NEWS RELEASE — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin (ACEC) is recognizing the contributions of civil engineering firm Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc. of Wausau for its design work on the Alexander Airport Park improvement project.

Becher Hoppe will receive the 2019 Engineering Excellence Best of State Award on March 22 at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

“This is a tremendous honor for the community,” Project Manager Chad Grundemann said. “So many people helped to make this possible. We’d like to thank the Southeast Side Neighborhood group who spearheaded the project, the City of Wausau and Marathon County Parks department, and the local VFW and the Air National Guard for assisting with moving the jet.”

Becher Hoppe coordinated the dramatic move down Grand Avenue of a Corsair fighter jet, now prominently displayed at the park.

Located next to Wausau Downtown Airport, Alexander Airport Park was rededicated during the Wings Over Wausau event held last May.

Park improvements included aviation-themed play equipment, aviation educational displays, fitness stations, and sidewalks laid to the same orientation as the Wausau airport runways.

ACEC Awards judge Jerry Deschane said, “The overwhelming level of community support for this project really struck me. I was very impressed by the large and small ways the ‘airport’ theme carried through the entire project.”

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