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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.

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