One of the most satisfying things to have happen in a profession is to be recognized by others in the industry for a job well done. That’s what happened to me and several of my colleagues when the North Dakota chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) held its awards banquet recently.
As part of the banquet, I had the pleasure to accept a first-place award for work that had been done for the Bismarck, N.D., Sixth Street Parking Ramp. Not only is the ramp a beautiful structure, but it helps alleviate some severe parking shortages in the city, providing more than 480 new parking spaces for the downtown area.
Working with many different companies in planning, design and construction, the structure is something the City of Bismarck and its Parking Authority can be proud of.
I was fortunate to manage the design team and the construction observation of the project. It took a team of city officials, the parking authority, architects, engineers and contractors to complete this high visibility project in downtown Bismarck. The goal of the project was to take into account many of the features in Bismarck’s Downtown Master Plan and encourage developers to follow suit in building quality projects.
What is especially notable for this award is the person who wasn’t able to be there to accept the honor. Alan Traeholt was a colleague of mine at Ulteig who helped prepare the structural drawings for the building, working with J2 Architects and Walker Consultants in the initial planning.
Alan passed away before the project could be completed, but I feel that he would have been exceedingly proud to accept the award, and of the results of his labor. I was proud to accept it on his behalf and for the city that will benefit from his work for years to come.