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.”

See the Top 500 list at: http://enr.construction.com/toplists/Top-Design-Firms/001-100.asp


Horrocks Project Receives 2014 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award

The partnership team of ADOT, LOR Construction, Horrocks Engineers, and Premier Engineering was recently selected as the winner of the 2014 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award for their work on the US 60, Salt River Canyon Rest Area project. Horrocks Engineers was responsible for all construction administration activities for this project.

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The US 60, Salt River Canyon Rest Area project renovated the rest area on US 60 between Globe and Show Low, Arizona. The improvements included:

  • New composting toilets
  • New solar electrical system
  • New heating system
  • New well pump
  • Updating the rest area to be ADA compliant
  • Repaving the parking lot
  • Completing landscaping

This project is part of ADOT’s rest area rehabilitation program, which is renovating rest areas along Arizona state highways.

The team implemented numerous partnering principles throughout the project. An open line of communication was kept with all team members, which allowed for issues to be discussed and resolved at the lowest level possible. Additionally, all public and private stakeholders on the project remained actively involved. One of these stakeholders was the San Carlos Apache Tribe. The rest area is located on the Tribe’s reservation and once the project was complete, the Tribe blessed the new building.

Each year, the Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award is given to project teams who successfully apply partnering principles and processes within the transportation industry. A panel of government agencies, contractors, and consultants judge each project application based on criteria including charter/mission of the project team, goals, issue resolution, teamwork, and value/outcomes.

The team will be presented with the award at the 64th Annual Roads and Streets Conference in April. Horrocks is honored to be part of such a great team!

Horrocks Engineers Wins Three Separate “Best Projects” ENR Awards

Horrocks Engineers was selected as the winner of three separate ENR “Best Project” awards in the Intermountain Area (Utah, Montana, and Idaho) for Highways/Bridges, Landscape/Urban Development, and Small Project (Under $10 Million).

Highways/Bridges Best Project: St. George Boulevard Interchange at Milepost 8, St. George, Utah



This project focused on upgrading the traditional interchange at I-15 Milepost 8 into a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), structure rehabilitation, and an inclusion of a pedestrian facility.

Horrocks designed the new intersection, widened the existing bridge over I-15 at St. George Blvd, reconfigured the existing Milepost 8 interchange into a Diverging Diamond Interchange, and widened the roadway to provide standard 12-foot lanes along with 10-foot shoulders. Horrocks was additionally responsible for performing signal coordination, right-of-way and utility coordination, maintenance of traffic (MOT) modeling, and maintenance of business access in each direction during construction.

This project was a part of the I-15; MP 0-16 Environmental Assessment (EA), and is the first priority project to receive funding. The study showed that the interchange, in its origional configuration, would have fail by 2040. The Preferred Alternative for the EA was to convert the existing diamond interchange to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) to accommodate the projected 2040 travel demand.


Landscape/Urban Development Best Project: Lions Park Transit Hub and Colorado River Pathway, Moab, Utah

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The Lions Park Transit Hub and CRP Trail project is part of the Moab Canyon Pathway, a paved trail system that connects Moab to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. The completed development consists of one pedestrian tunnel, one pre-engineered restroom building, one shade structure, one pedestrian bridge, three elevated bridges, 12 retaining walls, a new section of trail, and a new transit hub.

The new section of pathway spans for two miles along the banks of the Colorado River and ranges in width from 8 – 12 feet. Certain areas along the river had very limited and sometimes insufficient space for trail placement. Rather than cut into the towering red-rock cliffs Moab is known for, Horrocks industrialized a unique solution to implement Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques and raise the trail above the river bank using an elevated trail bridge system. This allowed for the preservation of the river, red-rock cliffs, and the existing road.


