Corps of Engineers district wins two awards
HUNTINGTON -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given its Huntington District two national awards, including one for work at East Lynn Lake in West Virginia.
The Corps' Innovation of the Year Award was presented to the East Fork bridge piling rehabilitation project at East Lynn Lake.
The team involved was able to rehabilitate a bridge at minimal costs, after corrosion had forced a partial closure and weight limit on the use of the bridge. By combining engineering principals with composite materials, the team was able to bring the bridge back to its designed capacity at less than half the typical cost, according to a press release issued by the Corps of Engineers.
The district also received the Project Delivery Team of the Year-Honor Award for work at Bolivar Dam in Bolivar in northeast Ohio. Because of seepage at the dam, a team was assembled to develop a major rehabilitation report and developed a plan to reduce the risk, including building a downstream seepage blanket extension, replacing the steel service gates, improving monitoring and instrumentation, and grouting the left abutment. The innovative design and coordination of the contract resulted in awarding of the construction contract in February 2014, according to the Corps.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Huntington District Team and a great credit to all of those involved in these projects," said Col. Leon Parrott, commander, Huntington District, said in the press release. "When you think of the thousands of projects in USACE at any given time, our team's selection for these awards attest to the professionalism and skill of our entire workforce."
Awards, given annually for excellence, were presented to 70 projects and individuals around the world at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Strategic Leaders Conference at Fort Belvoir, Va.
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