Engineering Excellence First Place Award
Texas Council of Engineering Companies
Wesley Seale Dam Spillway Rehabilitation, City of Corpus Christi
Freese and Nichols received first place in the Water Resources Category for rehabilitation of Wesley Seale Dam Spillway.
Freese and Nichols evaluated Wesley Seale Dam and found concrete bulges in the hearth slabs, cracking of buttresses and abutment members, and downstream off sets in alignment of the spillways up to four inches. Freese and Nichols' design stabilized the slab-and-buttress spillways (Ambursen Design) with 70,520 cubic yards of concrete.
The $23-million rehabilitation design saved the City approximately $5 million and achieved a 50 percent increase in the sliding factor of safety. The project was completed one year ahead of schedule.