Photo courtesy of ACEC
(l-r) Terry Neimeyer, ACEC Chairman; Tim Volz, URS, Vice President Americas West Group; David A. Raymond, ACEC, President and CEO; Karl von Rosenberg, Denver Service Center, Elwha River Restoration Program Manager; Rodger Evans, Denver Service Center, Chief, Design and Construction Western Division.
The project to remove two hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park has received a Grand Award at the 46th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards, a juried national competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). More than 600 attended the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, held April 17 in Washington, D.C. A total of 147 preeminent engineering achievements from throughout the world were recognized during the event.
“The Elwha River Restoration ACEC Grand Award is significant engineering industry recognition. We appreciate the good work and partnership with URS Corporation to achieve it,” said Rodger Evans, Chief of the Denver Service Center Design and Construction Western Division.
Demolition of both the Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam began in September 2011, and is scheduled for completion in September 2014. The $325 million restoration program includes close to 50 projects, including constructing two new water treatment facilities, protecting private homes from flooding, improving treatment for industrial waters users to accommodate high sediment loads, constructing a new tribal fish hatchery, removing dams, managing sediment displacement, performing revegetation, and ensuing fish restoration.
Strong partnerships are instrumental to the success of the Elwha River Restoration. Key partners with the National Park Service include the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, the City of Port Angeles and Clallam County, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and several Washington State agencies, including Department of Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Health.