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Baker Wins 2009 Engineering Excellence Award at Joint Transportation Forum

CHARLESTON, W.V. – December 23, 2009

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE Amex:BKR), was presented with the Engineering Excellence Award in the Construction Inspection Project Category at the 2009 Joint Transportation Forum sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia (ACEC-WV), the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH), and the Federal Highway Administration – West Virginia Division (FHWA-WV Division).   Baker received the award for its outstanding construction management and inspection services for the West Virginia Department of Transportation - Division of Highways on State Route 9 from County Route 9/3 to County Route 27. 

The WV-9 corridor was primarily a two-lane roadway and is being upgraded into a four-lane limited access expressway.  When finished, it will improve traffic flow for commuters to and from the Washington, D.C., area and upgrade this potential future evacuation corridor in West Virginia. 

“Baker has successfully managed multiple project contracts with WVDOH in the past and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with them again,” said John Dawson, Baker’s project manager.  “This is quite an accomplishment, especially since Baker was awarded the 2008 Engineering Excellence Award – Construction Inspection Project Specific Category for the State’s Route 9 project from Martinsburg to Charles Town, which is adjacent to the 2009 winning project.”

Baker also performed value-added services to the client, including materials testing, surveying, conflict resolution, constructability reviews, contractor proposal reviews, schedule reviews and shop drawing reviews. 

Michael Baker Corporation ( provides architecture, engineering and construction services for its clients’ most complex challenges worldwide.  The firm's primary business areas are aviation, defense, environmental, facilities, geospatial, homeland security, municipal & civil, pipelines & utilities, transportation and water.  With more than 2,300 employees in over 40 offices across the United States, Baker is focused on creating value by delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for infrastructure and the environment.

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David Higie

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