KCA Receives Prestigious ACEC Florida 2024 Engineering Excellence Grand Award for Graham Swamp Trail and Pedestrian Bridge over SR 100
Kisinger Campo & Associates (KCA), a leading full-service transportation engineering firm, is proud to announce that its Graham Swamp Trail and Pedestrian Bridge over SR 100 project has been honored with the 2024 Engineering Excellence Grand Award in Category I: Special Projects by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL). This recognition underscores the project’s significant impact on the communities it serves.
Valued at $12 million, the project has successfully transformed conservation lands into a premium recreational amenity, benefiting both the local community and visitors to Flagler County, Florida. As a pivotal component of an expansive trail system, including an extension to Bulow Plantation and an Eco-Discovery Visitor Center, the Graham Swamp Trail allows users to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Florida while paying homage to the area’s history.
The trail alignment seamlessly connects SR 100 to the existing Lehigh Trail, covering 1.6 miles to the north. Additionally, a shared-use path along the south side of SR 100 for 0.6 miles, linking with sidewalks along Old Kings Road, enhances accessibility. KCA’s innovative design features a multi-use trail with a distinctive A-Frame styled safety enclosure, reminiscent of the historic Flagler Beach Pier, spanning over SR 100.
Navigating through sensitive conservation lands owned by Flagler County and FDOT, the project prioritized the preservation of old-growth trees and incorporated elevated walkways over three wetland areas. KCA’s design approach involved utilizing prefabricated components, minimizing impacts within a 25-foot-wide trail corridor. The walkway components, comprising steel piling and concrete superstructure elements, ensure long-term durability with minimal maintenance.
KCA’s responsibilities encompassed overall project management, trail/sidewalk design, maintenance of traffic design, structural design of the bridge and elevated walkways, permitting, lighting, signing and pavement marking (S&PM), and public involvement. Collaborating with esteemed subconsultants such as Ardaman and Associates, Inc.; Geodata Consultants, Inc.; Brindley Pieters & Associates, Inc.; HKS Associates; England-Thims & Miller, Inc.; Covalt Group; SEARCH, Inc.; Tierra, Inc.; and MASCI General Contractors, KCA overcame challenges to deliver an exceptional project.
Noteworthy accolades have been received from Flagler County Engineering Department Project Manager, Amy Stroger, LEED AP, who praised KCA for designing a “unique, one-of-a-kind structure that would enhance the SR 100 corridor leading to Flagler Beach.”
The project’s impact extends beyond engineering, providing numerous social, economic, and sustainability benefits to the local community, including a visually striking SR 100 A-Frame safety enclosure, durable materials, access to natural beauty with minimal environmental impact, and the anticipated boost in tourism and associated revenue with the trail and proposed Visitor and Eco-Discovery Center.
KCA, established in 1976, is a Florida-based firm with offices throughout Florida, North Carolina, and Texas, comprising nearly 340 professionals, including 90 Professional Engineers (PEs). Recognized consistently among Engineering News-Record’s “Top 500 Design Firms” in the United States, KCA remains committed to delivering innovative and impactful engineering solutions.
For more information about KCA, please visit: www.kisingercampo.com.