of Civil Engineers-National Capital Section (ASCE-NCS)
Client: 
National Park Service
DC Department of Transportation
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project: 
17th Street Levee | Washington, DC

Louis Berger received the 2017 Award of Merit for Outstanding Civil Engineering Project from the American Society of Civil Engineers-National Capital Section (ASCE-NCS) for its work on the 17th Street Levee in Washington, D.C. The award was presented at the ASCE-NCS Annual Awards Banquet on March 21, 2017.     

In collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS), District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Louis Berger provided design management and archaeological services for the 17th Street flood containment system.       

The 17th Street levee was constructed to reduce risk to human safety and critical infrastructure from flooding of the Potomac River. The levee is composed of concrete floodwalls with stone façades and a removable structure consisting of aluminum panels between steel posts. In the event of high water, the panels can be erected to attach to the floodwalls on both sides of 17th Street. 

The project met all the USACE and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards for the 100-year flood event, helping Washington, D.C., achieve one of its many resiliency goals.

Louis Berger also worked closely with the DC National Capital Planning Commission and the NPS National Capital Region to ensure that all area lighting, plantings, connecting walkway paths and stone material were carefully designed in harmony with adjacent monuments and existing landscape.

The ASCE-NCS Award recognizes local excellence in projects, engineers, and students who contribute to the profession and the community.