The USA Parkway Design-Build Project Team Wins a 2018 IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award!


Every year the International Partnering Institute (IPI) recognizes projects and individuals who best exemplify the principles of partnering and promote IPI’s mission—to transform the construction industry to achieve exceptional results through a culture of collaboration.

The Partnered Project of the Year Award recognizes teams who distinguish themselves by implementing IPI’s best practices and by fostering high-trust and collaborative relationships on their projects. The USA Parkway Design-Build team demonstrated a commitment to the partnering process, achieved excellent results, and delivered an outstanding project. Applications were judged based on pre-established criteria by a select panel of impartial judges renowned for their understanding of construction partnering.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Ames Construction, and Horrocks Engineers collaborated to design and construct a transportation link between I-80 in Storey County and U.S. 50 in Lyon County. The new 4-lane roadway extends the previousUSA Parkway_1 6-mile USA Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 at Silver Springs. This 18.5-mile roadway now connects the greater Reno/Sparks area with the U.S. 50 corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuters, freight, and other traffic. It also helps support regional economic development and serves as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures.

The USA Parkway project is an excellent example of the partnering process and illustrates how a complex, challenging project can provide opportunities for a project team to overcoming those challenges through a commitment to shared goals, from the beginning of design all the way through construction. The team practiced partnering for all relationships.

Though NDOT required formal partnering, it was especially important on a project of this size and complexity. The team reached out to RHA, LLC to develop a formal partnering process, which was embraced by all team members from the executive level to the field. This process included initial sessions during design, follow-up sessions during design, initial construction partnering, follow-up during construction, and a formal rating program.

USA PKWY 1Every effort to maintain this partnering approach was crucial for the success of the project. This Design-Build was large and complex; the location was divided into four work areas, each with its own unique risks and issues relating to geography and geology. The design called for 2.8 million cubic yards of earthwork to be moved and 11 rock excavations that required 640,000 pounds of explosives for blasting. Many tasks such as utility relocations, permitting, right-of-way, and procurement had to occur simultaneously. Construction even overlapped to some extent with design, which was accelerated for this project. Other challenges included wildlife fencing modifications to accommodate the wild horse population in the area, requests from stakeholders to add utility crossings or access points, water main breaks, and the wettest winter on record, just to name a few.

Because of every team member’s perseverance to work together with partnering behaviors and attitudes on this extremely challenging project, the USA Parkway Design-Build resulted in fulfilling NDOT’s vision and providing a positive, rewarding partnering experience for all stakeholders.

Horrocks Engineers is honored and grateful to have participated in such a remarkable project, and to have been able to partner with such a successful and unified team. Congratulations to the Nevada Department of Transportation, Ames Construction, and all other supportive team members on their demonstrated commitment to partnering!


APWA/ASCE Southern Utah Conference Award Wins

Horrocks Engineers was honored to receive the following awards presented at the annual APWA/ASCE Southern Utah Conference held Feb 14–16, 2018:

APWA Southern Utah Branch
Public Works Project of the Year 2017: I-15; MP 8-10 Auxiliary Lanes and Mall Drive Underpass

ASCE Southern Utah Branch
Outstanding Civil Engineering Project 2017: I-15 Exit 4-5 Widening and Virgin River Bridges

ASCE Southern Utah Branch
Innovative Project 2017: City Creek Storm Drain Rehabilitation

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In addition to the awards, Lee Cabell and Bud Swensen were invited to give a presentation focusing on Engineer and Contractor relationships. Along with Brett John from ACC Southwest (contractor for I-15 Exit 4-5 Widening and Virgin River Bridges) and Michael Rocco from AUI, Inc. (contractor for City Creek Storm Drain Rehabilitation), the presentation focused on how engineers and contractors can partner to quickly resolve issues. Lee, Bud, Brett, and Michael shared lessons learned from their two respective projects. They demonstrated the successful partnering practices that resulted in the completion of these two complex projects with a combined value of $25 M and totaling less than 1% change orders.

A Double Win for IPI’s Partnered Project of the Year Award

Hill Field Road Project

Hill Field Road involved the reconstruction of I-15 bridges and the construction of ThrU-Turns on SR-232.

