Hays County Roundabout Recognized by the American Council of Engineering CompaniesCorporate, Engineering + InfrastructureApr 12, 2023
The Hays County Commissioners and American Structurepoint have earned a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for exceptional engineering excellence for the FM 3237 and FM 150 Roundabout project in Hays County, Texas
The 2023 ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards recognized the Hays County Commissioners and American Structurepoint for the project team’s solution to design and build a single-lane roundabout to replace a dangerous “T” intersection. The project also received a Gold Medal (first-place) Award for engineering excellence from ACEC Texas.
“American Structurepoint is thankful for the opportunity to partner with Hays County to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians while preserving historic assets important to the community,” - American Structurepoint President Rick Conner
The project’s goals were to ensure the safety of Hays County residents and travelers by constructing safe and effective transportation improvements in a growing Central Texas community while honoring the community’s character. By using a roundabout rather than a traditional T-intersection with traffic signals, the improvements provide a more efficient movement of vehicles, a safer intersection, and environmental benefits.
American Structurepoint engineers collaborated with Hays County stakeholders and the Driftwood Historical Conservation Society to design the roundabout with sustainability in mind. The intersection included the installation of Dark Sky compliant lights with a warmer amber color that reduces the glare and amount of lighting reflecting off the roadway while still meeting the Texas Department of Transportation design standards. This approach preserves the local character of the community, allows more visibility for stargazing, and reduces the impact on the natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. American Structurepoint engineers also protected the environment and community character by working with the County to preserve three historic oak trees located in the roundabout’s center island.
The project included drainage improvements to the roadway and adding a new storm sewer system and culverts. Complex issues were addressed such as a buried underground telecommunication line that ultimately saved Hays County thousands of dollars in relocation costs. The new roundabout provides better, safer access and improves traffic flow in a growing area of Hays County.
“American Structurepoint is thankful for the opportunity to partner with Hays County to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians while preserving historic assets important to the community,” said American Structurepoint president Rick Conner.
About American Structurepoint
American Structurepoint, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a national architecture and engineering consulting firm. We define the standard of excellence for people across the world who want help building and bettering their community. American Structurepoint professionals work in 16 design centers throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Engineering News-Record (ENR) has consistently listed the company as a Top 200 Design Firm. The firm achieved its highest ranking ever on the 2022 list, rising to No. 134. After more than 56 years of steady growth, American Structurepoint offers consulting and comprehensive design services to improve the quality of life for our people and our communities. For more information, visit www.structurepoint.com.