CHICAGO – On Friday, February 7, TERRA Engineering, Ltd. will accept the Special Achievement Award for Small Projects at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois’ 2014 Winter Conference and Annual Engineering Excellence Awards in Normal, Illinois for the design of Chicago Park District’s Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse. TERRA performed the engineering and coordination for all utility design including an innovative zero-stormwater release infiltration system, a new sanitary sewer connection and a water service extension through the existing park.

Jamil Bou-Saab, TERRA’s executive vice president, said, “Ping Tom Memorial Park is a shining example of the transformation of open space within a historically industrial area of Chicago.”

Perched near the 18th Street Bridge, the newly constructed, $2.4 million Ping Tom Boathouse provides water enthusiasts with Chicago River access, kayak rentals, a public dock for use by non-motorized boats, storage and site amenities. After the City of Chicago acquired the property for Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago Park District transformed the space into a vibrant anchor of the Chinese community.

ACEC-IL’s Engineering Excellence Awards shines a spotlight on projects of engineering achievement by Illinois consulting engineering firms. Winners are evaluated on the basis of engineering excellence, the degree to which the client’s needs are met, and the benefits to the public welfare and private practice of engineering. Special Achievement Awards are given for those projects worthy of special recognition of the engineer and the owner/client for achieving engineering excellence.

TERRA Engineering, Ltd. is a full-service, woman-owned engineering firm serving clients since 1992. With offices in Chicago, Peoria, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Oak Park, TERRA provides high-quality services for client-specific solutions within scope, budget and schedule. For more information about TERRA, call (312) 467-0123 or visit us online at


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