Widseth Smith Nolting's south shore redevelopment environmental clean-up project in Bemidji was named a Merit Award Winner by the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers.
The announcement came during MnSPE's 2011 Engineering Week Awards and Recognition Banquet on Feb. 25 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Curt Meyer and Tim Moe of Widseth Smith Nolting accepted the award on behalf of the WSN team and the city of Bemidji.
The annual Seven Wonders of Engineering Awards Competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of engineering.
To reclaim the 145-acre former industrial site on the south shore, the city retained WSN to provide environmental services and to plan and design infrastructure that would support the Sanford Center as well as future commercial, residential and recreational development. Numerous visioning and master planning meetings were conducted with key stakeholders, including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Accommodating the Paul Bunyan Trail was integral to the site design. The trail system winds through the site and around constructed wetlands, and future educational displays will offer a glimpse into the site's rich history as well as its burgeoning ecosystem.
Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates is a multiple-discipline firm of more than 150 employees providing engineering, architectural, land surveying and environmental services. Its offices are located in Bemidji, Alexandria, Baxter/Brainerd, Crookston, Red Wing and Rochester, Minn., and Grand Forks, N.D.