The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 30, 2014

Summit designer is honored


For The Register-Herald

— Freese and Nichols Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., designer of a series of dams and lakes at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement for the work at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 48th annual Engineering Excellence Awards.

The site selected to be the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree had no developed water features.

Today it has lakes for swimming, fishing, rowing, and other aquatic activities thanks to the innovative design of four earthen embankment dams. Ranging from 35 to 80 feet tall and from 400 to 1,300 feet long, the dams were planned, designed, and constructed on an accelerated three-year schedule in order to be ready to host the Jamboree in July 2013.

The two-part Goodrich Lake provides a scenic backdrop for an 80,000-person amphitheater. The dams also serve as key roadways and trailways connecting multiple campsites and activity centers.

The project was among 143 engineering projects throughout the nation and the world recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements for 2013.