Lochmueller Wins Three ACEC Awards in Indiana

Lochmueller Group was awarded three Merit awards for their work in 2019. These exceptional projects, while all very different, all showcase our engineer’s dedication to exceptional design.

City of Bedford Stellar Foundation, Stellar Future: When the City of Bedford received their Stellar Community designation, they were to realize three projects that they had been dreaming to complete. 1) For years, the big focus was to revitalize downtown, concentrating on merging safety, functionality and visual appeal. 2) As the residents had identified a lack of trails, the City added the Limestone trail that connects to the revitalized downtown via the local cultural district. 3) The historic, 1899 Milwaukee Railroad Depot had sat abandoned due to its undesirable location, was moved close to downtown and is now a tourist and information center displaying Bedford’s limestone history. The depot also serves as a trailhead for the City’s pathways.

Given the short time frame for completion, it was essential to adapt to fit the project within the funding restraints. Not only was this undertaking completed in a period deemed nearly impossible at the beginning, but Bedford is the ONLY community that completed ALL of its Stellar projects. This project highlights how multiple stakeholders such as the City of Bedford, the consultant, OCRA, FHWA can work together to overcome funding and time constraints to create a better place to live and work, visit and enjoy. It also shows the tenacity of the City of Bedford and Lochmueller Group to make this project successful and to never give up.

Cannelburg Road: Roadway Improvements & Buggy Lane Addition: Cannelburg Road is a 12.3-mile roadway in Daviess County connecting US 50 in Cannelburg and SR 58 in Odon. This roadway is a primary corridor running through the heart of the local Amish and Mennonite communities and serves commercial, agricultural, tourist, and residential users. The project involved the addition of two 8-foot shoulders to accommodate horse and buggy travel along with needed site distance and intersection improvements. The two challenges this project faced are transportation design and coordination, creating a design that accommodates motorized and horse-drawn buggy traffic and having the local community’s support behind

Lochmueller’s design solution. Our solution involved building trust with the Amish and Mennonite communities, listening to their concerns, soliciting ideas, and designing to meet their needs.

Storm Water Design for the Development of Grand Junction Park: Lochmueller designed an innovative storm water solution along with roadway, structural, and permitting services to support the development of Grand Junction Park in downtown Westfield. The storm water retention system mimics the pre-construction conditions where an abandoned railroad embankment with a culvert controlled water flow of the existing channel. The final design incorporated a newly constructed embankment and 3-sided box culvert, both with decorative limestone facades, to provide the same service that the railroad embankment and pipe culvert provided previously. Our team blended the hydraulic design with the architectural vision and the requirement to control the flow of water through a floodplain to form a stunning underground entrance for pedestrians to access the park without having to cross traffic.

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