Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award
American Society of Civil Engineers - Texas Section
Freese and Nichols designed the replacement of a gated spillway with a labyrinth weir. Design for the Lake Brazos Dam cut estimated construction costs in half to $15 million. The innovative labyrinth weir design combined reuse of the existing dam site with an unconventional spillway configuration, yielding substantial reduction in time and construction cost. The new dam was engineered to streamline the permitting process, avoid environmental impacts, and substantially reduce the time to project completion.