Small Project (Under $10 Million) Best Project: SH-44, Linder to Ballantyne Design-Build, Eagle, Idaho

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The Central Paving/Horrocks Engineers Design-Build Team was successfully selected by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to complete the SH-44, Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane project in Idaho. This is ITD’s first ever design-build project and Horrocks is proud to be involved in this historic undertaking. Drawing on Horrocks’ previous design-build experience, our team worked closely with ITD to help expand and develop their design-build program while meeting the Department’s project goals. This 1.75 mile project reconstructed the intersection of Linder Road and SH-44, and SH-44 from Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane, and widened the existing three-lane roadway to five lanes.

The intersection of Linder Road and SH-44 was improved to provide two left-turn lanes along with two through lanes. This project included signalization of three intersections, widening of the existing Middleton Mill Canal bridge structure, drainage, utility coordination, and environmental resolution.

To complete the project efficiently and minimize impacts to the traveling public, the team implemented a carefully sequenced project phasing and staging plan while utilizing innovations. These efforts included the CRABS pavement rehabilitation process, installation of temporary pavement and signals at intersections, night-time construction activities, and continual public involvement efforts to inform roadway users of construction progress.

Horrocks Engineers selected as the winner of the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD) 2014 Excellence in Transportation Award

ITD’s 2014 Excellence in Transportation Awards

Horrocks Engineers was selected as the winner of the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD) 2014 Excellence in Transportation Award for two projects in the categories of Construction and Large Design. Bryan Foote and John Stone from Horrocks’ Nampa, Idaho office were honored for their work on these projects at ITD’s board meeting on June 19th, where they received the awards and gave recognition to ITD personnel and other key team members who contributed to the success of the projects.

SH-44; Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane Design-Build, Eagle, ID

SH-44; Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane was the first design-build project completed through the Innovative Contracting Unit at ITD. Horrocks partnered with Central Paving to design and build SH-44 from Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane. Horrocks performed the project design tasks, with Central Paving leading construction. The purpose of the project was to design, rebuild and improve SH-44 (State Street) from a three-lane to a five-lane roadway section and improve the intersection of SH-44 and Linder Road without impeding corridor functionality during construction.

I-86/Chubbuck Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), Chubbuck, ID

Horrocks assisted ITD District 5 in the design of the first DDI in the state of Idaho.  The Horrocks design team prepared the traffic signal and lighting plans as well as the construction phasing and traffic control plans for this ground-breaking project for ITD.  Horrocks utilized its significant DDI design experience and resources in Utah to aid District 5 in the application of this new interchange technology. The design work included the design of the traffic signalization at the two “crossover intersections” on Yellow Stone Ave. as well as the interchange ramp termini intersections.

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Horrocks Engineers Recognized for Excellence in Partnering

Horrocks Engineers recently performed the Program Management and Construction Engineering Management for the SR-193; 2000 West to I-15 project in Davis County, Utah.  Horrocks is excited to announce the project won the International Partnering Institute’s (IPI) top award, the John L. Martin Partnered Project Award of the Year, Diamond Level.  The project team received the award at the IPI’s Awards Ceremony in San Francisco on May 15, 2014.  According to IPI, judging factors for the award include applying IPI’s practices and partnering principals, project results, coordination with stakeholders, lessons learned, and evidence of change to the culture of construction.

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The SR-193 project consists of three miles of new construction on a five lane section of roadway.  The work includes a bridge over the UPRR and UTA FrontRunner tracks, traffic signals, noise walls, reconstruction of the D&RGW Trail, earthwork, and 3 pedestrian underpasses.

After the project started, the original design for the bridge over the tracks was redesigned by Horrocks to optimize structure geometry and lower construction costs.  Horrocks redesigned the bridge in eight weeks and saved UDOT $1.5 million.  The project, which had a total cost of $32 million, also included 91,838 hand placed blocks, 115,000 square feet of walls, and 45,735 cubic yards of PCCP (Portland Concrete Cement Pavement).

In December 2013, the project reached Beneficial Occupancy, five months ahead of schedule.  The road is fully functional and operational, but the final work will not be complete until Summer 2014.

The SR-193 project team consisted of Horrocks Engineers, HDR, Jacobs, SIS Consulting, IGES, and Jacques and Associates.

