MDOT PROJECTS WIN AWARDS AT ANNUAL MARYLAND QUALITY INITIATIVE CONFERENCE

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BALTIMORE, MD (February 12, 2020) – Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects received 17 awards at the recent Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) conference at the Baltimore Convention Center. The MdQI Awards of Excellence recognized project teams and private sector partners for exceptional projects in 2019. ​

MdQI, a consortium of agencies and associations representing Maryland's transportation industry, was founded by MDOT SHA and private sector representatives in 1993. Since its founding, the group has expanded its mission and activities to include all MDOT transportation business units and MDTA, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), local government transportation and public works agencies, and industry associations.

The MdQI Conference is an annual gathering to support the efforts of Maryland’s transportation industry and agencies. Each year, industry experts representing public and private sectors evaluate MdQI Award of Excellence nominations. Criteria for awards may include planning and design, innovation, sustainability, environmental quality, specification compliance, traffic engineering, maintenance, cooperation, contract administration, materials compliance, production equipment, erosion and sediment control, project management, adherence to schedules, subcontracting and overall project quality. 

“MdQI continues to embrace innovation and partnership, delivering reliable, safe, effective transportation infrastructure to Maryland customers,” said MDOT Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis. “It was a pleasure to see MDOT recognized for outstanding projects that are helping to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.”

MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) led the awards total at the January 23 ceremony with six MdQI honors. MDOT SHA captured Project of the Year honors in the category of projects under $5 million for construction of a retaining wall to promote slope stabilization along Conowingo Road in Harford County. Other MDOT SHA award-wining projects included the $33.4 million widening and reconstruction of MD 32 between MD 108 and Linden Church Road in Howard County; the $21 million bridge replacement at MD 261 over Fishing Creek in Calvert County; and intersection and safety improvements at US 50 and Sixty Foot Road in Wicomico County.

(See list below for details on all awards.)

Other MDOT business units receiving awards included the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).

MDOT MAA won five awards, including two for the $8.6 million project to reconstruct the concrete pavement apron surrounding 10 aircraft gates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Concourse B.  MDOT MAA contractor Machado Construction of Baltimore won the Minority Business Enterprise/Women’s Business Enterprise Award for Construction for this project.

MDTA won three MdQI Awards of Excellence, including MdQI Project of the Year over $5 million for the $52.8 million project to replace the superstructure of the I-895 Bridge over Patapsco River Flats. MDOT MTA also won three awards, including honors for design and construction in the category of projects over $5 million for the $7 million Camden Station, which opened in September 2019. Camden Station also received the award in the Green/Sustainability/Environmental category for its energy-efficient features.

The MdQI consortium includes:  

​MdQI sponsors ten subcommittees: Awards, Conference, Innovation, Partnering, Project Development, Public Relations, Outreach, Transportation Operations, Safety and Utility.  Each subcommittee works throughout the year to support the consortium’s mission, goals and activities; facilitate productive discussion and problem-solving; recognize industry achievements; and provide technical sessions on industry practices and issues.  These activities include the statewide Annual Conference, Awards of Excellence program and a transportation-related Minority Business Enterprise networking event.

One of MdQI’s goals is to educate Maryland students about the transportation industry and associated careers.  Student outreach events include middle school and high school visits, the annual Engineers Week program for middle school and high school students at the Engineers Club of Baltimore, and the MdQI Transportation Career Day for high school students at the War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore.  In 2019, MdQI updated its website, joined LinkedIn and created a new website for students interested in transportation careers.  ​

The Innovation Subcommittee hosted the first statewide Innovations Showcase at the Maryland State Fairgrounds and strives to bring innovations forward from the public sector, private sector and academia. 

