Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney, a Louis Berger company, won a Diamond Award for engineering excellence in the category of structural systems from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York for the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam. The Diamond Award is the highest honor given for projects outside the state of New York.
The client, the Da Nang People’s Committee, selected Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney to design the bridge after an international design competition. The firms proposed a low-deck bridge with an at-grade western approach to preserve scenic views of the river and the city. The bridge’s single-arch support system is modeled after a dragon flying across the Han River. The 666-meter bridge opened on March 29, 2013 and draws hundreds of locals and visitors to its fire- and water-breathing shows on weekends.
ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards celebrate the most outstanding project achievements in the field of engineering around the world. Projects are judged based on originality, innovation, value to the public and the engineering profession, complexity, social and economic considerations, sustainability, and exceeding client needs.