WILMINGTON, Calif. — December 14, 2011 — The Port of Los Angeles has earned three prestigious engineering and design awards for Wilmington Waterfront Park, a 30-acre green space that has become a community icon since opening in June.

The Port received the 2011 Project of the Year Award by the Southern California Chapter of the American Works Association (APWA). The Port, along with consultant team Sasaki Associates, Inc., also received the 2011 Best Project Award in the Landscaping/Urban Planning category by Engineering News-Record (ENR) California Magazine.

In addition, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has announced it will honor the Port of Los Angeles and Sasaki Associates, Inc. with the 2012 Merit Award in Engineering Excellence.

“These three prestigious awards from such highly respected organizations is a testament to the effort by both the Port and Sasaki Associates to design a world-class urban park,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the many Wilmington residents who led the effort to build a park the community would cherish for generations. Together, we have succeeded.”

Wilmington Waterfront Park is designed to serve as a buffer between Port operations and adjacent residences. The park’s 16-foot high slope along the south border serves as a noise barrier and offers elevated views of the Port from a new El Paseo Promenade.

The park is a 30-acre landscaped area with gentle slopes, lawns (grass and artificial), trees, bike paths, walkways, benches, water features, pedestrian bridges, restrooms, elevated observation points, a public events plaza, children’s playground, barbeques and a picnic grove.

Construction of the park began in 2009 and was completed in June 2011 at a total cost of $55 million.

ENR California, published by McGraw-Hill Construction, is the leading source of information on construction news, work, projects, products, people and design. The magazine’s audience includes contractors, project owners, engineers, architects, government regulators and industry suppliers. For more information, visit www.california.construction.com.

American Public Works Association (APWA) is the professional association of Public Works leaders throughout the United States and Canada. The Southern California Chapter covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and there are over 1,400 members in the Chapter. The purposes of the Chapter's awards program are to recognize public agencies for their outstanding projects and programs, and to share the wealth of good ideas.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (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. For more information, visit www.acec.org.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.

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