Horrocks’ excellence in partnering is also being recognized in Arizona.  At the 63rd Arizona Conference on Road and Streets in Tucson, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) awarded 10 project teams with the 2013 Partnering Excellence Award. The award recognizes teams that successfully utilize ADOT’s partnering program to produce a successful project. The partnering program focuses on nourishing productive relationships and provides processes for effective conflict resolution.

Horrocks was on four of the winning project teams:

  • Category: Roadway Project Under $5 million; Project: Urgent Repairs to Hell Canyon Bridge on SR-89
  • Category: Roadway Project Under $5 million; Project: Construction of the Little Hell Canyon Dam
  • Category: Roadway Project $5 million to $25 million; Project: Widening of Fain Road between SR 69 and SR 89A
  • Category: Other Transportation Infrastructure under $5 million; Project: Rehabilitation of the Sunset Point rest area along Interstate 17

Horrocks served as the Resident Engineer and provided inspection support on the Urgent Repairs to Hell Canyon Bridge on SR-89 project.  On the other three projects, Horrocks served as the Resident Engineer and provided Project Supervisors, in addition to providing inspection staff support and lab staff support.

2013 Partnering Award - Little Hells Canyon Dam

Horrocks Engineers receives three ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

Horrocks Engineers’ Nampa office submitted three projects to ACEC of Idaho for the 2014 Idaho Engineering Excellence Awards Competition and is pleased to announce that each project submitted took first place in its category! Horrocks will be recognized for these projects at the ACEC Idaho luncheon held in April. The winning projects include:

SH-44; Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane Design-Build


Category H: Transportation

SH-44; Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane was the first design-build project completed through the Innovative Contracting Unit at the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Horrocks Engineers partnered with Central Paving to design and build SH-44 from Linder Road to Ballantyne Lane southwest of Eagle, Idaho. Horrocks Engineers performed the project design tasks, with Central Paving leading construction. The purpose of the project was to design, rebuild and improve SH-44 (State Street) from a three-lane to a five-lane roadway section and improve the intersection of SH-44 and Linder Road without impeding corridor functionality during construction.

 Int. Snake River Ave. & Southway Ave. Roundabout

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Category J: Small Projects

The City of Lewiston, in cooperation with the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), hired Horrocks Engineers to design improvements to the intersection of Snake River Ave. and Southway Ave., as well as portions of the intersecting roadways in the City of Lewiston, Idaho. Snake River Ave. and Southway Ave. are important links in Lewiston’s transportation network and provide a connection between Lewiston and Clarkston, WA along the Snake River. This project is one of only two roundabouts in the State of Idaho to be developed under the ITD’s Federal-Aid process, and is the first roundabout constructed within the City of Lewiston.

Lewiston Stormwater Drainage Mitigation


Category F: Water and Storm Water

Horrocks Engineers was hired by the City of Lewiston to prepare hydraulic design and construction plans for the Stormwater Drainage Mitigation project in downtown Lewiston, Idaho. The objective of the project was to reduce and/or eliminate the flooding that occurs in the downtown area, impacting approximately 80 residences and commercial structures during various storm events. This project was also designed to reduce the threat of flooding to several essential government offices including the City Police Station, the City Fire Station, the County Fire Station and the County Court House. Funding for this project was secured by City staff in part by the pre-disaster grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Horrocks Engineers has again been listed on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR’s) Top 500 Design Firms

Horrocks Engineer top 500Horrocks Engineers has again been listed on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR’s) Top 500 Design Firms for 2012. Our firm ranks 347 among the 500 largest U.S.-based designs firms. Ranking is determined by amount of revenue the firm brings in, specific to design work performed. Horrocks’ solid reputation and renowned design capabilities have enabled a strong presence within the nation’s engineering industry, despite the past four years of recession.

We are proud to be among the Top 500 Design Firms in the country, particularly during a time when investment in infrastructure was down. Now, as the economy recovers and construction investments are projected to grow 6% in the coming year, Horrocks looks forward to continued success and growth. We will continue to connect people with needed infrastructure, as well as create an intelligent and planned connection to the future.

