In 2013, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper served as a subconsultant to Walter P. Moore & Associates in the relocation of the City of El Paso Traffic Management Center. This project was recently awarded the ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence: Gold Medal (Building/Technology Systems), 2017 and ACEC National Engineering Excellence: Award of Recognition, 2017.

“PSC was able to take all of the components and requirements of the Traffic Management System and created a clean and functional work environment,” said Michael Stills, AIA, who works in PSC’s K-12 Sector.

Following the approval of the new AAA baseball stadium for the El Paso Chihuahuas in 2013, the selected site which included City Hall and the TMC had to quickly be cleared for construction. Managing the travels of El Paso’s 700,000 citizens in the metropolitan region of 250 square miles is an important task dedicated to the TMC. To ensure safe and efficient travel, a new TMC was designed as well as a relocation of all city fiber optic systems connecting to El Paso’s IT Network Center.

While the new TMC facility was being designed, an interim TMC had to be established. This task was successfully completed in less than two weeks. The timeliness of the interim facility also earned the project recognition at the 2014 Intelligent Transportation Society of America Texas Chapter’s annual conference.

In addition to the busy timeline of accomplishing the project, Michael said that the biggest challenges were coordinating owner requirements and the work WPM to establish a plan. The new TCM building was completed in February 2016.

“Initially there was great urgency to move the TMC to their new home to make way for the new stadium,” Michael said. “However, a temporary location was established which allowed WPM and PSC more time to carefully evaluate and coordinate all options and provide the owner with a best solution.”