CME won a handful of awards at the Central New York American Concrete Institute (ACI) Awards last month. Here is a recap of CME's awards:

Dineen Hall, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY - CME won the Gold Medal in the Testing Company and Special Inspector categories.

Syracuse University law students and faculty now enjoy a new, state-of-the-art facility intended to revolutionize legal education. The 200,000-square-foot Dineen Hall will provide a cohesive teaching, research and learning space bringing the law program to a new level.

Here is the list of Gold Medal Winners on this project

Owner: Syracuse University
Architect: Gluckman Mayner Architects
Engineer: John P. Stopen Engineering, LLP
General Contractor: Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., Inc.
Concrete Contractor: Murnane Building Contractors, Inc.
Concrete Producer: Saunders Concrete
Testing Company: CME Associates, Inc.
Special Inspector: CME Associates, Inc.
Reinforcement Fabricator: The Whitacre Engineering Co.
Reinforcement Installer: EJ Construction Group, Inc.
Concrete Consultants: Reginald Hough Associates

Bernthal Way Plaza Restoration, Syracuse, NY - CME won the Bronze Medal for Excellence in Concrete Design and Installation under the Testing Company category. The project involved extensive restoration of a pedestrian plaza located between John H. Mulroy Civic Center and the historic Old Onondaga County Courthouse. A series of walls and planters, with ramps and stairways to contiguous buildings, were meticulously detailed and rebuilt.

The other Concrete Excellence winners were:

Owner: Onondaga County
Architect: Bell & Spina Architects, P.C.
Engineer: Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt
General Contractor: S.J. Thomas Company, Inc.
Concrete Contractor: Kevin Bruno Inc. Concrete Construction
Concrete Producer: Vitale & Robinson Companies
Testing Company: CME Associates, Inc.
Reinforcement Fabricator: EJ Construction Group, Inc.
Reinforcement Installer: Kevin Bruno Inc. Concrete Construction  

Syracuse University Football Program Renovations & Plaza Recognition Wall, Syracuse, NY - CME took the Concrete Award of Merit in the Testing Company category.

Clinton Combined Sewer Overflow, Syracuse, NY - CME took the Masonry Gold Medal for the Testing Company and Special Inspector categories.

The Clinton CSO Storage Facility Project is a 6.5 million gallon combined sewer overflow storage facility under construction in the parking area between the elevated rail tracks and Onondaga Creek just south of the Armory Square area of downtown Syracuse (formerly known as the Trolley Lot). During wet weather events, the facility’s three, parallel 18-foot diameter, underground storage tunnels capture flow from 9 combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the vicinity of the former Trolley Lot. The wastewater is stored in the tunnels until it can be conveyed via the main interceptor sewer to the Syracuse Metropolitan Sewage Treatment Plant (Metro) for treatment. The off-site conveyance piping, which will transmit the flow to the facility, was installed under the Clinton CSO Phase 1 and 2A conveyances projects completed in 2009. There is additional on-site conveyance piping installed under this project to connect the existing sewers to the new facility. In addition to the tunnels, there is two above-ground structures located at either end (east and west) of the parking lot, which provide access to the tunnels and house the pumping, grit collection and odor control facilities

Hutchings Psychiatric Center Building 8, Syracuse, NY - CME received the Masonry Bronze Award for the Testing Company and Special Inspector caterogies.

Below is the list of other Masonry Bronze Medal Winners:

Owner: Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Architect: Architecture +
Engineer: Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C.
General Contractor: Gaetano Construction Corp.
Masonry Contractor: Joseph Baldwin Construction Co., Inc.
Masonry Producer: Barnes & Cone, Inc.
Testing Company: CME Associates, Inc.
Special Inspector: CME Associates, Inc.

CME Associates, Inc. (CME) is excited to announce that it received the Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certification from Empire State Development on January 15, 2015. CME’s President, Elizabeth Rotundo, stated “This is a very exciting step for CME. This certification will help CME’s Clients, Contractors, Project Owners, Architects and Engineers meet their M/W/DBE goals while additionally receiving excellent services.” Please feel free to call CME's Corporate Office (315.668.0242) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

CME’s Christopher R. Paolini, P.E. presented a one hour professional development course on Shallow Foundation Construction at Engineers Week in Albany, NY in February. The presentation was attended by about 75 Design Professionals at “E Week”. The course covered an array of geotechnical topics and how they relate to the construction of shallow foundation systems, such as grading and soil improvement, excavations and underpinning, as well as dewatering and drainage. The course also touched on Chapter 17 and Chapter 18 of the New York State Building Code, entitled Structural Tests and Special Inspections, and Soils and Foundations, respectively.  The requirements in those Chapters of the New York State Building Code relate directly to shallow foundation construction. 

“It was a great Presentation!” – Professional Engineer of Ryan Biggs Associates, P.C.

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