Horrocks and our wonderful partners are being recognized for collaboration on not one, but two projects. The Hill Field Road Project Team and the US 60: Oak Flat to Miami, East of Superior Project Team have both won a 2017 IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award!

US-60 Partnering Team

In 2015, IPI found that for every $1 spent on Partnering led to an average of $114 Savings for the Project

The International Partnering Institute (IPI) recognize teams who achieve exceptional outcomes through Construction Partnering by highlighting their success stories in IPI’s newsletter and Partnering Magazine and by honoring partnered teams at the Annual IPI Partnering Awards Ceremony.

The award ceremony will be held in San Francisco on May 19, 2017. Congratulations to all who put in their time and effort on these projects!


This past year Wayne Larsen received the International Right of Way Association’s (IRWA) 2015 Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year Award. To receive this award the winner must meet these requirements: make outstanding contributions through leadership positions in the chapter, regional, and international levels; fulfill educational courses and activities; participate in Association regional and international activities; and to achieve IRWA professional designations.

wayne larsenThis distinguished award demonstrates the outstanding contributions that Wayne made to the IRWA, the communities he serves, and the professionalism of his work. He has been a member of the IRWA since 1995 and has continued to grow in the eyes of the Association. Wayne performs right-of-way (ROW) lead agent services at Horrocks Engineers and has 22 years of managerial ROW experience. He also has personal involvement with more than 100 roadway/transit projects within multiple ROW disciplines. Wayne holds the IRWA SR/WA designation and certifications in appraisal (R/W-AC), the Uniform Act (R/W-URAC), and negotiation (R/W-NAC). Wayne is highly involved in the IRWA and is a Region 9 Chair and International Governing Council Member, Chapter 38 Professional Development Member, and International Transportation Committee Member at Large.

UDOT’s Right of Way Deputy Director, James Olschewski, mentioned, “This award is the highest honor that may be given amongst the Right-of-Way Professionals in an industry which you and your company have now embraced and support. Wayne has and still does go above and beyond the requirements for this award and is truly a wonderful mentor and friend, and it is a privilege for me to be associated with him.”

Sacaton Road Bridge Replacement Project Receives ENR Southwest Merit Award

The Sacaton Road Bridge Replacement project recently received an Award of Merit: Highway/Bridge from ENR Southwest. The Sacaton Road Bridge was the first Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)/slide-in type or preassembled bridge structure built on Arizona tribal lands. The project utilized the SHRP-2 toolkit (Strategic Highway Research Program), and the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery process.

The two-span structure extents across the Gila River, acting as the main outlet to the Phoenix area and connects the Gila River Indian Community to SR-87. The old bridge, built in 1961, was frequently overtopped during rain events, and the community sought a new bridge to improve roadway safety and hydraulic capacity.

Horrocks Engineers provided consulting services out of our Phoenix office and worked closely with FNF Construction, who served as CM/GC.

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The completed bridge on Sacaton Road (IR-7). Photo courtesy of FNF Construction

Sacaton Bridge

Designing and constructing the bridge using ABC techniques resulted in a nine-day closure, rather than an estimated six-month closure using a non-ABC approach.
Photo courtesy of FNF Construction

Horrocks Takes First Place with I-84 Mainline, Interchange, and Railroad Bridges Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho recently announced that Horrocks Engineers’ I-84, Broadway Avenue Interchange, and Gowen Railroad Spur Bridges project will receive First Place in Category H, Transportation, for the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.

Broadway ICHorrocks recently completed this project out of our Nampa, Idaho office. Bryan Foote, Operations Manager of Horrocks’ Nampa office and Project Manager for the project, led a team of talented professionals who worked closely with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Connecting Idaho Partners (CIP) to provide design services.

The I-84, Broadway Avenue Interchange, and Gowen Railroad Bridges project consisted of three separate projects; I-84 Mainline, Broadway Avenue Interchange, and Eastbound and Westbound I-84 bridges over the UPRR Gowen Railroad Spur Bridges.

