The Seattle Post of The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) awarded its 2014 Small Business Design Excellence Gold Award to a fish passage design project that GeoEngineers partnered on for the US Navy.
The award is the top honor in its category and recognizes the fish passage project’s contributions to improve operations of the Navy, the high degree of complexity and innovation employed, its sustainable elements and the cooperation between the partnering firms, stakeholders and the Navy.
The project, completed in partnership with Reid Middleton and Fraser & Fogle Architects, used trenchless technologies to replace a failing culvert along the Shelton-Bangor-Bremerton railroad, near Belfair, Washington. GeoEngineers developed the civil design concept and geotechnical details for constructing a 275-foot long, 20-foot diameter tunnel to replace the failing culvert. Reid Middleton completed final plans and specifications to comply with Navy requirements. From assessment and design concepts through construction, the entire project took two years to complete.