Modjeski and Masters Presents Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award

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Ralph Modjeski Award Celebrates Completion of the Great Allegheny Passage

Modjeski and Masters is one of the world’s leading bridge engineering firms, with a reputation for technical excellence and innovation that goes beyond current standards.

Michael Britt presented the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation and Archaeology at the 2014 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards.

Preserving our transportation infrastructure helps us remember our history and connects the past to the present.

Michael Britt, senior vice president and director of business development at Modjeski and Masters, recently presented the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation and Archaeology at the 2014 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards.

Bestowed at the awards luncheon on September 26th, the award honored the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage. The passage was completed in June 2013 after more than 35 years of work. The final nine miles of pathway, tunnel and bridges finished the 150-mile long trail that connects with the C&O Canal trail. The combined trails create a transportation and recreation route of natural and historic wonders that connect Pittsburgh, Pa. to Washington, D.C.

“The completion of the Great Allegheny Passage helps preserve one of the most historic corridors in the country for future generations to enjoy,” said Mr. Britt. “Recreational and historical enthusiasts can journey along the same paths that helped give rise to the United States as an industrial power and fueled our westward expansion. Preserving our transportation infrastructure helps us remember our history and connects the past to the present.”

In its seventh year, the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation and Archaeology acknowledges exceptional effort within the transportation field that results in an improvement in transportation systems while respecting and preserving the best practices of compatible design and historic preservation principles. Previous awards winners include the Masonry Arch Rehabilitation Initiative, the Franklin Street Station, Charles Davis and Henry Berman and the Academia/Pomeroy Covered Bridge.

About Modjeski and Masters
Modjeski and Masters is one of the world’s leading bridge engineering firms, with a reputation for technical excellence and innovation that goes beyond current standards. Established more than 120 years ago, the firm has been responsible for the design and maintenance of some of our nation’s most recognizable structures. Services include fixed and movable bridge design, inspection and rehabilitation, and all facets of lifecycle maintenance, research and code development. For more information, including in-depth videos of Modjeski and Masters at work, please visit http://www.modjeski.com.

About Preservation Pennsylvania
Preservation Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth’s only statewide, private nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties. The organization was created in 1982 as the Preservation Fund of Pennsylvania to operate a revolving fund that would assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of historic properties. Since its incorporation, the organization has evolved and now hosts the Statewide Conference on Heritage, hosts the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, and publishes an annual list of endangered historic properties in Pennsylvania At Risk in addition to managing the revolving loan fund. Preservation Pennsylvania also participates in educational programs and advocacy initiatives, as well as conducts special projects and offers on-site technical assistance to people across the Commonwealth.

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