Aerial view of the roundabout at Colby College. Photo courtesy of Colby College.

SLR receives 2021 ACEC Engineering Excellence Award for the Colby Roundabout Project

Michael Joyce Principal Transportation Engineer
Michael Joyce

Mike is the branch manager of the firm’s Springfield, Massachusetts office and offers 25 years of design, permitting, and project management expertise across a wide spectrum of SLR's practise areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and other regional locations. His approach to satisfying roadway, traffic, drainage, rights-of-way, and other requirements related to transportation infrastructure projects is driven by his desire to help find solutions while effectively leveraging his experience with municipal planning and engineering and specialised institutional and private site development. Mike is closely involved with SLR’s roadway, traffic, transit, bikeway, and other multi-modal transportation projects, which receive state and federal funding including all MAP-21 funding programmes.

Earlier this month, The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Maine Chapter held its 2021 Annual Engineering Excellence Awards virtual event. SLR is a proud recipient of an Honor Award for the Mayflower Drive at Campus Drive Roundabout on the Colby College campus, located in Waterville, Maine.  The project winners that were selected demonstrated engineering excellence in five categories: innovation; engineering value; client satisfaction; complexity; and social, economic, and sustainable design.

SLR’s transportation engineering One Team approach (which included Bennett Engineering in Freeport, ME and Four Points Associates, Inc. in Lewiston, ME) collaborated closely with Colby’s project management team and the construction contractor (Sargent Corporation in Stillwater, ME) to provide survey, design, value engineering, and construction phase services resulting in a cost savings to the client of over $350,000 and accelerated project delivery.  The project which was completed during the short summer campus break replaced an awkward intersection with a new roundabout providing a new gateway entrance to Colby’s Campus, in addition to the “complete streets” operational, safety, pedestrian, bicycle, and campus transit accommodations which were achieved in conjunction with Colby’s larger campus planning effort to improve the function, safety and aesthetics for students, visitors, faculty, and the local community. Photo courtesy of Colby College.

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