Huntington District Commander, COL Jason Evers and the Bluestone Dam Safety Assurance Mega-Project Manager, Aaron Smith traveled to the Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi to recognize members of the Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and the Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (DSMMCX) for their outstanding work to advance Phase 5.
Specifically, the group was recognized for exceptional efforts in hydraulic modeling to support design of the Phase 5 Super-Caveating Hydraulic Stilling Basin for the Bluestone Dam, Dam Safety Assurance Mega-Project. This one-of-kind state of the art stilling basin is being designed to safely pass over 800,000 cubic feet of water per second to protect a population at risk of approximately 160,000 and nearly $20 Billion in development. This group was instrumental in the completion of complex, multi-phased and dynamic modeling, including planning, development and execution. Throughout this multi-year effort, the group’s technical expertise to progress innovative data collection methods from concepts to reality and can do attitude made them a critical member of the Project Delivery Team. When the Mega-Project advanced completion of the study of the Phase 5 investment by 2 years and again accelerated design of the Phase 5 investment by 4 years, the team’s dedication and willingness to work long hours and weekends often with little notice ensures a significant investment to an important piece of West Virginia infrastructure will be completed safely and ahead of schedule. This team embodies Army Values and is a credit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nation.
Left to Right: COL Evers (LRH-DE), Zack Smith (DPW), Curtis Blades (CHL), Hayden Skipper (DPW), Chase Towne (DPW), Nick Koutsunis (DSMMCX), Aaron Smith (Bluestone PM) Also honored was Yamiretsy Pagan-Albelo (CHL) (not pictured)