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Engineering Excellence Award

American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia

The Bechtel Summit Dams and Lakes project won a 2013 Engineering Excellence Award in the Water Resources category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia. 

Freese and Nichols planned, designed and oversaw construction of the four dams and lakes, which are the primary water features of Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The 10,600-acre site is one of the Boy Scouts of America's national High Adventure Bases and the home of their National Scout Jamboree.

All four dams were planned, designed, permitted and constructed on an accelerated schedule, and the lakes were 100 percent full in time for the Jamboree in July. Construction occurred on all four dams simultaneously — at its peak with 60 workers working two shifts totaling 20 hours per day, seven days a week.

Not only did our team complete the project on such a tight schedule, they integrated the dams and lakes into the vast Summit develop­ment work taking place at the same time. Design required coor­dination with infrastruc­ture ranging from wastewater to roads to telecom­munications; construc­tion required coordination with operations such as mine reclamation and grading. Our team also overcame challenges related to embankment seepage, availability of suitable soil material and stream flow diversion.

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