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Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Awards of Excellence for 2019
Presented in Baltimore on January 23, 2020

 

Planning Award
Project:   Strategic Vision Planning
Agency:  Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA)
Scope:    Visionary infrastructure development of BWI Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport
Location:   BWI Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport
Cost:    $6 million
County/City:   Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties
Firms:   AECOM - Hunt Valley, MD
              Landrum & Brown - Herndon, VA
            
Minority/Women's Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Award Construction
Project:   BWI Concourse B Apron Pavement Reconstruction
Agency:   MDOT MAA
Scope:    Reconstruction of concrete pavement apron surrounding ten aircraft gates
Location:   BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Concourse B
Cost:    $8.6 million
County/City:   Anne Arundel County
MBE/WBE
Firm:   Machado Construction - Baltimore, MD

 

MBE/WBE Award Engineering
Project:  US 50 at Sixty Foot Road Geometric Improvements
Agency:   Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)
Scope:    Intersection upgrades to ensure traffic safety
Location:   US 50 / Sixty Foot Road intersection
Cost:    $600,000
County/City:   Wicomico County
MBE/WBE
Firm:   Mercado Consultants - Columbia, MD
         
Green/Sustainability/Environmental
Project:   MARC Camden Station
Agency:   Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)
Scope:    Construction of a terminal station for the Camden Line
Location:   Camden Yards (Conway Street) in Baltimore
Cost:    $7.2 million
County/City:   Baltimore City
Firms:    AECOM - Hunt Valley, MD
              Barton Malow Company - Baltimore, MD

Innovation
Project:   I-895 over Patapsco River Flats Superstructure Replacement
Agency:  Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)
Scope:    Superstructure replacement of bridge on I-895 over Patapsco River Flats
Location:   Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Facility, east of Baltimore, MD
Cost:    $52.8 million
County/City:   Baltimore City
Firm:    RK&K - Baltimore, MD
            
Partnering – Project Under $5 Million
Project:  MD 224 Bridge over Branch of Potomac River
Agency:   MDOT SHA
Scope:    Small structure replacement
Location:   MD 224 over branch of Potomac River
Cost:    $1.1 million
County/City:   Charles County
Firm:    Anchor Construction - Washington, DC
            
Partnering – Project $5 Million to $10 Million 
Project:   BWI Concourse B Apron Pavement Reconstruction
Agency:   MDOT MAA
Scope:    Reconstruction of concrete pavement apron surrounding ten aircraft gates
Location:   BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Concourse B
Cost:    $8.6 million
County/City:   Anne Arundel County
Firms:    P. Flanigan & Sons - Baltimore, MD
               Parsons Transportation - Glen Burnie, MD
               Airport Design Consultants - Linthicum Heights, MD
               Michael Baker International - Linthicum, MD

 

Partnering – Project Over $10 Million

Project:  MD 261 Bridge over Fishing Creek
Agency:   MDOT SHA
Scope:    Bridge replacement
Location:   MD 261 bridge connecting the towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach
Cost:    $21 million
County/City:   Calvert County
Firms:    Wagman Inc. - York, PA
               Town of Chesapeake Beach

 

Modal Awards – Projects Under $5 Million

County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM)
Project:   Development of a Pipe Culvert Asset Management Program
Agency:   CEAM / Montgomery County
Project:   Development and implementation of a county-wide pipe culvert asset management program
Location:  Montgomery County
Cost:    $350,000
County/City:   Montgomery County
Firms:    Mercado Consultants - Columbia, MD

 

MDOT MAA
Project:  Noise and Operations Monitoring System Replacement
Agency:   MDOT MAA (Maryland Aviation Administration)
Project:   Implementation, construction and deployment of a new Noise and Operations Monitoring System (NOMS)
Location:   BWI Marshall Airport
Cost:    $900,000
County/City:   Various locations in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties
Firms:    Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. - Baltimore, MD
               EMS Brüel & Kjær - Sacramento, CA

 

MDOT MTA
Project:  Retaining Wall South of Light Rail Cold Spring Station
Agency:   MDOT MTA
Project:   Stabilization of slope of Jones Falls riverbank adjacent to Light Rail track
Location:   Light Rail track bed south of the Cold Spring Lane Station in Baltimore City
Cost:    $1,850,000.00
County/City:   Baltimore City
Firms:    Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC - Baltimore, MD
               Amtrac Railroad Contractors of Maryland - Hagerstown, MD

