NEW YORK and MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 30, 2014 — Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney were awarded an Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam during the association’s awards gala on April 29.

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Since its opening on March 29, 2013, the Dragon Bridge has become an icon to the community of Da Nang. The 666-meter structure links the city with the developing eastern sectors and the region’s world-renowned beach resorts. Illuminated by 15,000 LED lights that allow it to change color at night, the bridge also breathes fire and water on weekends, drawing thousands of domestic and international visitors. The Da Nang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism anticipates that the bridge will attract around 3 million tourists to the city this year.

"This bridge has become the pride of the city, and I believe it will become the new symbol of Da Nang," said Dr. Vo Duy Khuong, vice chairman of the People's Committee of Da Nang City. "This prestigious recognition has elevated the city's profile and will help increase Da Nang's economic and social growth."

The client, the Da Nang People’s Committee, selected Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney’s design of a low-deck bridge modeled after a dragon flying across the Han River after an international design competition.

“It isn’t often that you find clients bold enough to stretch the creative limits of engineering design,” said Nick Masucci, Louis Berger president and CEO. “We are proud that Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney’s inventive, yet culturally significant design was the one selected by the Da Nang People’s Committee.”

The Engineering Excellence Awards competition celebrates the most outstanding project achievements in the field of engineering around the world and has been called the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry.” 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.

The award is Louis Berger’s first Grand Award in the annual ACEC national competition since 2004.

About Louis Berger
Louis Berger is a $1 billion global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world.

Louis Berger operates on every habitable continent. We have a long-standing presence in more than 50 nations, represented by the multidisciplinary expertise of nearly 6,000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners.

About Ammann & Whitney
Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers, PC is a structural engineering, architecture and construction services firm serving public and private sector clients worldwide. Founded in New York City in 1946, the firm has received hundreds of awards for engineering and design excellence, and has been consistently recognized for technical innovation, integrity and achievement, with an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. Ammann & Whitney is privileged to have been associated with the design and upgrade of many of our nation’s most notable landmarks, including the Verrazano Narrows, George Washington, Triborough and Golden Gate Bridges; Statue of Liberty; U.S. Capitol Building; Lincoln Center; Washington, D.C. Metro; and Washington Dulles and JFK International Airports.