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  • ACEC/MA Announces Thornton Tomasetti as a winner of Bronze Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the Peabody Essex Museum Renovation

    Published on November 17, 2020

    SALEM, MA :The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Thornton Tomasetti as a winner of their 2020 Bronze Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the Peabody Essex Museum Renovation in Salem, MA.

    The 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards were recently announced and will be celebrated at the 2021 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. The awards celebrate innovation, ingenuity, and excellence in engineering achievement.

    The Peabody Essex Museum Renovation provides a new gallery wing and a south-facing Asian Garden, and renovations to the existing Asian Export Art Wing and East India Marine Hall. The 40,000-square-foot expansion features dedicated gallery space, a light-filled atrium and a group entrance. There is also a new 5,000-square-foot-garden, with unique water features and plantings that offers an inviting space to sit and relax and contemplate. Rising three stories and adding a handsome façade to the Essex Street pedestrian way, the new wing enhances the older sections of the museum while providing space dedicated to presenting the museum’s extensive collection.

    Thornton Tomasetti is a 1,500-plus person engineering consulting firm headquartered in New York City. The company operates more than 50 offices, serving clients worldwide. The company has expertise in structural engineering, façade engineering, forensics, renewal, construction engineering, property loss consulting, sustainability, applied science, protective design and transportation. Thornton Tomasetti works to advance sustainable design and construction practices. About one-fifth of its staff are LEED accredited professionals (LEED AP). Thornton Tomasetti was the first structural engineering company to sign the AIA 2030 Commitment

    “The Engineering Excellence Awards program recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value and ingenuity,” said Jennifer Howe, President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and Principal and Vice President at SMMA, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. “Entrants are rated by an independent panel of judges from the architectural community, the construction industry, academia, the media, and the public sector on the basis of uniqueness and originality; future value to the profession and perception by the public; social, economic and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of the client/owner’s need, including schedule and budget. We congratulate them and thank them for their contributions to improving the quality of our everyday lives.”