 

MDOT SHA
Project:  Retaining Wall on US 1 (Conowingo Road)
Agency:   MDOT SHA
Scope:  Slope stabilization
Location:   Along US 1 south of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station in Darlington
Cost:    $1.7 million
County/City:   Harford County
Firms:     Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP - Baltimore, MD
                Mercado Consultants - Columbia, MD
                JJID, Inc. - Bear, DE

 

Modal Awards – Project Over $5 Million

Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT)
Project:   Midtown Streetscape/Traffic Improvements
Agency:   BCDOT
Project:   Enhancement of midtown area by improvement of pedestrian and bicycle use,
traffic operations and aesthetics
Location:   Baltimore City – Midtown Cultural District
Cost:    $7.7 million
County/City:   Baltimore City
Firms:    Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP - Baltimore, MD
                P. Flanigan & Sons - Baltimore, MD

CEAM

Project:  Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse
Agency:   Queen Anne’s County
Project:   Design and construction of the new Circuit Courthouse building
Location:   Centreville, MD in Queen Anne’s County
Cost:    $25.5 million
County/City:   Queen Anne’s County
Firms:    Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Washington, DC
               The Mullan Contracting Company - Owings Mills, MD

 

MDOT MAA

Project:   BWI Concourse B Apron Pavement Reconstruction
Agency:   MDOT MAA
Scope:    Reconstruction of concrete pavement apron surrounding ten aircraft gates
Location:   BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Concourse B
Cost:    $8.6 million
County/City:   Anne Arundel County
Firms:     P. Flanigan & Sons - Baltimore, MD
               Parsons Transportation - Glen Burnie, MD
               Airport Design Consultants - Linthicum Heights, MD
               Michael Baker International - Linthicum, MD

 

MDTA
Project:  I-895 over Patapsco River Flats Superstructure Replacement
Agency:   MDTA (Maryland Transportation Authority)
Project:   Superstructure replacement of bridge on I-895 over Patapsco River Flats
Location:   Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Facility, east of Baltimore
Cost:    $52.8 million
County/City:   Baltimore City
Firms:    RK&K - Baltimore, MD
                McLean Contracting Company - Glen Burnie, MD

 

MDOT MTA
Project:   MARC Camden Station
Agency:   MDOT MTA
Project:   Construction of a terminal station for the Camden Line
Location:   Camden Yards (Conway Street) in Baltimore
Cost:    $7.2 million
County/City:   Baltimore
Firms:    AECOM - Hunt Valley, MD
               Barton Malow Company - Baltimore, MD

 

MDOT SHA
Project:   MD 32 Design-Build
Agency:   MDOT SHA
Scope:   Roadway Widening/Reconstruction
Location:   From MD 108 to north of Linden Church Road
Cost:    $33.4 million
County/City:   Howard County
Firms:    Whitman, Requardt and Associates - Baltimore, MD
              JMT - Hunt Valley, MD
               Concrete General - Gaithersburg, MD

 

MdQI Project of the Year - Under $5 Million
Project:   Retaining Wall on US 1 (Conowingo Road)
Agency:   MDOT SHA (State Highway Administration)
Scope:    Slope stabilization
Location:   Darlington, Maryland south of the Conowingo Hydro Station
Cost:    $1.7 million
Firms:  Whitman, Requardt and Associates - Baltimore, MD          

Mercado Consultants - Columbia, MD
                JJID, Inc. - Bear, DE
               
MdQI Project of the Year - Over $5 Million
Project:  I-895 over Patapsco River Flats Superstructure Replacement
Agency:   MDTA
Project:   Superstructure replacement of bridge on I-895 over Patapsco River Flats
Location:   Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Facility, east of Baltimore, MD
Cost:    $52.8 million
County/City:   Baltimore City
Firms:     RK&K - Baltimore, MD
                McLean Contracting Company - Glen Burnie, MD


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