Improvements included reconstructing and replacing the Broadway Interchange with a Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI), reconstructing the existing two lanes of I-84 in each direction for .75 miles with a new concrete surface west of Broadway Avenue, asphalt surfacing east of Broadway Avenue, and reconstructing and widening the I-84 bridges over the Gowen Railroad Spur.

This project improved traffic operation performance, pavement condition, and increased capacity to meet current and future needs. The methods and innovative solutions developed by the Horrocks team addressed risks early in the design process, reduced construction costs, and minimized impacts to the traveling public, resulting in a successfully delivered project.

Final plan, specification, and estimate (PS&E) was completed October 30th, 2013, on schedule and under budget.

The Horrocks team implemented several significant project innovations on this project, including:

  • SPUI Design — Horrocks developed a compressed SPUI design which fit within the existing right-of-way and avoided additional cost and delays associated with right-of-way acquisition
  • Companioning Projects — Companioning the Broadway Interchange, I-84 Bridges over the Gowen Railroad Spur, and I-84 Mainline into one construction project helped avoid conflicts and gain construction efficiencies
  • Bridge Piles — The Horrocks team drove test piles during the design phase to better define pile capacity, anticipate pile depths, and minimize ITD’s risk of pile quantity over/underrun during construction
  • Synchronized Construction — Developing a single construction phasing plan synchronized with the adjacent and concurrent Gowen Road Interchange project minimized impacts to the traveling public
  • Contract Milestones — Incorporating intermediate contract milestones with incentives for completion reduced the construction schedule and claim liability

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ENR Mountain States names Nampa Library Square as 2015 Intermountain Project of the Year


Horrocks Engineers served as the civil engineer for the new Nampa Library, the focal point of Nampa Library Square. The redevelopment consists of an entire downtown city block in the heart of Nampa, Idaho. The site was previously occupied by a bank, a police station, and the old fire and administration building. Among many other sustainable elements, the building has windows that helped the project earn a Green Globes rating of 3 Globes.
For the full article, click on the link: ENR Mountain States names Nampa Library Square as 2015 Intermountain Project of the Year



Springville City’s Wayne Bartholomew Park Awarded “2015 Most Outstanding Project” for Landscape/Public Space (Small)


Utah Construction & Design (UC&D) recently awarded Springville City the 2015 Most Outstanding Project in Landscape/Public Space (Small) in recognition of Wayne Bartholomew Park. The park’s main attraction is a large pond spanning three acres long and 15 feet deep at its deepest, a sandy beach for swimming access and sunbathing, five pavilions, ample grass area with trees for shade, restrooms, changing rooms, a concession stand, a large plaza, a trail around the pond, fishing docks, designated areas to play volleyball or badminton, and striking mountain views. The City secured room for future expansion and already has plans to add larger pavilions and playgrounds. Horrocks worked closely with Logan Simpson Design and Springville City to complete this project with very limited budget and time.

Horrocks Engineers provided utility design, parking layout design, grading design, and stormwater design. In addition to standard stormwater services, Horrocks designed bioswales (landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water) to reduce runoff through landscaped drainage ways. The parking lot proved challenging due to its compound curve shape—no two lines are parallel.

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For more information on the award, click here: Most Outstanding Projects 

For more information on Utah Construction & Design, click here: UC&D

Horrocks Named Firm of the Year

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ENR Mountain States has recognized Horrocks Engineers as the 2015 Intermountain Design Firm of the Year. Horrocks’ President Jim Horrocks and Principal Larry Reasch recently sat down with a reporter from ENR Mountain States to discuss Horrocks’ people, projects, growth, and history. The outcome was a feature article about Horrocks. Read the article by clicking here: Horrocks Named Firm of the Year.

Horrocks Engineers Advances to # 318 on the National ENR Top Design Firms List

Engineering News-Record (ENR) has ranked Horrocks Engineers number 318 (up from last year’s ranking of 350) in its Top 500 Design Firms list. In the list, ENR ranks United States firms based on annual revenue. Horrocks was one of only two Utah-based firms to be ranked in 2015.

“Horrocks Engineers is honored to be included in this list of the nation’s highest-caliber design firms,” said Jim Horrocks, PE, President of Horrocks Engineers. “As communities continue to grow, we are committed to growing with them.”

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