On February 25th, Croy Engineering was honored at the 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Georgia Engineering Awards by receiving three awards! The Skip Spann Connector project won the ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence State Award in the Transportation category, while the City of Smyrna Security Upgrades project won the Honor Award in the Building/Technology Systems category. In addition to these achievements, all attendees at the Georgia Engineering Awards event were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite award winner and Skip Spann took home the prize as The People’s Choice project. Additionally, the Skip Spann Connector project was entered into the National ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition where it received a National Recognition Award.
“This is a great honor, and a reflection of the excellent team that made this project a tremendous success. A special thanks goes out to the Town Center CID, Cobb County, Georgia DOT and Kennesaw State University who all came together to make this project a reality,” said Jim Croy, Sr, CEO & Managing Partner of Croy Engineering.
Named after the first chairman of the Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID), the Skip Spann Connector project was designed to help alleviate traffic congestion in the I-75 and Chastain Road area. It is the first lighted bridge in Cobb County and since completion has reduced traffic, increased safety for pedestrian and bike traffic, and added beautified road sections with the incorporation of planters and aesthetically pleasing landscaping.
“It is a beautiful bridge, both coming and going on I-75. It had an immediate effect on traffic relief in the northern part of the district. It has provided more than a 19% reduction of traffic on Chastain Road, which really has become a hub for the district in terms of commercial, residential, retail and restaurant, in addition to the 35,000 students who are on KSU’s campus every day,” said TCCID Executive Director, Tracy Rathbone.
Over a period of two years, Croy worked with the City of Smyrna on security upgrades for the City. As one of the fastest growing cities in Cobb County, Smyrna recognized a need to provide security and event management upgrades across the City. Croy managed the installation of a fiber network for camera systems, a layout plan of the camera network, design support, bidding and construction management. In addition, Croy integrated the City’s camera network into their Geographic Information System.
“This project is a true asset to our community and to our employees,” said Michael Jones, City Administrator for Smyrna. “We are proud of the growth of our City and the vision of our officials to provide a safe, livable city, focused on our residents and businesses and it is exciting to see the safety, economic and environmental benefits provided across our home.”
Photos courtesy of Smartegies 2017