The Village of Downers Grove has been recognized by the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for its work on the naturalized basin and stormwater improvements at 2nd Street and Cumnor Road.
The ASCE awarded the village the 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for projects under $5 million. The award is presented each year to engineering projects that "exhibit the greatest engineering skills and represent the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and mankind," according to the ASCE website.
Work on the stormwater project at the 200-acre watershed on 2nd Street and Cumnor Road began in August 2011 in response to chronic flooding problems. Plans called for the voluntary buy-out and removal of homes most at risk for structural flooding, the replacement of old storm sewers and the construction of a large detention basin.
The project was designed in-house by Village of Downers Grove engineers Nate Hawk and Andy Sikich, with the assistance of V3 Engineering, a consulting firm that provided surveying, landscape design, stormwater modeling support, and construction management services.
The award will be presented to the project team at the ASCE Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Oct. 10.
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