Horrocks Engineers’ Michael Brehm to Receive National Community Service Award

Washington, D.c.—Michael Brehm, senior environmental engineer at Horrocks Engineers in Pleasant Grove, Utah, will be presented a 2012 Community Service Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at the upcoming ACEC Fall Conference in Boca Raton, Fla., on October 16.

The award recognizes a principal or manager of an ACEC member firm who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life in his or her community.

Brehm has an exemplary record of community service in the Salt Lake region, including important advisory roles to four Utah Governors through various board and committee appointments.  He is a founding member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee; a member of the Utah Department of Facilities Green Building Committee, a member of the University of Utah and Utah State University ABET Engineering Accreditation Task Force; and he is a recurring instructor for young engineers studying for their P.E. exams.

He also is the oldest, longest-serving and fully active member of the Salt Lake County Search & Rescue Team, where he remains certified in mountain, swift water, winter, and climbing rescues.

Horrocks Engineers’ Senior Environmental Engineer Receives National Community Service Award

“I am very proud of this award. It means a lot to know I have been acknowledged by this pretty esteemed panel of engineering leaders from around the country.” – Michael Brehm, P.E.

Michael Brehm, P.E., has been awarded the prestigious 2012 National Community Service award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Over his 28-year career, he has contributed his time and talent to a diversity of causes including government, industry, education, and the nonprofit sector – some of which are listed below.

Michael has served appointments under four Utah governors, on an Advisory Panel supporting Technology Commercialization efforts of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and as Chair of the Governor’s Science Advisory Council. On behalf of the engineering industry, he has served as a Board Member and President of ACEC-Utah.  Michael was a founding member of the Consulting Engineers Council of Utah Environmental Committee, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee, and the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals.

His commitment to community has been illustrated in a variety of venues. He has volunteered as a judge for the Salt Lake Science and Engineering Fair and Utah FIRST Lego Competition, lending his professional knowledge to the learning experience of young students. But possibly his most outstanding community contribution has been his current role as the oldest, longest-serving volunteer on Salt County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue team. He has risen in the ranks over the years, variously serving as quartermaster, Vice-Commander, and Commander of these dedicated volunteers who brave mountain and water rescues, no matter the season.

All of us at Horrocks Engineers are proud to call Michael a member of our staff and offer our congratulations for this well-deserved honor.  He will be formally recognized at ACECs Fall Conference this October in Boca Raton, Florida.

The ACEC is the voice of America’s engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation’s economy, and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.

Horrocks Engineers Receives 2012 Excellence in Transportation Award from ITD

Horrocks is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Transportation award from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) in recognition of its innovative problem solving process and solution for issues arising after completion of the I-84 bridge expansion over the New York Canal in Boise, Idaho.

The bridge expansion required a substantial increase in the number of piers in the canal, going from 28 to 60 piers. Once construction was complete, the increase of piers resulted in wave oscillation and surging water patterns. This wave phenomenon began to erode away the east bank of the canal, creating potential for extensive damage and expense. In response, ITD retained Horrocks Engineers to investigate the cause and develop a solution. The phenomenon at play was unique; the answers could not be found utilizing any conventional water modeling software. Physical modeling was required for proper investigation.

Horrocks recruited the Utah State University Water Lab to construct a scaled physical model of the New York Canal. Their team built a 1:9 indoor scale model of a 900-foot stretch of the canal. The Horrocks/Utah State team worked closely with ITD and the Boise Project Board of Control to successfully replicate the oscillation and surging patterns. After testing a range of possible solutions, the final product was innovative, simple, and cost-effective. Placement of concrete nose cones, designed by Horrocks, on each pier completely eliminated the wave-surging phenomenon.

Horrocks’ nose cone product was constructed for less than $100,000, far exceeding ITD’s expected costs. The investment in engineering to develop this solution paid dividends to ITD in construction cost savings and provided a lasting and effective resolution to a very unique problem.

Horrocks is proud to receive ITD’s recognition and this prestigious award.