Genesis' Franklin Boulevard Project Wins FICE Engineering Excellence Award


Genesis' Franklin Boulevard Project Wins FICE Engineering Excellence Award

Posted on 2014-01-28 by Martha Lord

Genesis’ Franklin Boulevard civil engineering project has received a 2014 Grand Award in the Stormwater Category. Genesis designed, permitted and provided construction phase services for the project under significant time constraints, on behalf of client City of Tallahassee – Blueprint 2000. The project successfully eliminated the roadway's persistent vulnerability to flooding while adding safe, attractive multi-modal connectivity for area residents.

Before Condition
After Remediation (click image for larger view)

Franklin Boulevard, a half-mile urban collector in downtown Tallahassee, was platted in 1926 along the St. Augustine Branch creek. Over time, the roadway expanded to four lanes and the creek was channelized into an incised ditch. Flooding events occurred with regularity in this designated FEMA 1 00-year flood plain, causing structural damage, property value degradation and even loss of life for some pedestrians and motorists. The original improvement concept-to retrofit the ditch with a 12' x 8' box culvert, leaving the 4-lane connector within an 80' right of way-was opposed by a vocal public that favored a 2-lane road with bike lanes, sidewalks and a multi-purpose trail in addition to the essential infrastructure improvements. City and county officials agreed to the 2-lane alternative just three days before bid opening for the original box culvert design, requiring the Engineer (Genesis) to redesign the project while under construction.

The constructed improvements include:

  • New 2-lane roadway
  • Multi-use path
  • Sidewalks
  • Landscape & hardscape
  • Signalization
  • Water/wastewater conveyance and service improvements
  • Replacement of ditch with concrete box culvert
  • Innovative use of bioswales
The following video about the Franklin Blvd. Project was made in partnership with the City of Tallahassee as part of an entry in the "Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers Engineering Excellence Award" competition.

Franklin Boulevard was profiled in the Janaury 2014 Florida Engineering Society (FES) Journal. FICE's Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) recognize firms in Florida for their original or innovative applications to complex projects and studies. This year, one honor and 15 grand awards will be awarded at the 98th Annual Summer Conference and Exposition's FICE Banquet, held August 8, 2014at the Marco Island Marriott. One grand conceptor award winner will be chosen from the grand awards as the overall best engineering project from the state of Florida. This recipient will be announced during the banquet. All grand award winners may also participate nationally in "the Academy Awards of the engineering industry," the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award competition.