Top Projects of 1986

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 7, Pg. 46-50

Document Type: Feature article


In the 1986 ASCE competition to select the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year, 14 projects were nominated. This article describes the 10 non-winners. Technically the most interesting/significant are these: (1) The new residential development of Bonita Bay on Florida's southern Gulf Coast is being created on land much of which is natural wetlands. The twin challenges were to disturb the aquatic/land ecology as little as possible yet create an economically viable projhect; the developers say the project is unique in its solution. (2) The nation's first building standing on rubber and steel base isolators is the Foothill Communities Law & Justice Center, San Bernardino County, Calif.; this approach to enabling buildings to survive earthquakes is said to have many advantages. (3) A pioneer oil drilling structure in Arctic waters is the Glomar Beaufort Sea-1; most unusual feature is its cellular concrete mid-section, the first to be made of a new kind of high-strength, lightweight, cold weather marine concrete. (4) The world's largest electric-generating station powered by landfill gas is the Omega Hills North Landfill, in suburban Milwaukee, Wis. (5) And the first polluted-groundwater cleanup project with concentration criteria in the parts per trillion range is the Mililani Town GAC (granular activated carbon) water treatment plant in Hawaii.

Subject Headings: Water treatment plants | Aquatic habitats | Wetlands (coastal) | Steel structures | Base isolation | Water pollution | Water policy | Hydro power | United States | Arctic | Wisconsin | Hawaii

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