National Recognition Award
American Council of Engineering Companies
The Bechtel Summit Dams and Lakes project received a 2014 National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
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 in the West Virginia mountains 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 2013. The Freese and Nichols 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.